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Building The Mac Office

Building an office around the Apple Macintosh has long been a good business strategy, particularly for SMBs. Macs generally require fewer IT resources and retain their value better than Windows-based PCs -- that's a key consideration for cash- and resource-strapped small and midsize businesses. And the iPhone and iPad, with their strong Mac integration, make it easier for businesses to move into the new era of mobile computing. But before you can Go Mac, you need to know how to get your Mac offi

The iMac, 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:

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