Mac or PC? It’s a neverending debate and the answer usually boils down to personal preference. But oftentimes you’ll find that most lawyers who have transitioned their firms to Macs insist that it’s one of the best decisions they’ve made for their firm.
So what’s so great about Macs? After all, they cost more and at the end of the day, isn’t a computer just a computer? Earlier this year at ABA Techshow, Ben Stevens and Randy Juip answered these questions and many more during their presentation “The Business Case For Going All Mac.”
As part of our contribution to Techshow this year, we brought in Stephanie Crowley to take visual notes of many of the sessions, including this one. The visual notes from this session can be found below along with our selection of the top 5 most useful tips from the presentation, including links to sites that provide further information (click to view larger image):
1. Macs are inherently safer. According to Stevens and Juip, the architecture Macs are built on is inherently safer and far less prone to viruses and trojan horses than PCs. I’ve certainly found that to be the case with my own Macs over the years. Market share has a lot to do with it as well. This Macworld blog post does a great job explaining why Macs tend to be more secure and offers some helpful tips to increase your Mac’s security.
2. Free built-in backup. All Macs come with a free built-in backup system–Time Machine. Time Machine automatically backs up your data in the background, while you work. It’s a great, easy to use system and best of all–it’s free! For more information on how to use Time Machine, check out this recent Maclife article, which offers 10 tips on using Time Machine more effectively.
3. Macs increase productivity. Macs are easier to use, are more reliable and utilize an intuitive operating system. All of these factors increase productivity by increasing efficiency and decreasing downtime. In fact, as Stevens and Juip noted during their presentation, a recent study showed that productivity gains were as high as $26,000 annually when employees used Macs versus PCs.
4. Free built-in PDF capability. Macs come with a built-in PDF viewer, Preview, which not allows you to both read and edit PDF documents. It’s an incredibly versatile and powerful free tool. You can learn more about the ins and outs of using Preview from Apple’s tutorial page on Preview.
5. You get more for less. People tend to think of Macs as being more expensive, but according to Stevens and Juip, Macs are actually a better deal over the long run if you consider factors such as the average life cycle of the computer and IT costs. For more on the total cost of ownership of the two computer systems check out this TechRepublic post, which offers an in depth comparison.