A client recently asked us this question, and I wanted to share our response. The short answer is that it depends on what you’re using it for. Each platform has it’s benefits for certain scenarios. Many business run 100% on Mac, others 100% Windows, and some even have a hybrid of the two. Below is the response we gave to our client…

To give you some advice regarding this…typically Mac’s are very good computers, and have fewer issues compared to PC’s, however they tend to be the most expensive computers out there. The other thing to take into consideration is that Mac uses entirely different operating system, so your experience will vary somewhat from a PC. I suggest if you haven’t played with a Mac, to go into a Mac store or borrow a friend’s to see how they work. Apple is also good about training you on using the Mac, and I believe they will transfer your documents, pictures etc from your PC. If you want to save money on a Mac, I’d say take a look at the Mac Mini, I believe they typically run $600-700. Please note that not all software or business applications are compatible with OSX as they simply don’t make Mac versions. More popular software such as Office do have Mac versions.

As for PC’s – if you properly install the right antivirus, and use secure browsers, you typically should never experience an infection. The latest versions Windows 8 is markedly more secure than it’s predecessors. PC’s such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and others will cost you much less than Apples, and you will get more raw “power” but you don’t have the convenience of a brick-and-mortar store. Microsoft now has it’s own store, however, which tries to mimic the Apple store – which you could also check out, as they resell the aforementioned brands. The applications, software and data that you transfer is considered more direct, and you won’t have to change much in your computer habits. You’re already familiar with Windows 7, so Windows 8 isn’t a huge step away.

I can’t say that one is remarkably better than the other. It really comes down to a matter of preference. This is why I always suggest to my clients to play around with Macs before jumping in and buying one. I’ve known some folks to love them and others to hate the way they work. As a professional, I’m vendor-neutral and indifferent – each one has it’s own use.

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