Should you choose Mac or PC for your business?

Mac or PC

Should you choose Mac or PC for your business?

The debate between choosing a Mac versus a PC for your business is probably a close second behind whether you put tomato sauce in the cupboard or fridge.

Choosing the right type of computers for your local Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula or Surf Coast business (and your team) can be a daunting task, especially given many of your employees may have strong personal preferences for one or another. If you are on the hunt for business laptops or desktops and are in the PC versus Mac stage of decision-making, this article is for you.

What is the main difference between PC and Mac?

The main difference between Macs and PCs is the operating system. You have probably heard that term before but may not understand what it means. Let us explain.

What is an operating system?

An operating system is like the brain of your computer; it is the master program that controls the basic functions of any technology device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, smartwatch, etc.). Familiar desktop operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Google Chrome OS, and Linux. Every technology device has an operating system, even smartphones (Apple iOS or Google Android are the two most common smartphone operating systems). Your device’s operating system allows you to do all the things you want to do on your computer—update spreadsheets, take photos, play games, listen to music, write Word documents, use GPS, the list is endless.

So now you understand what an operating system is, how do you choose between a PC and a Mac? A simple question with a complicated answer. It depends on what you need to use your computing devices for, your budget and your personal preferences.

Design

As you may have seen, Mac and PC operating systems are visually very different. Can you learn to use the other type of operating system, sure, operating systems are more of a personal preference. There are some other things you should take into account when deciding between Macs and PCs.

PCs vary drastically in design from machine to machine, whereas Macs have a more consistent look. Apple manufactures all Mac-related products, whereas PCs (or personal computers) are made by a variety of companies (Lenovo, HP, Dell, Intel, etc.).  PC’s run on a variety of operating systems (Google Chrome, Microsoft Windows or Linux), whereas Apple devices run only on macOS or iOS. 

Pros and Cons of Macs versus PCs

Now that you understand operating systems and design varies between Macs and PCs, we are ready to look at the overall pros and cons of both.

Pros of Macs  
  • Low maintenance: If your business doesn’t have the budget for I.T support, a Mac may be a good option. Apple laptops and desktops are famously low-maintenance and not often a target for hackers.   
  • Industry standard for design: If you employ a lot of designers or creative professionals, Macs are a good option. Digital graphic design started on Macs, and the system still is a pioneer in the creative industry.
  • Luxurious design: Compared to high-end PCs, Apple laptops and computers operate like luxury machines. Apple is known for bright and colourful displays, responsive keyboards, and highly sensitive trackpads. 
  • Status symbol: While it may be awkward to admit, status and perception by others is a reason many people prefer Apple computers. If part of your business involves impressing clients or investors, Macbooks might be the way to go. 
Cons of Macs 
  • Expensive: without a doubt, all of Apple’s products are costly. There are no budget options for Macs. 
  • Limited options: Apple is the only manufacturer of Mac products. When you shop for a MacBook or an Apple desktop, the design, operating system and set up options are limited. Similarly, if you need replacement parts, you will have to shell out top dollar or take your chances with an after-market product.
  • No touch screens: There aren’t any Macs with 360-degree hinges, touchscreens or stylus capabilities. However, Apple does make a line of iPads to serve this market. Take into account your business or personal needs and your users’ styles when considering if an Apple product is right for your employees.
  • Office for Mac: While there is a Microsoft Office version for Macs it is not identical to the PC version and users may struggle using the Mac version if they are used to the PC version. 

Now that we have outlined the pros and cons of Macs let’s look at the pros and cons of PCs. First, we should note that PC stands for personal computer, so it encompasses a variety of different brand names (Dell, HP, Asus, Microsoft, Acer, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, etc.). For our purposes we are not looking at one specific brand; instead, we are looking at PC’s as a whole, so it is important to note that each brand of PCs has its competitive differences.

Pros of PCs 
  • Price point variety: PC’s are extremely affordable, ranging in the low hundreds up to thousands of dollars. 
  • Customisable: PCs are highly customisable with brands offering upgrade options and plenty of accessories. If you have a business with numerous employees, this can be a significant point in PCs favour as you can provide the customised tools for each employee based on their role, or needs. 
  • Multiple designs: Since so many different companies that sell PCs and laptops, there are loads of design features. Whether your business needs heavy-duty laptops, workstation-style desktop computers, portable ultrabooks, or hybrids that can transform from laptop to tablet, or all of the aforementioned list, the variety of brands on the PC market have you covered. 
  • Business standard: Generally, PCs are considered the industry standard for business. 
Cons of PCs  
  • Quality varies: With so many brands of PCs on the market, the quality can vary from device to device and brand to brand. No matter what you choose, it is essential to keep in mind that if the price is low, the PC usability will also be cheap and ineffective.
  • Operating system updates: Apple does regular updates of its operating systems without making drastic changes typically. Whereas, Microsoft will sometimes update their operating system with minor tweaks and other years overall it entirely. Remember the Microsoft Vista update? Well if you don’t, it is because they quickly had to get rid of it for Microsoft update as everyone hated Vista. Microsoft’s operating system overhauls can sometimes confuse users and mean your employees struggle to complete their typical tasks when an operating system is changed completely. 
  • Security software: If you purchase a PC, you need antivirus software. 

There you have it, the pros and cons of purchasing a PC versus a Mac. It is not an easy choice. Primarily your choice of whether to buy a PC or an Apple device should be driven by budget and your personal or business needs.

Questions about I.T software purchases or repairs in Geelong

If you have any questions about which type of device is right for your business or need an I.T relocation/business set up, the expert team at Hassle Free I.T in Geelong can assist. We know that determining the right devices for your business and employees can be confusing. Add in setup, installs or regular I.T servicing and you may feel overwhelmed.  Contact us today on 1300 367 047 for a geek speak-free chat about your business’ I.T needs.


Hassle Free I.T is our name for a reason; we aim to help you with your I.T servicing needs, whether it be repairs, antivirus protection, data recovery, or simple I.T questions.  At Hassle Free I.T we aim to provide faster, more reliable and understandable I.T service for our customers in and around Geelong, Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula. Book an appointment online today or call us on 1300 367 047 for I.T assistance.

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