When starting your own company, you will most certainly have to buy computers for you and your team. This gets you to the inevitable question: should you buy a PC or a Mac?
This question is not an easy one, as there are pros and cons for each platform, so it will be up to you to decide. Here are some categories to consider when choosing between the two.
The number one concern for many young entrepreneurs is the budget, and this may push you to make a decision you wouldn’t make otherwise. When it comes to prices, PCs come in an array of price points, while Macs are known to be quite expensive. However, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Mac can cost as much as 5 or 6 PCs, but if they work for you, it’s better to buy a Mac, than to buy a PC solely based on the price tag.
Lifespan and repairs
The average lifespan of a Mac is somewhat greater than the lifespan of a PC. This is Mac’s true advantage because, while they are more expensive to begin with, they do last longer. On the other hand, when you do the math, you’ll find out that even if you have to replace your PCs more often, they are still more affordable than Macs. When it comes to repairs, PCs are better because they are built with replaceable components, which makes repairs rather cheap. When it comes to Macs, they are a packaged deal, everything you get comes together in one single device and when something breaks down, Apple encourages you to upgrade to a newer model. You should know that Macs tend to break down less, but it’s still a large expense.
In terms of software, both Macs and PCs offer an array of programs that you can use for your business. Nowadays, most software is compatible for both, so there is really no difference in terms of choice. When it comes to users, your team will more likely already be familiar with a PC, so if you do get a Mac, they will need some initial training. No worries, it takes about half an hour to learn the basics, and your team will be ready to go.
When it comes to malware, statistics say that Mac has an advantage over a PC. There is a high number of malware, viruses and hacker attacks on Windows devices, while Apple tends to be less prone to these security threats. This is an extremely important factor to take into consideration, because with Apple your data base will certainly be more secure, which makes your business more reliable to clients.
Apple is known for its cool factor, so if you are in a field that requires you to have a polished image, Macs will do the trick. Clients are often more impressed with a company when they see Macs in the office, because they are a sign of forward-thinking and innovation. If you still do prefer PCs, you should know that there is still a great offer of Windows-based computers that look sleek and sophisticated.
While we can’t help you reach a conclusion, Casper Ravn-Sørensen would tell you from experience that he chose Macs for his business and never looked back. This is not to say that PCs won’t get the job done, it’s up to every entrepreneur to make this decision. Choosing between PCs and Macs is quite difficult and there is no definite answers. Bottom line is that is your choice, you should take all the factors listed above in consideration and decide what works best for you and your company. If you have any further questions, check out Casper’s blog or contact him directly, he will be happy to answer your questions.