Goodbye, Windows

Hmm… I haven’t written in awhile.  Initially, I thought of writing about the recent revival of 2D gaming, but someone else beat me to it.  I thought I could  write about the sheer awesomeness of Old Spice’s recent viral campaign, but that’s been done too (nevermind the fact that the campaign took place a whole two weeks ago).  And, well, let’s face it – if you need me to tell you about how awesome Toy Story 3 was, you’ve clearly been living under a rock and hang on my every word and media endorsement (I wish).  I did just see Inception yesterday, so hopefully I’ll write a review in the next few days (hint: it was excellent), but for now, I’ll write about some old/new happenings with me:

I’ve gone Mac.

Some of you may remember that my old Windows laptop has been finicky lately (to say the least).  Well, a little while back, the straw broke the camel’s back, I turned to the darkside, performed one other cliche catchphrase, and bought myself a Macbook Pro.  I didn’t make a big deal out of it (unless you saw me in person with the computer over which I salivated), but let’s just say that the time had finally come.  I’ve had it for over a month now, so I feel like I efficiently know my way around the new OS well enough.

If you look very closely, you can see holy light emanating from it.

My initial impression of the Macbook Pro was not a sense of awe with the OS.  To me, Mac OS X was just a slightly different (but still familiar) way to run a computer.  What really impressed me was the hardware of the Macbook.  The body design on this thing is just brilliant.  It’s sleek and thin, yet still very functional.  One of the few things I hated about my previous Dell was how clunky the thing was.  It was made of all sorts of random parts that precariously clicked together…and it was a beast to carry around.  Of course, my old Dell eventually died due to hardware failures, so I’m sure that leads me to appreciate the Macbook’s design a bit more.

While I was not initially overwhelmed with the Mac software, I did grow to appreciate it.  The trackpad, for one, is a great feature that I find myself wondering how I lived without for so many years.  It responds so much better than any previous mousepad that I’ve used.  The dashboard is a nifty feature, though I currently don’t have much use for it.  Naturally, the operating system itself is blazingly fast, but it’s something I would expect of any new computer.  Nevertheless, it’s very nice to have my computer do something right when I tell it to.  It’s weird not to be using any sort of virus/malware protection (something I might look into for my Mac before too long), but it’s amazing knowing that the odds of my computer getting terrible slowdown due things like spyware are pretty low.  It sounds weird, but OS X is also very pretty.  Whereas Windows just does things, Mac often goes the extra step to say “Hey, I’ve got cool animation.”  Everything does indeed look nice on a Mac.  Overall, while the OS is not a whole heads-and-tails above Windows, it has a number of smaller features that make it a more efficient program overall.

There are, unfortunately, a few things to complain about with the Macbook – the biggest thing being price (I practically had to rob a bank to afford it).  I understand it costs a lot because “it’s a Mac,” but when you look at the specs and then look at a Windows laptop with the same specs, you’re going to find a huge difference in the price.  I’m still not convinced it’s worth as much as I paid for it, but that’s a debate that could go on forever.  In fact, the price point kind of depends on the longevity of the computer.  I got a Mac because I didn’t want to deal with the difficulties of Windows anymore – and a primary difficult is its short life span.  If my Mac lasts for a long time, then perhaps the price was worth it.  As it is, however, if my Macbook (God forbid) dies anytime within the next 4 or 5 years, I will probably go with a Windows laptop again.  It’s sad but true.

My other major complaint is purely due to my media-consuming nature.  Where the heck is the Blu-ray support??  The MacBook Pro comes ready to display high-definition images on its display, so why isn’t a high-definition format supported?  Apple was one of the earliest backers of Blu-ray technology, joining the Blu-ray Disc Association’s Board of Directors all the way back in 2005.  Five years later, BD support is still noticeably absent from all Macs (not just MacBook Pro’s).  What’s more, Steve Jobs seems to have no intention of adding compatibility with the format (I say it’s because he wants users to buy HD movies off iTunes instead).  This frustrates me for a number of reasons – I’m a big advocate of Blu-ray, I love using optical discs, and Windows laptops support Blu-ray for a far cheaper price than what you pay for a MacBook (also: buying movies from iTunes is an absolute pain in the rear because of some crazy DRM).  Of course, this complaint didn’t stop me from buying a MacBook, but it’s definitely something to be noted.

Do I like my MacBook?  Absolutely.  Is it over-priced?  That depends on your perspective, but I’d still say yes.  Does it have a few minor drawbacks?  Again, yes.  Was it worth it?  I would still say yes.  So far, the positives have greatly outweighed the negatives.  I love having a reliable computer that does everything within the blink of an eye.  I’m not gonna lie, it’s also really fun learning a new OS.

Despite it’s drawbacks, the MacBook Pro is a speedy, efficient, and reliable processor that I feel very happy to own.

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~ by digitallysmitten on July 26, 2010.

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