|METHODOLOGY We scored individual categories based upon debates, experiences, and expertise of PC Magazine editors and analysts. Before calculating final scores, we assigned weights to categories, considering interface, third-party software, and drivers/hardware as more important, and one-time factors such as price and installation as less important.|
Contemplating a change? First consider what kind of user you are. Here are our suggestions:
Any OS. You don't need anything fancy to browse the Web and send e-mail.
Windows. Get things done with minimal fuss.
Windows. Millions of gamers can't all be wrong. (Or buy a Nintendo Wii.)
Windows. All cameras work with it, and the imaging tools are plentiful.
Mac OS. It's what the pros in -Hollywood prefer.
Mac OS. The other artsy people will laugh at you if you use anything else.
Ubuntu. You'll get the most satisfaction from taming this somewhat wild beast.
Ubuntu. Not lining the pockets at Apple and Microsoft just feels good.