“I recently got a request from a reader. His kid is going to college for media production and needs to get a Mac. He wanted to know what to buy and how to configure a Mac to best suit his child’s needs,” David Gewirtz writes for ZDNet. “I get questions like this a lot, so in this article I’m going to answer the more general question: what should you think about when buying a Mac?”
“There are a number of choice vectors you’ll need to balance,” Gewirtz writes. “The first is cost. New Macs range from $799 up to over $13,000. There are also used Macs, and while I won’t discuss them here, most of the configuration factors I’ll be discussing apply to them as well.”
“My Macs have lasted quite a long time. I gave away a ten year old iMac that was still running when I moved,” Gewirtz writes. “Up until last month, my main machine was a still very functional four year old iMac. Our fleet of older Mac minis are six and seven years old. They’ll probably only go out of service when Apple stops issuing OS updates for them, and then relied upon applications also stop doing updates. You should expect that the Mac you’re buying today will be in active use for at least three years, and possibly five and six years.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: With Macintosh, you might pay a bit more upfront, but you’ll end up spending less, often far less, over the life of the machine.
Don’t believe us? Ask IBM.
SAP: Apple’s Macintosh is key for any modern enterprise – February 4, 2016
IBM: Every Mac we buy is making and saving us money – October 28, 2015
Now we know why IT support hates Macs (hint: Windows PCs = job security) – October 19, 2015
IBM: Corporate Mac users need less IT support than those stuck on Windows – October 18, 2015
Just 5% of Mac users at IBM need help desk support vs. 40% of Windows PC sufferers – October 15, 2015