At All Systems Go we love to switch clients from PC to Mac! Not only do we think the Mac is a safe and more reliable option, but we also find it to be more easy and intuitive to use. If you’re considering switching to the Mac, here are All Systems Go Top 10 reasons to entice you even more!
10) Macs are consistent, reliable and will perform longer
You can be assured when you purchase a Mac you will have a computer that will last and perform at a high-level for many years. A Mac is precisely built inside and out for a long, productive life. Every new Mac is equipped with the latest blazing-fast Intel processors, high-performance graphics, and high-speed DDR3 memory. This all adds up to a machine you can rely on to perform at an optimum level for all your computer needs. Say goodbye to those annoying software crashes and system freezes. This is one reason why so many professionals prefer to work on a Mac over a PC… it just works!
9) Macs are intuitive to use and easy to learn on
Every Mac comes with built-in software applications that are easy to learn and fun to use. A Mac is the perfect computer if you’re new, have novice computer skills, or have spent years on a PC. Apple puts as much effort into the software that comes with a Mac as they do with the Mac hardware. The Mac OS X operating system is renowned for its simplicity, its reliability, and its ease of use. All of the Mac applications work together and function in similar ways. Once you’re comfortable in one application it’s easy to work in the others. If you open a folder in the Finder you’ll see it looks just like iTunes. Attaching a photo to an email is one click away on a Mac because iPhoto and iMovie are integrated with Mail. Once you start using a Mac, you’ll find that just about everything is easier and more intuitive than it is on a PC.
8) Macs cost the same or less than an equivalent Windows PC
All Macs are equipped with the latest high-performance hardware, thus making the price seem high. However, when compared to Windows PC’s with similar hardware specs, Macs can cost hundreds of dollar less. You also have to factor in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All PC’s should have an excellent anti-virus/security software installed, which costs an average of $40 per year. Than there is this fact… A recent survey of IT professionals working in large enterprise environments with a mix of Macs and PCs overwhelmingly agreed Macs cost less in terms of time spent troubleshooting, user training, help desk calls, and system configuration. It’s like the saying goes… you get what you pay for.
7) Less troubleshooting and true plug-and-play compatibility with devices like printers and digital cameras
A recent survey found that the average Windows PC home user spends between 50 and 60 hours each year troubleshooting their computer. The average Mac user spends less than 5. Wow… what a difference! Almost any device that connects to a Mac via USB, audio cable, or Bluetooth will instantly work. You’ll no longer need to manually download additional software and restart your PC just to get your device to work. You can start using your digital camera, external hard drive, printer, keyboard, mice, scanner, and more as soon as you plug them in. That’s it!
6) Powerful, fun and easy multimedia applications with iLife – iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and Garage Band
Every new Mac comes standard with a set of software programs called iLife. iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo editing application that makes your pictures look absolutely stunning. You can also share your photos online or turn them into treasured keepsakes. iMovie transforms your home videos into movies with amazing cinematic style. Designing a website may seem difficult, but with iWeb, it’s easily within your reach. You’ll create your website using themes. Customize it with photos, movies, text, and widgets. Then simply publish it to the web. GarageBand gives you the power of a recording studio in your own home. Novices can learn to play an instrument, and seasoned pros can mix and master their music. Anything creative you would want to do with your computer you can do out-of-the box with Apple’s iLife software.
5) Time Machine
With Time Machine you’ll never have to worry about losing your digital files. Time Machine comes standard with the all Macs. It works with your Mac and an external hard drive. Time Machine will automatically back up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on a given day — so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past. Too bad it can’t transform your entire life back in time…
4) Macs have an amazing warranty
Apple Care is perhaps the best warranty available in the computer industry. When you purchase a Mac you can be assured you’re investing in a reliable product. Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, Apple products are truly integrated systems. All Apple hardware products come with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. Also, for a reasonable price you have the option to extend your coverage for up to three years.
3) Looks are everything
OK, so it’s a little vain… but when you make a purchase as substantial as a computer, don’t you want it to have that “cool factor?” Thanks to their unique and gorgeous design, Apple represents cutting edge technology. From the outside in, a Mac is designed to be a better computer and they’re made from strong, beautiful materials like anodized aluminum and glass. Even the OS X operating system and built-in software looks slick and easy to use. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat at a coffee shop with my MacBook Pro and had people walk by and say “cool” or “nice.” I’ve also had many clients tell me how their friends are jealous of their new Mac. Simply put, the Mac is just sexy.
2) Macs are more secure out of the box
Working on a computer that doesn’t have a virus scanner may seem unnatural, but it’s really how things should be. The Mac OS X operating system is not affected by the thousands of PC viruses out there. And its built-in defenses help keep you safe from spyware and malware without the hassle of constant alerts, updates and scans from anti-virus software. The Mac OS X operating system naturally offers a multilayered system of defenses against viruses and other malicious applications, or malware. This means no additional costs for yearly virus scanner licenses, no nightlong scans of your hard drives, and more time to work!
1) If you must… you can run Windows on a Mac!
With a Mac you can use Microsoft Office, easily connect most printers and cameras, join PC networks and yes, even run Windows if you have a PC application you need to use once in a while. Using a built-in utility called Boot Camp, every new Mac lets you install Windows and run it at native speeds. Setup is simple and safe for your Mac files. After you’ve completed the installation, you can boot up your Mac using either Mac OS X or Windows. Or if you want to run Windows and Mac applications at the same time — without rebooting — you can install Windows using other software like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and CrossOver. So if you must run Windows, the Mac is the most flexible computer available for running other operating systems.