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Mac vs PC for business: which should I choose?

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Jade Wimbledon

20 January 2017

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Choosing a computer? We’ve weighed up the pros and cons of both Mac and PC to help you decide which is best for your business.

Business habits begin to change

Way back in the early days of personal computers, the battle between Mac and PC fans raged, and each would insist that their computer was the only one worth considering.

But until quite recently, almost all businesses used PCs, which were better for running enterprise software, and tended to cost less. The one business area where Macs were more popular was the creative industry.

But this has changed in the last few years, with an increasing number of small businesses turning to Macs, and some workplaces offering their employees the choice of Mac or PC.

Mac vs. PC for business

When you're trying to decide whether you should get a Mac or PC for your business, one obvious consideration is budget. On the face of it, Macs tend to cost a lot more than PCs, with MacBooks starting at around £1,000. In comparison, Windows PCs start at a few hundred pounds.

However, it’s important to compare the specs and to consider what you’re getting for your money, including the processor, the RAM and the size of the hard drive.

When you look at a Windows PC with similar specs to a Mac, you’ll probably find the price difference isn’t so staggering.

However, it depends whether you actually need something high-spec: if you’re likely to be using your computer for quite light tasks like word processing, email and internet access, it may not be worth splashing out for the high-end spec of a Mac.

However, Macs do also tend to last longer than their Windows equivalents, so a Mac could be more cost-effective in the long run.

Does Mac vs. PC even matter any more?

The thing is, today many businesses use computers mainly for internet-based work and email.

You can use cloud-based apps for things like HR management, word processing and project management, which means that the actual machine you’re using is much less important.

So when you’re choosing whether to get a Mac or PC for your business, think about cost, spec, and the main business tasks you need to perform, but also just choose the one you prefer.

What to bear in mind when choosing between Mac and PC

  • Most software programs are available for both Mac and PC.
  • It’s very straightforward to share files between Mac and PC.
  • In general, Macs require less maintenance and tend to last longer.
  • Macs may be a little more expensive than PCs of a similar spec.
  • If much of your work is internet or cloud-based, the machine you choose doesn’t matter as much.

How do you make decisions about computer equipment for your business? Tell us in the comments.

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