Long gone are the days when people thought Macs were only for designers, video editors and front desk aesthetics in high-end corporate offices. With Apple’s focus on innovative design features, the higher specs offered by Macs have seen them adopted in a range of different industries. And they’ve outsold Windows computers and laptops for a reason. Whether they’re investing in laptops or desktops, businesses are increasingly seeing that buying with Apple gives them more bang for their buck. Here are five other considerations to think about when buying a business Mac.
Remember, if you’ve decided your business needs to invest in its very own set of Macs, you’ll probably be putting your hardware through the wringer. Accidents do happen and there’s nothing worse than an employee spilling coffee on an almost new MacBook. While Macs are pretty hardy and come with excellent self-patching regular software updates, it’s still important to prepare yourself for the worst. Whatever industry you’re in, you should consider taking out Hiscox extensive business cover (including public liability insurance) to help safeguard your new purchases against theft and damage.
Buying second-hand will give you a significant price reduction on your Mac, but this will leave you without many of the protections that you can expect when buying new. Equally, buying the latest model will be costly. The happy medium for most mid-level businesses looking to invest in Mac technology is to look at last year’s models. While the latest Macs will offer exponential improvements on predecessor models, you can often pick up last year’s model at a decent discount. More often than not, this will perform similarly out of the box and last almost as long as the newer model.
AppleCare is Apple’s first-party warranty plan for its devices. If you buy through Apple as a private customer, you’ll get access to a one-year warranty and three months of phone support as standard. A lot of people think warranties are a bit of a waste of time: a way for companies to upsell financial products on electronic devices that shouldn’t require significant repairs during their lifetime. But Apple itself has been guilty of creating devices with inbuilt obsolescence in the past. When you rely on these things for your livelihood, it’s best to take no chances and protect yourself in the eventuality of device failure. There’s nothing worse than having your equipment stop working when it’s just out of warranty.
Macs and Macbooks alike typically incorporate some of the highest performing components currently manufactured for consumer use. You should evaluate the holy trinity of a Mac’s CPU, RAM and drive when making your purchasing decision:
Central Processing Units (CPUs) are the chips that perform the heavy lifting required to carry out computing tasks. Speed is the key metric here and you’ll want at least 2.5ghz for a business Mac worth its salt.
Random Access Memory (RAM) is the short-term storage space your computer uses to process data files. The size of a Mac’s RAM affects how all your open applications function. 8gb is your minimum figure nowadays but go for 16gb if you can take the hit.
Drives are your computer’s long-term storage. A 250gb SSD or 1TB HD should be standard on most modern Macs. As a rule of thumb, a smaller SSD will perform a larger hard drive because it has no moving parts.
Other considerations are the screen functionality, additional graphics adaptors, build quality, battery life (for MacBooks) and which ports and connections the device offers.