One of the questions we’re asked most is, “Which is better, Mac or PC?” It’s a good question, one that is more and more common now with the “sexiness” of Apple Macintosh computers being touted in TV commercials, the prevalence of iPods, iPhones and iPads, and the new Intel-based versions of Mac computers that can run Windows operating systems in addition to the Apple OS.
Unlike Microsoft Windows, new versions of the Macintosh operating system tend to be redesigned from the ground up, providing a much more stable and effective operating system. With Mac OS X, users have a lot less to worry about as opposed to a PC running Windows XP or even Windows 7: no viruses, no trojans, and no crashes.
And Apple delivers even more: a seamless integration between hardware and software. When you buy a PC and install Windows, chances are that you are installing the operating system on a set of hardware that was never really fully tested together. Different combinations of plug-and-play hardware are what causes Windows to crash time and time again. Even when you purchase a pre-built PC from a manufacturer such as Dell, Sony, or Toshiba, you’re getting an operating system that was created completely separate from the hardware it is being installed on, often requiring multiple driver updates and patches in order to get everything to play nicely together.
On the other hand, with an Apple computer, you get an operating system that was fully tested with the hardware ahead of time. Did you ever wonder why Apple computers are only available from Apple? It’s because it allows the operating system developers to test their software on all the different hardware configurations before shipping the product. PCs come in too many varieties to be tested fully, and Microsoft doesn’t offer a “Windows computer” — they just provide the software — meaning that you as the end-user effectively become the tester for their products.
Should I buy a Mac or a PC laptop for my small business?
Do you enjoy having a stable computer? Do you use your computer constantly and often find you have to reboot to get it working at normal speed again? Would you like to forget about virus scanning software completely? Then you need a Mac.
What’s more, the your Apple machine does most of the work in the background, leaving you to focus on the most important decisions. Developers and computer wizards used to pride themselves on knowing the internals of their Windows machines. Today that’s changing, as people realize they have better things to do than spend all their time at a computer terminal, when they could go out and enjoy life.
That’s exactly what switching to a Mac can do for your productivity. Your computer will let you be as productive as you can, by getting out of your way, so that you can get back to running your business.
“In the summer of 2006, I upgraded about 80% of my company’s computers to Macs; we’re a design agency, and so most people wanted Macs anyway. I kept hearing about their strengths — how the OS never crashed, how it just worked, how you don’t need to reboot every day — and dismissed them as blind lust from googly-eyed Apple enthusiasts.
“But something changed. People started doing things quicker. Work started flowing faster (I estimate by about a third). After seeing how I could still use Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel on a Mac … I decided to take the plunge myself.
“I upgraded the company’s remaining PCs to top-of-the-line Macs — to the tune of about $4,000 each. Gave them each 8GB of RAM (probably overkill), top video cards, and two Samsung 24-inch screens.
“Words can’t describe how much productivity rose, including my own. The same machine, two years later, sits on my desk and operates flawlessly every day. On the left, I have my Mac desktop, where I browse the web, listen to music, search for files using Spotlight (far better than Windows search), prepare presentations (in Keynote — far superior to Powerpoint) and look for files on our public file server (still a PC).
“On the right screen I run Parallels with Windows XP SP3. I use Microsoft Office 2007, which works flawlessly with our Exchange server. I can drag and drop between the Mac and PC, even copy and paste. The Mac truly runs Windows better than PCs do.” — Michael Schneider, CEO of Fluidesign on Which is better for your business? A Mac or a PC?
At Specialized Computing Innovations, we have found that Mac networks are not only easy to use, they are more consistently reliable, both in hardware and in software, and they take less of our time to manage which translates into savings for our customers. Using Macs nearly eliminates device driver errors, malware & viruses, computer hardware conflicts, debilitating crashes and the dreaded “blue screen of death.”
When it comes to equipping your business with technology, we are big fans of the Mac. In fact, it’s what we use for our own business. We are happy to help you pick out the best fit for you, set up your Mac networks and service your out-of-warranty Apple Macintosh computers.
To learn more about the services we offer, visit our IT Support Services page.