Re: New Laptop? Advice needed.
I think a big reason why Macs seem faster is because a lot of people bog their Windows PCs down with tons of bloatware/unneeded software. Macs don't have a lot of that, but at the same time if you're slowing your PC down with that it's a user problem. Another reason I'd say they feel faster is because people often compare apples to oranges. A MBP runs like what, 1800 bucks? If you buy yourself an 1800 dollar Windows PC and take care of it it'll be every bit as fast as a Mac, probably faster.
Certain processors age really fast, they're usually the ones found in lower end Windows PCs. A fast processor from 4 years ago is still pretty fast tho...and it's not like Mac builds their own special processors, they're using Intel chips as well. Because of their price range they're just not using the cheaper ones.
After so many years of picking up random junk from browsing the web any computer is bound to slow down, since the Mac OS is designed to use only what they decide you can use, they're less susceptible to that junk. Just take care of your PC and get good hardware, it'll last you as long as you want.