What is Better, Mac or Windows? What’s Best for Your SMB
Macs and PCs have both evolved and offer a wide variety of great features. However, many small to midsized business owners, who are not tech-savvy, wrestle with the decision of which platform is better for their SMB, especially if it’s a startup. There are two questions to ask at the outset of this discussion:
- For what kinds of business functions do you intend to use your computers?
- Be specific in defining the functions you want. For example, do they include things like accounting, design, inventory, administration or other functions?
- What functions are priorities for business?
- Decide what you need most. Every business has priorities. Those priorities can help you decide what platform is better for your SMB.
What is the Difference Between Mac and PC?
To understand how Macs and PCs compare, here are things to consider:
- Macs are Made Only by Apple – On one hand, Apple develops much of the software and all hardware related to its machines. This fact has afforded its products seamless compatibility and superior syncing and file-sharing. On the other hand, Apple users are limited to buying Apple products. Although there are aftermarket products that function with Macs, Apple works best with Apple.
- Many Different Manufacturers make PCs – The PC market is very competitive. Brands such as DELL and HP might contain components from a variety of manufacturers. Providing devices meet specific minimum system requirements, PC-based products can be mixed and matched.
- Macs Cost More – There is a substantial cost difference between a Mac and an equivalent PC. Also, there are a limited number of Mac computer models available at any given time. In contrast, one can mix and match components in designing a PC-based system. There might be good reasons to justify the purchase of Mac machines. However, we suggest doing in-depth due diligence before investing.
- Cyber Security – Historically, Macs are far less vulnerable to viruses and other cyberattacks. In addition, because almost 70% of businesses use PC-based systems, cybercriminals spend less time creating malware for Macs. Nevertheless, it is vital to have robust cyber protections in place when using either platform.
- Compatibility – Apple has come a long way in making Mac operating systems and hardware more compatible across different platforms. However, depending on what apps are required for your work, you might have difficulty finding functionally compatible apps for Macs. The Mac IOS system is a very specific and controlled ecosystem. Although there are third-party developers who create compatible apps, they vary in their functionality.
- Equally Reliable – Both Macs and PCs are reliable. Your decision-making should revolve around Desired Functions vs. Cost.
- Visual Esthetics and Design Elements – Visually speaking, Mac hardware and graphic elements are hard to beat. However, beyond their outward appearances, the IOS system and its desktop and display elements consistently win in appearance over most PCs.
- Ease of Operation – Macs have always been designed to present an easy-to-use user experience. However, because more users own PCs than Macs, some consumers might be more comfortable with PCs. Rest assured, switching between IOS and Windows is a more straightforward adjustment process than ever.
Unfortunately, most small to midsized businesses have neither the time nor the expertise to analyze their IT needs and develop customized systems for their SMBs. IT professionals understand that many companies don’t know or comprehend all of the issues related to software and hardware installation, networks, system updates, adding mobile devices and other IT functions. It is therefore prudent for SMB owners to enlist professional IT Consulting services. The computer consultants can also ensure that you maintain software compatibility, security protections across your network and other protocols to safeguard your hard-earned data systemwide, regardless of whether your system is Mac- or PC-based.
IT Solutions For SMBs
Finding and building the appropriate computer system for your small to midsized businesses should not be left to amateurs. Also, after your company decides on the right platform, your business computers and all networked devices must be regularly monitored and maintained. Up-to-date system and software updates and established security protocols and defenses must also be in place.
With the expanded use of remote and work-from-home employees, having a team of IT experts to support your systems is essential for the smooth operation of your business. An IT support team can train your staff, update your software, inspect and monitor your hardware and provide iron-clad cyber security for all your devices and networks. Also, if you are starting with new hardware and software, IT expertise can help you keep your system operating fast and securely. Regular IT maintenance will make your investment last longer.
GEEK-AID® Computer and Network Support specializes in customized Managed IT Services for small to midsized businesses. GEEK-AID®'s team of experts is comprised of top specialists in different areas of IT services, serving clients onsite and remotely for Macs, PCs and all your connected devices. When your system is down, they will perform onsite computer repairs. And the GEEK-AID® team doesn't clock out at five o'clock on Friday. They are available to you 24/7, remotely or in person, to ensure your computers, network and data stay healthy and secure. As your business grows, expands its network and adds more devices such as smart controls, smart devices, wireless access and remote access, your network's cybercrime vulnerability and need for cyber security will grow, too. In addition to maintaining the hardware, software and security, employee training and regular IT support must be ongoing. New users and new devices will require additional training to use those devices efficiently. Hardware and software installation and maintenance, repair, cyber security and network protection are all related and must be consistent and proactive.
Call (877) GEEK-AID (877-433-5243) to help you design, create and maintain a secure and fully functional business computer system and network.