Are Macs Really Cheaper To Manage Than PCs?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by IntelliUser, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. IntelliUser macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2009
    Why does it matter?

    Don't worry, the cons are on the second page.:D
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The problem is that all intents purposes Macs don't exist in the enterprise and apple has generally not pushed into the enterprise market.

    The point - cost of maintaining them is moot since they're not there in the first place.
  3. randomerratum macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    It's hard to say in any kind of corporate environment for sure. I think it's got to depend on who's using them and for what tasks... I've worked in a number of post-production facilities and in that scenario, the ones sitting at the machine (editors, dvd authorists etc) can typically troubleshoot anything their G5 can throw at them. We all had office-issued PCs sitting there for all the office networking stuff (Outlook, scheduling and sales stuff) which were constantly being catered to by the IT staff - is this because Macs are more hassle free? Is it because Mac users are uncomfortable with windows?

    Corporate environments like to buy those $300 PCs, recycle monitors and keyboards etc. This is obviously cheaper to setup, and if you've a full-time IT staff anyway, you might as well put them to work.

    Personally, while I've been accustomed to replacing all my PCs after about 2 years, I recently had my first Mac "die" on me - a 2004 G5 tower had a solid 5 year run with requiring minimal maintenance and $0 in any tech support. Content with it's lifespan as it was, I ran the hardware test to see what was up... bad memory! $80 for new RAM, $120 for an OS update and it runs better now then the day I bought it!

    Are Macs cheaper to maintain? Depends on who you are, but my experience is yes.
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    obviously, when you have 1 macs and 1000 pcs, you sure gonna spend more on the support of PCs.
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The point is that when you have 9 Macs and 1 PC, you still spend more maintaining the PCs.
  6. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    For about three-plus years, I worked off an iBook with OS 9. Zero maintenance issues. We "upgraded" in 2008 to Dell PCs running XP. I've had multiple issues that have required the hard drive to be wiped twice (and I've got another issue with the cursor randomly deciding to change its location on screen that I'll tell IT when my workflow decreases).

    So in my one anecdote, the company has definitely spent more on my PC than my Mac. But the kicker for us was we made the Mac-to-PC switch largely because it was hard to find decent IT people who can troubleshoot whatever issues Macs present. Smaller labor pool means higher salaries, which is what our company was trying to avoid.

    But the cost is really a smokescreen, IMHO. Companies want greater control over their equipment, control that is harder to implement on Macs, and part of the basic package with Windows. Ergo, companies love Windows.


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