This Questionnaire is written by Alexander Duncan (

Should I Buy a Macintosh or a PC?

Instructions: The following questionnaire focuses on subtle but well established differences between the two major computing platforms todayPC versus Macin order to identify in an objective and quantifiable way which platform the respondent should purchase or lease. Respond to each question on a scale of 0 to 10, a score of 0 meaning that the statement does not apply to yourself at all, and a score of 10 meaning that the statement applies as strongly as possible (5 indicates average or lukewarm agreement). Estimate the appropriate rating for each question in relation to yourself between these two extremes. Total your scores and identify the result at the bottom of the page. It is important that you answer all questions honestly without attempting to analyze the relevance of each question to any particular result.

  1. I need to spend as little as possible for what I get.
  2. I want a quality product.
  3. I want to be compatible with the majority.
  4. I am interested in desktop publishing.
  5. I am interested in multimedia.
  6. Ease of use is important to me.
  7. I want to sell my own programmes to the largest possible market.
  8. I am interested in business computing.
  9. I am socially progressive.
  10. I am a creative person.
  11. A little risk does not frighten me.
  12. I need to be able to purchase from a large variety of available software.
  13. I want to learn computing so as to get a job or promotion.

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Macintosh & Unix
Windows & Unix
Macintosh, Windows, & Unix

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note: You can caluculate your point (caluculated as follows) automatically.

Add up the total score for questions 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11, and divide by 7. From this total subtract the total score for questions 1, 3, 7, 8, 12, and 13, divided by 6. The result will range from -10 to 10. If the result is negative, you should get a PC. If the result is positive, get an Apple Macintosh. The degree of deviation from 0 indicates the strength of your preference for one platform or the other. If the result is near 0 you might wish to consider purchasing a hybrid system.

Copyright 1998 by Alexander Duncan. All rights reserved. The author asserts his moral right.