Matt Krantz over at USA Today has an article that offers an unbiased answer to a reader's question: What's a better computer for online investing, a PC or a Mac? Krantz advises that Windows Vista PCs win “hands-down” over Macs for things like better software compatibility, better community support, IE and greater user productivity. And his fundamental point on cost should hit home for anyone (not just online investors) in the market for a new computer:
...For less than $500, you can buy a Compaq Presario CQ50Z laptop. It comes with a 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of memory, an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, 120 gigabyte harddrive and wireless networking. A capable machine by today's standards and more than adequate for an online investor, for less than $500.
Now, let's see what's available from Apple. You'll need to spend at least $1,099 for a MacBook, which comes with the same memory and hard drive. The MacBook has a slightly faster microprocessor, 2.1 GHz, but you won't notice the difference if you're just Web surfing.
In this case, you save $600 that could be invested in stocks instead of sent to Cupertino...
Source:→ Windows Vista Blog