Is The Cost Of Replacing MacBooks Justifiable For Organisations?
Save money for your organisation by replacing ageing MacBook devices with cheaper and more innovative Windows 10 laptops in 2017.
The age-old debate of whether Mac is better than Windows has been raging for decades and is still as valid a topic today. Organisations invest thousands in their computer hardware and it is vital that the most appropriate technology is chosen to suit the needs of the business. However, many organisations are afraid to switch allegiances between their chosen operating system once they have committed to using Mac systems. But is this really necessary?
Mac’s Popularity Wanes
MacBooks are popular for good reason. They boast excellent security, lightweight portability, and superior screen displays. However, Apple’s Q4 financial report shows that unit sales of Macs are down 14.4% in comparison to Q4 of 2015. This is in part due to the aging line-up of MacBook models. A release date for the new MacBook Pro 2016 has been announced and devices are available to ship in mid-November.
This launch is long awaited as the current MacBook Pro model hasn’t been redesigned since 2012. Additionally, the Mac Mini dates as far back as 2010. Although the latest Pro offering is likely to improve sales figures for Apple, the length of time between new models displays a lack of innovation that potentially helps to explain the increase in adoption of Windows 10.
Why Switch To Windows?
If your organisation has been loyal to MacBooks for several years, then it can be difficult to understand the need to move to Windows. However, there are some valid reasons to move away from Mac and introduce Windows laptops into your business. MacBooks are notoriously expensive.
The latest 2016 MacBook Pro is priced from £1449, whilst earlier models such as the 13” MacBook Pro 2015 with Retina Display starts at £886. The 2014 version with the same specifications starts at £236.58. On top of these prices, customers typically purchase extra memory and add Apple support costs to the package.
Unless you wish to use an outdated model, MacBooks cost significantly more than a vast range of Windows 10 laptops. In comparison, organisations can pick up Windows 10 o/s devices such as the Toshiba Satellite C40-C from £200, an HP Pavilion x2 10-n054sa from £220 and the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 from £150. The latter includes free cloud storage and a year’s subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
Clearly the cost of Windows 10 laptops can save thousands for your organisation depending on the scale of your business operations. The good news is that refurbished laptops running Windows can help to save even more money for the budget-conscious.
How Easy Is The Switch?
Naturally, businesses who have been using MacBooks will be concerned about the effect on their internal tasks when they consider moving to a Windows environment. Luckily there has never been a better time to switch between these operating system giants. Many popular apps and software packages are compatible with both platforms which makes a switch to Windows a simple migration.
The argument between Windows and Mac is likely to continue for many decades to come. Currently, the MacBook’s expensive price coupled with its decline in popularity gives most organisations a great reason to look at moving to Windows laptops in 2017.