Should Beaverton School District have purchased PCs instead of Macs for students? [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. :: ]
(Oregonian (Portland, OR) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 18--Beaverton School District asked its school leaders to choose between Macs and personal computers before it purchased 2,000 machines for the coming school year.
Of the 2,000, schools selected 72 PCs and 1,928 Macs, mostly desktops. It's fair to say the two types of computers share a lot more traits nowadays, but there are benefits and detriments to both.
Commenters on a story about the district preparing the 2,000 computers for delivery to Beaverton's 51 schools raised questions about the choice to go with Macs over PCs.
Where do you stand on the Mac vs. PC debate for Beaverton School District computers? Given the number of computer engineers and other tech savvy folks in the district, I would like to get more thoughts about the Mac vs. PC issue. Please add your thoughts to the comments section of this story or feel free to email me.
Here are the comments from the original story.
Jenni S.: "They really should have gone with PCs instead of Macs. You can buy ones that are just as hardy at a much lower cost. That would mean more computers for the same price. The warranty would also be less since the computer's replacement cost would be lower. Not only that, but maintenance and software tend to be less as well.
Buying PCs would also give students experience on the types of computers they are most likely to use at a job or internship."
Jacksonstew: "Agreed. PC is all around a better choice. Cheaper and more likely to be used after they're out of school."
-- Wendy Owen
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