2 Days On A Macbook Pro—Confessions of a Longtime Windows Power User
I like to keep learning and ensuring I push myself to do things I’m not comfortable with. This often means reading a book I don’t agree with or watching a news channel with a different perspective. But it also means using technology that I am not comfortable with.
I’ve been using Windows for about 30 years and am quite comfortable with all things Windows. I’m even a happy Windows 8.1 user (although I’m not thrilled it’s not much better than 7).
So as I watch the increasing growth in the Apple world, I realize I need to see why people are switching. Plus, people ask me relatively constantly about whether they should switch to a Mac or not, and I almost always say no based on what I’ve read or heard.
Now it’s time for me to live with a Mac and decide for myself. For the next 30 days I’ll be using a Macbook Pro and leaving my Lenovo Yoga behind. The Macbook was purchased for someone else, so it is going back in 30 days unless I really love it.
I’ve been using the Macbook for two days and already I’ve found plenty of annoying things and nothing too exciting. I almost did not write this blog until I had more experience, but then I realized many of you would have suggestions on how I can get more out of the Macbook Pro.
First, the good things:
It’s similar enough to Windows that most anyone can use a Mac. Perhaps the stronger Windows user you are, the more comfortable you are. Things are in different places, but they make sense and just take a little figuring out (this is in fact the main reason I want to commit for 30 days).
Because I switched to Office 365 and had moved all my files into OneDrive, I was able to install OneDrive for the Mac and all my files are now on my Mac. I was also able to easily install my license for Office to the Mac. Chrome, Evernote and other applications downloaded and synched with the cloud version, so I was up and running very quickly.
The USB port works and most of my USB devices work.
I found my wireless printer fast, and Mac prints to it better than Windows.
The device is beautiful.
I have an iPad so I can now see FaceTime and iMessages right on my computer. I don’t use these applications much, so this isn’t big for me but may be for others.
Most every application I use is available for the Mac, so I’m not missing any key application I need to do my job.
It’s fast. Very fast. But I think that has more to do with being new than being that much faster than Windows.
Then, the annoying things:
The hardest thing for me is I use a ton of keyboard shortcuts. Mac has many of these available, but they are hard for me to get used to and some don’t work at all. For example, if I start an email on Windows Outlook and want to cancel it, I just press ESC. On the Mac, it does nothing. I have to click the X.
Speaking of the X, I miss having everything on the right side instead of the left where the Mac has the X-button. Just a small thing since they both do the same thing; it’s just a learning curve.
Home key does nothing. End key does nothing. I use both of those keys (along with CTRL and arrows) constantly.
The next worst thing has to do with hardware. There’s no standard HDMI port so I have to buy a special cable to make it work with my monitor. Some hardware isn’t compatible with the Mac, so I’m going to be spending more money to make it work.
I miss my touch screen.
Where is the right click? Oh my goodness. I never realized how much I love the right click. This alone may force me back to Windows.
I have a much longer list of things I don’t like, but it is too early to whine. I need to focus on the positive. Please help me!
It is way too early to tell, but it seems that what I’ve been saying for the last few years may be true. Perhaps I’m trying to make sure it is; I welcome your comments to help me.
Using Windows or Mac is really about personal preference now. If you like the Mac, you should buy a Mac. If you like Windows, you should buy a PC. While it’s probably still true that any graphics person is better off with a Mac, I don’t think it is necessarily true that a businessperson needs a PC.
I don’t expect to want a Mac, but I’m really going to try to find reasons to want one. I welcome all your advice, tips and insights in comments or via email.