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Mac or PC?

March 22, 2011 at 04:02:12
Specs: Windows Vista
We are in the process of purchasing a new computer. We are looking at a laptop. We run a small business. I want to know information/opinions/pros cons of whether we should purchase a pc laptop (toshiba/sony perhaps) or whether we should go for a mac book/iMac. One of the programs we are needing to use on it is Agrimaster and I've heard that you can't use it on macs. Any help opinions or advice would be appreciated, Thanks.

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March 22, 2011 at 04:55:26
If the software doesn't work on a Mac it seems that the decision has already been made for you. (Contact the software publisher if you are unsure.)

I can think of no reason to use a Mac in an office environment; you've already found one reason why you shouldn't.

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March 22, 2011 at 05:10:05
not being overly IT savvy, why is it some people rave about macs, and why in particular do you lean towards pc's? and have you any tips on what pc to buy?

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March 22, 2011 at 06:09:11
The superiority of one vs the other is largely an opinion. Some people have strong opinions on this and they tend to be the most vocal about them.

Since the PC has a larger market share there is more software available for it. Many MAC users say it is is easier to use but since I am not a MAC user I wouldn't know.

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March 22, 2011 at 06:11:29
I don't really know the answer to that. I have a Mac and PCs, and I used to support a network of about 600 PCs and 50 or so Macs. I can only say that, in a business environment, Macs don't really excel. A lot of useful business software is only available on PCs and it is much easier for an Administrator to manage them (although I don't think that applies in your case).

If you check prices you will find that similarly specified Macs are typically 1.5 or more times the price of PCs (not sure about the situation in Australia - I'm in the UK). Also, you will find a lot more support staff and technicians who are familiar with PCs than with Macs.

But really this is all incidental if the software that you wish to run only runs on Windows. You have no choice.

As for makes, I would stick with one of the bigger ones - Dell, Toshiba, HP, someone like that. Ideally, if you are not too familiar with IT, I would recommend that you find a small dealer (not one of the big chain stores) locally and get advice from them. It would be a great advantage to have someone like that to refer to if you have any problems. Although initial cost is a consideration a computer problem can easily soak up a lot of time (and time is money), so support is desirable. I might advise differently for a private purchase but, for business use, it's best not to skimp.

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