Why I switched from Windows to Mac
I recently joined the dark side. I switched from a laptop running Windows to a Mac. I’ve been a faithful Windows user for decades and have always resisted the temptation to give in to consumerism and join the Apple hype.
However, when my last Windows PC, with a beastly spec sheet, decided to become so slow that it would raise by heart rate every time I used it (in less than two years after purchase) I decided to make the shift. I had owned several Windows computers before and despite how good the specs were, all of them started to become unbearably slow in a couple of years.
So, despite trying out different kinds of cures suggested by Internet’s tech gurus, and with heavy heart, I went over to a Mac store and paid a huge premium to buy a MacBook Pro 13 inch retina display (2015) model.
Already impressed with the fancy packing, the look and feel of the machine was sleeker, lighter and cleaner than any laptop I had owned before. The setting-up process was pretty straightforward and took almost as long as it does on a Windows machine (maybe even faster).
As soon as I actually started using the software the differences were obvious. My first experience with the MacBook was how similar it was to my iPad. There is an over simplification of the OS (some call it being “user friendly”) which Apple is known for, but as a tech enthusiast I wasn’t thrilled about it. But due to this simplification, getting used to the software was not that difficult.
Some of the short cuts I was used to on Windows were different, and my muscle memory struggled a bit to get used to it but after a week or so it starts to feel natural. Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point are replaced by Apple’s propriety software (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) which can read all of the Word, Excel and Power Point files, but if you are like me and have to keep shuffling documents between colleagues who don’t use a Mac, you are better off getting the Microsoft Office suite for Mac, which allows the use and ability to save files in Word, Excel and Power Point formats directly.
And so far the MacBook has been running lightning fast. But having said that all my new Windows machines worked fast just after I bought them too. So, I might have to wait awhile before I can comment on that.
The downside to my MacBook is that there’s only 128GB memory in it, although I do have the option of upgrading it to 256 or 512GB for a pretty high premium. And for someone who takes quite a lot of pictures in high resolution, I find it difficult to store everything on the machine, which means I have to use an external hard drive quite often to store my heavy files. But the photos look absolutely gorgeous on the retina display.
But overall I am quite content with my new purchase. So, if your considering the swap, and are worried like me as to whether you’ll be able to get used to a completely difference OS – I don’t think that should be too much of an issue. The question really is are you willing to spend that extra bit of money to buy a machine that may not have the best specs in town but will get the job done efficiently and quite fast. If you don’t mind that trade off then I think a MacBook might be an option as your next laptop.