Why switching to Mac at work was the right choice
Back in August after losing my second Windows computer in twelve months I finally did what I said I was going to do for the last ten years. I switched to Mac.
I had been using a Dell laptop for business and personal use and was generally satisfied, but I believe that was because I had never used an Apple computer before, other than an early 80’s Macintosh that one of my cousins had when I was a kid.
One day my Dell laptop decided it was time for a Windows 10 update and after installing the automatic update the machine started up two or three more times and then quit booting up at all. All of my business files were on that laptop — thankfully they were all backed up to the cloud, but having to restore all of my files, instead of working, was not something I was looking forward to.
By this point, I had already been moving away from Microsoft for a while. I stopped using Outlook and Internet Explorer, having already made the switch to Gmail and Chrome years ago, and the last game console I purchased last year was a Playstation 4 after having had three Xbox 360s die on me. Changing over to Mac, especially for work, was a big step and I was a bit apprehensive, but it was time to go Mac and never look back.
I purchased two Mac computers. The Macbook Pro 13.3 inch 2.7 ghz Intel Core i5 lap top with 120 Gigs of storage for on the go and personal use and the iMac 21.5 inch 2.8 ghz Intel Core i5 with 1 Terabyte of storage space for the office. They were not cheap. My Dell cost me about $600.00 and now I was spending $2600.00, but I wanted to be able to upgrade to new computers in the future on my terms, when I was ready to, and not because of another emergency, plus I was tired of spending so much time every day on a clunky Windows computer.
By the way, my Dell was under warranty. The warranty company blamed Microsoft and Microsoft never called me back after our call was disconnected — and that was after I spent hours of my time tracking down the right tech to talk to, holding the line, and then trying to troubleshoot the problem. I know the Microsoft tech had my phone number because he asked me for it at the beginning of the phone conversation, but he never called me back after we were disconnected, so off I went to the nearest Apple store.
When I walked into the Apple store I have to admit, I was a little intimidated. The place was crowded! Youngsters (20 is young when you’re 40) casually tinkered with the hardware on display. iPhones, iPads, laptops, desktops. It was a little hard to tell the customers from the employees, but once I asked someone for help, the experience was great. My sales guy was very knowledgable about the computers I was looking at, he had all of the answers I needed, and he was friendly. In a short time I picked out the computers I wanted, my sales guy got me approved for financing right there on the sales floor at the display model I was looking at, and then a few minutes later another Apple employee walked over with my new computers, and my receipt in hand. Wow! Service!
When I got the computers back to my office I had no trouble setting them up. I created an iCloud account and the computers did some software updates and then they were ready to go. Since most of the software I use is in the cloud there were no compatibility problems I had to deal with. The only glitch that took some time was converting my accounting software from the desktop version to the cloud version, which did take some time to get up and running, but that was the accounting software company’s problem, not Apple’s.
So what do I really like about Macs? Pretty much everything. The displays are clear and sharp. The audio speakers are good, not great but they have a nice sound especially on the desktop. The keyboards are comfortable and the laptop keyboard is back-lit, so if I work in low or no light I can still see the keys. The mouse and keyboard for the desktop are also Bluetooth so there are no wires to deal with. Did I mention battery life? Batteries in the laptop and peripherals last long and the laptop charges up fast! Also the laptop charger cord is magnetized (MagSafe) which helps to avoid your computer being dragged to the floor if someone were to trip over the cord. Plus the MagSafe cord just feels like quality hardware. The desktop display and computer is all contained in one unit, so there’s no tower, plus display, plus speakers, and all of the cords that go with it. The setup is clean. Oh, and when you start up a Mac or its hard drive is working (I did not opt for solid state drives, maybe next time) they don’t sound like a lawnmower starting up. The Dell and every other Windows machine I have ever had were super noisy. Macs are not. Finally, the Macs come with some good software that works efficiently with the operating system. Everything is meant to work in harmony and it does. I used iMovie to make a YouTube video for New Years and it turned out very nice and it was pretty easy to use.
My advice is if you have been thinking of switching to Mac and you’re tired of clunky and unreliable Windows computers, do it! You won’t be disappointed. I am not ready to switch my Android phone over to iPhone yet, but I will write about that later.