Mac vs WindowsIn the battle of Mac vs. PC advertising plays on the stereotypical person that would own each type of computer. Mac has put a vision in the minds of consumers that a Mac user is young and inventive, hip and stylish, while a PC user is the pocket protector wearing nerd that created spreadsheets and tables for fun.

If you are looking to purchase a new computer for use in an office, your decision should not be based on an image you are made to think you will obtain. When making this type of investment you want to choose something that is going to work best for the major tasks the computer will be used for on a daily basis.

The first thing to compare is cost. In base cost, PC costs will be considerably less every time. A basic PC can be purchased for a fraction of the price of a basic Mac but Apple will package many features in with the new machine. A basic new PC will basically be a blank slate with the capability to send email, search the web and create very basic documents with a trail version of Windows Office. After the trial is up you will have to invest in purchasing the Windows Office program. It really all depends on what you can spend and what the machine is going to be used for. A Mac can’t be bought for under $1,000 but if your computer is going to be used for any type of design or graphic creation, it may be your best option. If your computer is going to be used for everyday office tasks, a PC will more than likely be the way to go.

When it comes to functionality in both PC and Mac the main thing to take into consideration is the higher risk of attack with a PC. Because the majority of the world uses PCs, most viruses are designed to harm a PC. Most people have always used a PC and would be scared to switch to a totally new interface and operating system. When comparing battery life between a Mac and a PC laptop, a Mac will win every time. The battery in a Mac laptop can last up to 8 hours. If you own a PC laptop, I’m sure you can relate to always having to make sure that you have your power cord with you. If you choose a PC, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. If you purchase a Mac you can feel safer about knowing what you are getting.

Before making a decision, take into consideration what you will be using the machine for, what your budget is, what you are comfortable using and what will integrate into your current office environment. If your office is running on a network with a server and everyone else is using a PC, it will be easiest for the IT professional to configure everything on a PC. While it is possible with a Mac, many IT specialists do not have a lot of experience in working with Mac operating systems. Your IT department or IT Company can often help you make the best decision.