Oh great, this is another PC to Mac convert writing … NOT.
I’m still a PC guy. For the desktop anyways. Windows works well for me and I’ve not had any malware, virus, crash, blue-screen, you name it in the past ten years – okay, I admit once due to nVidia’s vista 64-bit driver. That was when 64-bit was new anyways. Of course I’ve hardware failures such as hard drives but nothing extraordinary.
Recently, I acquired a MacBook Pro and have been loving the mobile experience. I’ve no challenges using both a Mac and Windows system and I use my PC desktop frequently. For laptops however, I find overall a MacBook Pro provides better experience and usability. Let me define those two in specific areas.
When going mobile, you need to pay attention to details. Things like power cords, connectors and the like. I love the fact the MacBook power cords have two plugs – one long and one that turns the brick into a wall wart. Simple and practical. Another plus, the cable is usually extra long and easily coiled if you don’t need more length. Just simple. Screen brightness and keyboard back light brightness are also another. Good screen laptops are hard to find and my only gripe here is that I can’t get a 13″ matte screen MacBook. Otherwise, I like that I can adjust both brightness easily and quickly. Heat vents are my new pet peeve. Don’t you hate sitting in tropical weather with the airconditioner at full power and to have sweaty hands? That’s because that silly laptop has to vent heat to the right (or left). I’m right handed and I don’t have that problem with a MacBook.
Battery life is amazing on the 2.7Ghz 13″ MacBook Pro. I went 6 hours without problems. No extra batteries, slices or bulkier add-ons. I could have gotten seven hours if I was spending less time in Lightroom though but I think any portable device needs to have at least 6-hours of usage life. Don’t quote idle life – that’s utter crap. Finally, the touch-pad was glorious to use. Responsive and just lovely. I’m so used to inaccurate PC laptop touchpads so this is just bliss. Good enough that I actually could do most things without a mouse.
Would I swap my desktop to a Mac? Probably not at this time but if I need another portable computer, it’ll definitely be a MacBook Pro.