Originally Posted by O-Mac
Let's look at it another way.
Which product has a better value in the long run?
Consumers today aren't just going to look at price. That's not smart.
Consumers will look at which product has the better value in the long run.
and, as far as I know, Macs have a better value because they're built better and last longer.
Then someone will say, there are people with PC's out there who have had their PC as long as another person has had their Mac! Yeah, but most of those people are Tech geeks that know how to keep their PC up to date or they're people who rarely use their machine as much.
Give or take the usual exception the Macs are still a better value.
ROI? Return on investment? Is that what they call it?
and why do people debate this anyway? Is there someone out there making money over this pointless debate? Probably.
Buy what works for you. Simple.
Last time someone bothered to publish numbers in these forums, it looked as if Macs will - on average - die or develop hardware problems in pretty much same numbers as leading PC brands.
Most of our clients are holding onto each generation of desktops for 3-5 years (more and more are shifting to 5 years life cycle nowadays). We haven't noticed that number of hardware faults will increase over the time.
Additionally, most business grade desktops (from Lenovo, HP...) our clients are opting for are within NZ$1000 - 1500 range. Cheapest iMac is NZ$3300. If company has to replace 10 or more of them at a time, difference is huge
Maintenance... well. We highly recommend all of our clients to get managed SonicWALL firewall and Barracuda antispam protection. Even if you are on Mac network, you still need to protect access to your servers and data from the outside, have secure VPN connection and prevent your employees from spending productive time on porn sites, TradeMe (NZ version of eBay), faceBook etc... thus firewall protection like SonicWALL is pretty much a must in both scenarios. And you don't want to deal with loads of spam emails, thus Barracuda service is also a must regardless your platform.
At the end of the day, you might decide to skip on virus protection on Macs and will have to spend some money on anti-virus software for PC. We don't recommend freebies like AVG or Comodo to corporate users (no central management/definitions distribution etc) but 3 years of NOD32 license + updates is around NZ$100 RRP per desktop... so even with extra paid virus protection, you are still way better with PC.
And all that without mentioning if business-critical software is available for Mac at all.
With all the goodies Mac platform has to offer, there is still a reason why business world is pretty much Windows world. In corporate environment, software like iLife is worthless, demand for creative applications (Aperture, FCP) is pretty much non existent (unless, of course, organization is in that field of business)... but requirement for a 100% standard Office suite is a must.