Goodbye to Mac: Making the Switch to a Windows PC

mac-switch-pcLooking for a new computer can be tasking to anyone. The research and learning about different types of hardware and what resolution the screen is can be a lot for someone in the market. Some might think it's better if you've got your mind made up, or at least be a preferred user of one of the two brands. Mac users and PC users can be set in their ways and not likely to change. Lately however Mac users have been taking a look at what PC's have to offer, and they should. For years Mac's have been advancing more and more while PC's struggle to catch up. In that time Mac's arguably were trendier forcing PC's to come up with different designs and looks altering what laptops and desktops were before. But it looks like PC's have caught up in many ways forcing some previous Mac users and even undecided ones to take a closer look. One such user is 512tech's Omar L. Gallaga who wrote this piece on how he is making the transition to PC.

Lots of people I advised on this argued that Macs were overpriced for what they offered. That argument became harder to justify when Apple began introducing less-expensive systems like the Mac Mini and the MacBook Airs, perfectly good computers in the $500 to $1,000 range. And the debut of the iPhone and iPad created a halo effect around Macs. If you owned all Apple products, it was more likely everything would work better in tandem than mixing together PCs, iPhones and other brands of tech. I told people that even if they ran into a problem with a Mac, they could always take it to an Apple Store and get some expert help, an option that usually involves phone calls or online help in the PC world.

I got frustrated. I got tired of waiting. When Apple rolled out new MacBooks in early June, it was the last straw. I followed my brother’s lead and started shopping for a gaming PC. I’d used Windows 10 enough at work and on a separate portion of my MacBook Pro to know that it’s pretty inoffensive; it’s speedy and generally stays out of the way and continues to improve. I figured I would just keep using my 2011 Mac laptop for work and other projects and keep a gaming desktop at home for video games such as “Overwatch,” which I’ve been playing constantly for a solid year, and more intensive tasks such as video editing.

And I’m finding Windows has come a long way since the Windows Vista days when it seemed the operating system was working against you at every turn. Windows still has baffling alerts that pop up when you don’t want them and way, way too many system options scattered throughout its user interface that should be accessible in one place. But the gap I used to think existed between buying a new Mac and a new PC has largely disappeared, at least for me.

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