Which machine is better for business use — Mac or PC? You know my opinion, but let’s look at another analysis of this issue, this time by The Register.
Ability to Run Other OS: Macs allow you to run either the BootCamp public beta, which allows you to dual boot a system with OSX and Windows XP, or a virtualisation product like Parallels
which supports a range of operating systems, including OSX, Vista and
"older" operating systems like XP, 2000, NT and DOS. Of course, PCs offer no such options, and you cannot run Mac OS X on a PC.
Price Comparison: When comparing prices between a Dell laptop and the latest
MacBook, both with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the author found that they cost roughly the same for an equivalent load of
software. However, he noted that there’s really no comparison between the free iLife products
that you get with a new Mac and the random mix of crippled and
evaluation software that ships with the average PC.
Availability of Peripherals: The author notes that it is often times harder to find peripherals that supports Macs. He does acknowledge that as more Macs are sold, this may change. On a personal note, I have never had any trouble locating peripherals, as the few that cannot be picked up locally at an office supply store or an Apple Store can easily be ordered online and in hand a day or two later.
Software Options: Whatever
you want to do, you’re liable to be able to find a range of products to
choose from for the PC, but in many categories you will be restricted
to a choice of one for the Mac, and you may well have a job finding a
place to buy it. I won’t argue that there are more software titles available for PCs, but does more translate to better? I say no.
Technical Issues: As is widely acknowledged, the author notes that he has spent close to
zero time while on the road trying to fix compatibility and technical
issues with his Mac, whereas it is a regular issue with my desktop
You can read the whole article by clicking HERE and decide for yourself which system is best for your business.
Source: "Mac or PC? You’ve Seen the Ads, How Do You Choose for Business?" by David Perry, published at The Register.