As far as interviews go, this is definitely one of the more controversial ways to introduce myself. But where’s the fun in being careful? After a decade of worshiping the shiny Apple logo on my Mac, I’ve finally seen the light and will be moving to my first Windows operating system since Windows XP.
Considering I just used the words “worship” and “apple” in the same sentence, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m also a supplicant for the iPhone. Fortunately, however, that ship sailed a long time ago, which makes it even more surprising that despite owning Android phones for the past eight years, I still haven’t given up my Mac in favor of Windows.
What has Mac ever done to me?
That’s it easy; Mac has never done anything for me. While I want to love the Mac with every fiber of my being, every time I bite the bullet and get a newer model, the price has gone up while the quality has gone down. Once the honeymoon is over with a nice, shiny new Mac, I always wonder what I paid for—was it the shiny Apple logo or was it the specs inside?
Configuring your Mac on Apple’s website is like a dance between buying a machine that actually does what you need it to do and going bankrupt unintentionally. As a budding millionaire, I’ve often had to stay on the affordability side, which means paying over the odds for a Mac with inferior specs.
Stop being poor and buy a better model
I can hear it now, the distant roar of the keyboard warriors coming to defend Mac, arguing that if I just bought a better model there wouldn’t be a problem.
Do I really need to explain why requiring someone to buy the top-tier version of your product in order to get value for their money isn’t a good branding strategy? Surely any device with a four-figure price tag should be able to handle a couple of open tabs and a connection to the internet, and yet here I am with a Mac that sounds like it would hold a candle to Ryanair.
Things about my Mac that make me angry
If you’re still here, then you’re clearly in for the Mac slander and I’ll try not to let you down. Although I use both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for most of my digital life, they always surprise me with something new to get angry about.
Do you enjoy it when your charger keeps disconnecting from your laptop? Then the 2008 MacBook Air, complete with an L-style connector, is the Mac for you.
Or do you prefer typing without the spacebar? In that case, virtually any MacBook should handle all of your needs after the 2016 move from scissor switches to the new butterfly connectors.
Jokes aside, most of these issues have been fixed in the newer MacBook Air and MacBook Pro iterations, so what’s my problem with my Mac model? Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of saving up for a new Mac every year, so I’m stuck with the 2018 MacBook Air and occasionally use a 2018 MacBook Pro as well.
Aside from my MacBook Air having trouble handling a few open tabs while Spotify is playing in the background, my MacBook Air has the sound quality of a sea potato, making it unusable for using streaming services unless it’s is connected to headphones. It also likes to disable my trackpad at the most inopportune times, and since day one the display has been randomly flickering when I try to watch a video full screen.
As if that wasn’t enough, one of its very generous two USB-C ports stopped working after a few months, leaving me with just a single USB-C output, and I had to go on a delete spree before I had enough space had to download Mac OS Monterey.
While I’d like to say that the 2018 MacBook Pro came flawless, it also falls well short of the bar for its even crazier price point. The buttons still get stuck for no apparent reason, and I’ve also experienced the trackpad getting stuck in click mode. Considering that I mainly use the MacBook Pro for my creative pursuits, having four USB-C ports and no traditional USB port or SD card reader is a problem, forcing me to use a converter , which Apple happily provided at a significant cost.
What I will miss about Mac
Don’t get me wrong, while this editorial doesn’t exactly scream in favor of Mac; There are a few things about Mac that I will miss.
While the internal build quality of my MacBook Air leaves a lot to be desired for the price, the external build quality is second to none. I love the way Apple products look and feel; They may be expensive, but they also feel expensive, and I’m not sure I’d ever go back to a device without a metal body.
My MacBook Air is also light as a feather and slides easily into the smallest of spaces, which is always the envy of my friends when I travel.
I’m also dreading re-learning the new Windows OS after so long in the Mac world, although perhaps it won’t be too difficult given the design changes in Windows 11. Like their products, Mac has always had a clean, beautiful, and sleek operating system, and while it might not be to the liking of Windows users, I’ve always really liked it.
So which Windows laptop do I switch to?
Here’s the thing, Mac limits you to just a few options, the MacBook Air, Pro or iMac. With Windows, there are almost too many choices!
No sooner have I dipped my toe in the waters of Windows than I’m drowning under a sea of recommendations. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Business is a likely competitor for my Macbook Air, but the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is also in contention. While having too much choice is a good problem, it means I’ve yet to decide which Windows laptop will be the one that’s going to usher the Mac out of my household.
Call me a traitor, but I’ve seen the light
The move from Mac to Windows has been a long time coming. I meant it when I said I want to keep loving Mac, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that I can’t get the performance I want without paying over the odds. So, for now, it’s goodbye Mac and hello to the world of Windows – don’t approach me!