I have been using Macbooks for about 4 years. They have treated me very well. I can say I consider myself a fan of Mac OSX and Apple’s computers. There are many things about Windows I also missed, though. Yes, I could use Boot Camp or Parallels on a Macbook, but remember you can get a much more powerful Windows laptop if you spend the same money you would in a Macbook.
I thought I would go back to my roots and make my next computer a Windows laptop. I finally took the plunge and now I have my hot little hands on a non-Apple Windows computer. I have been using it for about a month now and I can tell you there are certainly things I miss about Mac OSX. There’s also things I love about switching to Windows, but we will talk about that another time.
Now, we are not talking about performance, power or any of that, so don’t think there is some kind of unfair advantage. But do let me tell you that I spend about half the price I would spend on a Macbook, and the computer performs nearly as well. Without further ado, let’s jump into what makes me shed a tear about leaving my Macbook behind.
Design and build quality
Don’t get me wrong, Windows laptops can be gorgeous. In fact, my favorite laptop right now is the Dell XPS 13, which adopts a new design that will make other computers envious. We can’t deny Apple’s design and build quality stands in a whole other realm, though.
Their metallic, sleek designs and thin profiles have been an inspiration to many. So much that many other laptop makers have tried to imitate what Apple has done. Apple laptops are something you carry with pride and elegance. I like my new laptop, but it’s honestly pretty bland.
Once again, a feature that can be replicated, but it’s very rare to find a laptop with a trackpad that even assimilates one from Apple. Those large glass trackpads are a beauty to work with. They never miss a touch and offer a solid feeling consistently.
Not to mention, the gestures that Apple has implemented are a beauty. It makes your workflow a breeze and they work every single time. You have to give it to Apple for doing such a great job with them. It really is like magic.
Yo may be able to replicate this too, with certain accessories and software. The bottom line is that I have never seen one work as well. And yes, I still use an Apple wireless trackpad with my Windows computer. It’s not exactly the same, though it gets close.
Say what you will about Macbooks, but you can’t deny the fact that they are simpler. Here is where I would say the “it just works” phrase works the most. Everything on a Macbook is plug and play – from the Magsafe connector to the operating system.
With Windows, more often than not you have to worry about drivers, plug-ins and the like. Now, this also has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of Apple’s stuff is proprietary. Windows definitely saves you more cash, but it comes with an extra step or two.
The operating system also happens to be much more sleek. You don’t have to navigate through settings as much, uninstalling an app is as easy as deleting an icon and pretty much everything you need is laid out in front of you. With Windows, I feel like I have to know more about what I am doing. And I usually do, but I have done a Google search or two to solve my problems.
Now, this is a bit of a big one for me. I need to take a lot of screenshots for work. Maybe you don’t, but to me this is a big deal. Taking screenshots on a Windows laptop is a bit of a pain, and it adds extra steps to my workflow.
Now, let me explain what I mean. Because you may be thinking: “it’s just a damn screenshot”. Mac OSX allows you to take a screenshot of your whole scree by pressing Command + Shift + 3. This is no big deal. In fact, the key combo is easier on Windows, as you can simply press Windows + Print Screen.
The problem is when you try to take a screenshot of a specific area within the display. All you have to do on Mac OSX is press Command + Shift + 4, then select the area. One Windows 8.1, you have to look for a program called Snipping Tool, set up the options and press a button to start a new screenshot and select the area. Then you must save the image and select where. That is a process I would rather not go through when I simply want to take a screenshot.
And no, taking a full screenshot and then cutting it is not an option. In fact, that is even more work. And that takes us to the next section.
For starters, I really miss iMovie! But that is not the only awesome app that Apple happens to give everyone who buys a Macbook. Users also get things like the iWork apps, iPhoto Preview and more. It seems like the computer comes equipped to get you working from day one. Those who need more specific, advanced apps still have to buy extra software, but the average Joe can easily buy a Macbook and not purchase any software at all.
These apps also happen to be great. iMovie is super easy to use, and it’s actually a worthwhile movie editor, unlike that Movie Maker crap Windows gives you. Preview even let’s you do some light editing and cropping! And iWork comes with a word editor, a spreadsheet program and a presentation app.
These are all things you need to search separately on a Windows machine. And even then, many of them don’t have real replacements. It’s all good once you know which programs you will keep and find your specific way of doing things, though.