I Hate My Mac – Here’s Why I Moved to Windows

As the introductions go, this is definitely one of the most divisive ways to introduce myself. But where is the joy of being wise? After a decade of worshiping the shiny Apple logo on my Mac, I’ve finally seen the light and will switch to my first Windows since Windows XP.

Given that I just used the words ‘cult’ and ‘Apple’ in the same sentence, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m begging for an iPhone too. Fortunately, however, that ship has sailed a long time ago, which makes it all the more surprising that despite having had Android phones for the past eight years, I haven’t given up my Mac in favor of Windows.

What did my Mac ever do to me?

Thats all about it; Mac did nothing for me. Although I love the Mac with every fiber of my being, every time I nibble and get a newer model, the price goes up while the quality goes down. Once the honeymoon period of owning a shiny new Mac is over, I always wonder what I actually paid for — was it the shiny Apple logo, or the internal specs?

Apple Mac Logo Lite by Red Light

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Configuring your Mac on the Apple website is like doing a dance between getting a machine that can do what you want it to do and inadvertently bankrupting yourself. As a millionaire not yet a millionaire, I’ve often had to stay on the affordability side, which means I’m paying above the odds for a Mac with sub-par specs.

Stop being poor and buy a better model

I can hear it now, the far cry of keyboard warriors who come to the Mac’s defense arguing that if you bought a better model, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Do I really need to explain how asking someone to buy the higher version of your product to make it worth the money is not a good branding strategy? Sure, any device that comes with a four-digit price tag should be able to handle a few open tabs and an internet connection, however here I am with a Mac that looks like it’s about to give Ryanair a run for its money.

Things about my Mac piss me off

If you’re still here, you’re clearly in this for slandering the Mac, and I’ll try not to disappoint you. Although I have used both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for most of my digital life, they never fail to surprise me with something new that is bothering me.

Do you enjoy constantly unplugging the charger from your laptop? Then the MacBook Air 2008, equipped with the L-Style connector, is the Mac for you.

Or do you prefer typing without using the spacebar? In this case, nearly any MacBook after 2016’s shift from scissor switches to new butterfly-style connectors should tick all your boxes.

Joking aside, most of these issues have been fixed in the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro versions, so what should I do with my Mac model? Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of saving for a new Mac every year, so I’m stuck with a 2018 MacBook Air and also use a 2018 MacBook Pro occasionally.

Besides having a hard time dealing with a few open tabs while Spotify is playing in the background, the MacBook Air has potato sound quality underwater, making it useless for using streaming services unless it’s plugged into headphones. It also likes to disable my trackpad at the most annoying of times, and from day one, whenever I try to watch a video in full screen, the screen flashes randomly.

If that wasn’t enough, one of my two very generous USB-C ports stopped working after a few months, leaving me with one USB-C port, and I had to do a delete before I had enough space to download Mac OS Monterey.

While I would say the MacBook Pro 2018 came without faults, it also falls below par given its crazier price tag. Its keys still want to stick out for no apparent reason, and I’ve also experienced the trackpad stuck in click mode. Given that I mainly use a MacBook Pro for my creative endeavors, it hurts that I’m stuck with four USB-C connections and no traditional USB port or SD card reader, forcing me to use an adapter that Apple was happy to offer at such a great cost.

Macbook Pro Gray and USB-C Adapter

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What I will miss about Mac

Don’t get me wrong, while this editorial doesn’t exactly scream in favor of the Mac; There are a few things I will miss about the Mac.

While the build quality of the interior of my MacBook Air leaves a lot to be desired for the price, the build quality of the exterior is second to none. Love the look and feel of Apple products; It might be expensive, but it also feels expensive, and I’m not sure I could go back to a device without a metal body.

My MacBook Air is also light as a feather and glides easily into the smallest of spaces, which always makes me the envy of my traveling friends.

I’m also afraid to re-learn the new Windows after so long in the Mac world, although this probably won’t be too difficult given the design changes in Windows 11. Like their products, the Mac has always had a clean, beautiful, and elegant operating system, and although it has It does not suit the taste of Windows users, I have always loved it.

Screenshot of the Windows 11 search box

So what Windows laptop do I switch to?

Here’s the thing, Mac limits you to a few options, MacBook Air, Pro, or iMac. For Windows, there is plenty to choose from!

I barely dipped my toe into the waters of Windows and I’m already drowning under a sea of ​​recommendations. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Business is a potential competitor to my Macbook Air, but the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is also in dispute. While having too many options is a good problem, it means I haven’t decided yet which Windows laptop is going to be the one to usurp my Mac from my house.

Call me a traitor, but I’ve seen the light

It’s been a long time since I switched from Mac to Windows. I meant it when I said I wanted to continue to love the Mac, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that I won’t get the performance I want without pushing above the odds. So, for now, goodbye to Mac, and hello to the world of Windows – don’t come to me!

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