I’ve been using Windows since Version 1.0, bridging the great divide between command-line computing and the graphical user interface. I never gave the Mac a try because it didn’t support my business environment, and in the beginning, I enjoyed cobbling together components and squeezing out every ounce of performance. I was also a bit of a Windows snob, taking offense at Apple’s Mac versus PC commercials and its generally superior attitude over the years.
But lately, I’ve used macOS more often and have grown ever more weary of some aspects of Windows that seem like they’ll never go away. So, after a bit of soul searching and financial planning, I’ve decided to switch to an all-Apple computing environment. Like lots of people in the past couple of years, the Mac renaissance has caught my attention — and led me to do the unthinkable: say goodbye to Windows.
My journey toward the full embrace of Mac started innocently enough. A lot of positive press was being given to the MacBook Pro last year, and I wanted to know for myself how well it compared to the best of Windows
But the more time I spent with it, the more I fell in love with the hardware. More and more, it was becoming my go-to laptop when I wasn’t working on some other device for a review. There’s a lot these MacBook Pros offer, but for me, I began to realize there were two primary things drawing me to pick it up versus one of the many Windows
First is the keyboard. I need a keyboard that, for whatever reason, lets me type at full speed without wearing me out. When you type as many words as I do in order to make a living, you need exactly the right feel to maintain peak efficiency.
Second is the display. I not only type a lot of words, but I stare at them for hours a day. Gray text that doesn’t pop against an off-white background is another recipe for fatigue and lost productivity. I need a display with the highest possible contrast and with clear white backgrounds.
The latest MacBook Pros offer the very best of both. The Magic Keyboard is the best keyboard around, and I say that after reviewing 250
Those two standout features, on top of everything else the MacBook Pro is excellent at, kept me coming back. I realize those are very personal reasons, but for me and my life, they’re essential.
That’s far from the end of the journey, though.
In addition to my MacBook Pro 14, I also have an iPad Pro 11 outfitted with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The iPad is for casual use, like web browsing, triaging email, and writing quick notes as ideas come to me. It’s a surprisingly capable little device I’ve grown fond of over the last several months. I’ll write about how well it can serve as a “real PC” in an upcoming story — but suffice it to say, it’s found a way into my daily life.
That means that I was already two-thirds of the way to all-Apple computing. The holdout has been my Windows desktop, a fairly powerful machine I use for my most personal tasks, such as managing my finances and various projects outside my technology writing.
The thing is, I use three 27-inch
That led me to look at Apple’s desktop options. I considered the Mac Mini and the Mac Studio, both of which can handle at least my three current displays. That requires the most powerful Mac Mini, though, which is as expensive as the base Mac Studio in the configuration I’d want to buy. That would net me an M2 Pro chipset versus the M2 Max in the more capable Mac Studio, which makes me question Apple’s marketing. But I digress.
As I conducted more research, I remembered to consider Apple’s refurbished machines, which have a strong reputation for being as good as new. The Mac Studio has been around since June 2023, meaning quite a few refurb options are available. I found the base Mac Studio M2 Ultra available for $3,399, $600 off the retail price. I’m also eligible for Apple’s military discount, which lowered the price to $3,059. That’s $940 off of list. The M2 Max wasn’t available at such a steep discount, making the M2 Ultra version a better relative value.
After serious consideration, I decided to invest in the M2 Ultra version, which I’m working on right now. I’ll get into more detail about the experience as time goes on, but for now, I can say that I like the machine.
Of course, hardware isn’t the only thing to keep in mind when making a major transition with your tech. Software, compatibility, and app ecosystems are arguably even more important. As I was making my slow transition to an all-Apple setup, there were plenty of times when I was jumping back-and-forth between macOS and Windows — sometimes even side by side. It was an illuminating experience, leaving me with some surprising observations about my experience with the two.
When it comes down to it, neither Windows nor macOS is a perfect operating system. Each has bits and pieces that I like and some that I dislike. I love touch gestures on Mac, but prefer the multi-window multitasking of Windows 11. I could go on and on, but both
However, I can’t ignore the fact that
The point is that Windows has no standout feature that makes me want to stick with it. The result: a migration to Apple has become a lot more attractive than it had previously been. There’s less dividing the two than there used to be, making it a lot easier to justify a switch to Mac than in the past.
So now, I’m using all Apple machines for my computing work, from the most intense to the most casual. It’s early, but so far, I’ve enjoyed working in the same environment as I step away from my desktop and pull out my laptop.
Of course, I’ll continue using Windows extensively when I’m reviewing
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