Posted on July 16, 2015

Why I switched from Windows to Macs.

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Ahhhh, the great debate. This post was actually requested by a reader who wanted to know what’s so great about Apple computers.

Windows vs Macs. 

It seems there’s a camp of people who are 100% for Macs, a camp that are 100% Windows and a camp that own Windows computers but want Macs.

I bought my first Mac late 2012. It’s the desktop computer I still use today. It’s a Mac mini which, in my opinion, is a great first time Mac for someone not wanting to spend £1000 on a computer. Mine cost around £600 and you can get a basic one for £399.

Mac Mini’s are just the actual computer, so you need a screen, keyboard and mouse for them.

I was already using a 32 inch TV on my previous computer, so I just used a HDMI cable to connect my Mac. I also used my USB keyboard and mouse I already had for the first few months.

I then took the plunge and after months and months of thinking about it, I bought my MacBook Pro in February 2014. It was a refurbished one from eBay and cost £600.

And I’ve never looked back.

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Here are the reasons I love Mac computers much more than PCs that run on Windows.

  • Macs are smooth. They freeze less often, they boot quickly and it’s easy to switch between programs without causing the world to end.
  • Macs can open PDFs without causing the world to end.
  • PCs start to lag very quickly. With a Mac, it’s like turning on a new computer every time.
  • Macs look beautiful.
  • PC’s become full of adware and viruses quickly. It’s very rare for a Mac to get a virus.
  • Browsers on PC’s easily pick up tool bars and programs which change things such like default search engine, show adverts and links. And they’re difficult to remove.
  • They work seamlessly with my iPads and iPhone. All my e-mails, iMessages and notes all sync up. I can easily switch from texting some from my phone, to my computer and then to an iPad.

You can buy a PC cheap. And it’s true that you can get much more memory, storage and more for your money with windows computer. But the thing is, they just don’t last.

With Macs, you don’t need the top model to get a smooth user experience. Even the entry level ones, like my Mac mini, can last you years without causing you problems.

Are you a Mac user or a Windows user?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sarah July 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I switched from PC to MAC last year and haven’t looked back. The initial cost scared the crap out of me but so far it’s been the best decision I could have made. Macs are just so nice to work on and I can’t fault the speed, mine starts up lighting quick (as long as it’s had all it’s updates!). I still have so many features to learn how to use though, whereas with a PC I knew it all from the get go!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Reply Kristian July 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I have (and always had) a PC but I worked once for a company, who were only using Macs. So, I had the experience of an Apple PC, so here’s what I think:

    Macs are for simple people who want to have and keep it simple. Your post proves that. Your first 3 arguments show, that you’ve never tried a PC which cost more than $300, but yet, you’re comparing a $300 PC to a $600 Mac. I can tell you, if you’d spent that much on PC parts and let someone assemble it for you, the first 3 points would wash away. I have bought my PC (used) for $250 and bought a $100 SSD two years ago. I don’t notice any freezes, crashes or anything else you’ve noticed. But then again, this stuff require a bit more knowledge, which simple people just don’t have.

    The 4th point is a matter of gusto, I guess. I didn’t like it, although I got used to it after a few days. The animations and the , for sure are nice to see, but you can also get that for PC. No one does that and do you know why? Because it’s unnecessary waste of resources. It is also on a mac, but you won’t notice, since you can’t play games on it, which for sure use the most resources.

    The 5th and 6th point are both the same. And both lies. It depends on the user, either he gets some malware or not. I don’t have any antivirus software on my PC, I never had. Yet I don’t have any of this stuff. Because I’m carefull, when I install something I first read what exactly I’m installing. For the most times there’s an extra tick box for some toolbars, which are always checked. Simple people, like you, just click on “next” until the setup is finished, and then wonder, why they have some programs they didn’t want. I read this stuff, that’s why I never had any malware like that.

    The last point is the only one that’s legit. Windows really suck at automatically synchronizing stuff, even with their own brand phones. It got better since Windows 8 but they still have a lot to do.

    But for myself, the one point wouldn’t be a reason to switch to Mac. I don’t really hate on mac, I’ve had iPhone 6 for myself – for 3 months. Then I did sell it, only for one reason: It does not offer enough, to justify the price. And that’s my biggest crytics on Apple. If it would have reasonable price, I wouldn’t care. But really, people who like simplicity and buy a overpriced phone or PC, just for that reason… I don’t get. Also, I don’t get how people even can be proud of that.

    That was a long though, but I needed to make my point.

    • Reply Corinne July 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’ve actually tried PC’s on many ends of the price range. From £180 netbooks (which was actually one of my favourite, but got stolen when our house was burgled) to PC’s my Dad has hand built.

      My current PC laptop cost the same as my Macbook – £600.

      I don’t meant to come off defensive – but don’t assume I’ve not tried many PCs in the past.

      I do agree that if you’re a gamer, you’ll want to head towards a PC, but I’m not a gamer.

      I’m also quite aware of how to install things onto a computer, to ensure I uncheck all the boxes to prevent it adding extra programs when I’m installing something new. Yet I still find viruses and malware on my PC’s that change my browsers settings.

      I don’t understand what is wrong with wanting simplicity? I want my user experience to be as smooth as possible, to be quick, simple, fast, no fuss.

      I don’t think that makes me an idiot. I think that makes me like most people who crave ease of use over something more complex and clunky, don’t you think?

      I’m not sure being ‘proud’ is the right word. I used Windows for over 15 years, started on Windows 3.0 and have grown up as a Windows user and still use them at work.

      I’m not ‘proud’ that I’m a Mac user, I’m just a girl that’s made a switch that has made my life on the internet much easier, more stable and enjoyable, so decided to share that with others.

      I’m all for a good debate, but please don’t lace your comments in passive aggressiveness that insinuates I’m an idiot that has no real experience of a quality Windows PC.

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