, the iconic all-in-one computer, is still the foundation of a Mac-based office. For $1,199, your desk workers can get a 21.5-inch screen, a 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. That's more than enough for most office tasks. Sure, you could spend $1,699 and get a 27-inch screen, a 3.2GHz chip, and a 1TB hard drive -- or heck, $1,999 to get a 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core chip -- but few people need the extra screen real estate or speed.
Getting back to the Mac vs. PC debate, here are just a few of the reasons you may want to consider building your office around the Mac and compatible hardware and software:
1. Macs often require fewer IT resources to maintain than Windows-based PCs do.
2. They're typically not plagued by the malware -- viruses, spyware, etc. -- that Windows machines are. Whether that's due to the inherently more secure nature of Mac OS X or just because the Mac market share is too small to attract attention (there are good arguments on both sides), the result is that you'll spend less time guarding against and cleaning up after attacks.
3. They're not as expensive as you might have heard. Sure, you can find cheaper PCs -- but do you really want to entrust your business to cheap PCs? Windows machines with the same specs as Macs tend to cost about the same amount, and Macs hold their value better over time.
4. They look cool, and the peripherals match. Don't laugh: your office makes a first impression on customers just as your staff does.
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