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I find businesses that have a communal computer are much better using PC for the reason that there wont be a transition for most users (nearly everyone can use PC’s but a limited amount of people can use a Mac).
The next area would be to look at what your doing with the computer. As mentioned earlier if you are looking at using the computer for graphic design purposes then you might be leaning towards a Mac mainly due to the applications available and the speed of the Operating System.
The last area I would look at is which appliocations you will need. Are they compatibable with each? Can you share files between Mac and PC using this application and have no problems. Do you have clients you need to share files with that have applications only available on either Mac or PC?
As for the notion that Mac’s dont have problems with viruses well the issue is two pronged really. Most “bad users” aimming viruses/spyware/trojans etc normally target it at the bigger audience which is PC, hence the normal issue with these types of things. However, getting infected with these types of things normally happen because of people clicking on things they shouldnt, opening files/programs that are unreliable or installing what look like generic programs (ie skype, messenger) from dodgey websites. All in all I think the user has a lot more to do with their computer becomming infected than whether its a Mac or PC.
Oh and anyone sitting there going “my Mac doesnt blue screen error” then you are correct. But enjoy that beachball spinning around while your system crashes.
Mat has answered some of the basics regarding Macs and PCs for businesses and general use, but there is more to it.
The only reason why people would go for a Mac is because they can afford the premium in the hardware, software and marketing for it, and this premium leads them to a “nicer” user experience.
Its like buying an SUV instead of a station wagon for a courier business. Sure the SUV would be much nicer, may even feel safer but it will be at a $20K premium over an equivalent recent model Commodore. Then there’s the insurance, parts, consumable parts and services. It all adds up.
Is the SUV better than a Commodore?
Depends on the application.
If I want to appeal to my clients then yes the SUV may be better.
If I am concerned about my cost expenses that fuel consumption, on road services, depreciation, performance and handling for the daily road grind became major factors in the running of my business then I would definitely go for a much cheaper alternative.
It makes business sense.
With that said, this is the reason why most people choose to go PC instead of the Mac because they do the exact same job at a more affordable cost!
There is no reason for a graphic designer to choose an Apple over a PC other than the branding and culture associated with it. Most of the current 3D games you see were all created on computers other than a Mac anyway, and this lead to the PC being the better gaming platform. Strange I know but the depth of what PCs can do these days is astonishing.
They say PCs are not as safe and are more vulnerable to viruses than a Mac. Actually it could go either way. PC users makes up a far larger part of the pie chart compared to Mac users, obviously there are far more activities developed in the PC community than any other, you are bound to meet some bad apples (no puns intended). Crucially, Microsoft used to be crippled with lawsuits following lawsuits with the features they were putting on Windows. If they had a built-in anti-virus software in Windows this will effectively push the competition out of business, just as Internet Explorer once did to Netscape. Apple had no such problems because they had their own hardware to support their software on so they had complete monopoly. Competition is what makes products better, the PC platform had a lot of it which benefitted the community, Apple has less of it (other than PCs themselves) which benefitted them! Of course Microsoft wanted to do the same, basically corporate greed at their best.
Also important to note is that Apple has an equally poor record of virus attacks on their former and current operating systems including the iPhone due to their increasing inclufences as emerging products. Again, it comes to user base, the bigger it gets the more problems you can expect. OSX do crashes sometimes, they just don’t have a famous screen to represent that other than an icon change that would spin forever and you will need to do a hard boot anyway.
Luckily its not about the hardware or the software you use, its how you use them that you should be most concerned about.
You can run a business virus free, problem free on PCs if the correct practice of usage is applied. I have used PCs for over 20 years, I didn’t start using anti-virus software until I got my notebook in 2008 which came with one and even I would turn it off sometimes due to its tendence to run in the background unncessarily. Of course, I can do that because I know what I’m doing, I don’t download something from sources I don’t trust. I don’t visit porn or money making websites.
And because I know the components of my PC, I also know their strengths and limits. I know that if I needed a system to perform 1080p rendering then I don’t have to buy a completely new computer for that, it will just be change of graphic cards, upgraded RAM and maybe a CPU if I was really concerned about completing the job in 5 minutes instead of 15.
In spite of their wholesome “one stop solution” outlook, Apple systems may not always perform to your expectations, and buying a new replacement is a terribly expensive way of finding that out.
However, if you have the means to justify the premium of buying more expensive products, then by all means go for it. Just be prepared to spend more for everything including upgrades.