After being a PC user for years, I had a jealous fit when my sister kept showing off her glossy new iMac and all its fancy apps whenever I was over. Was Mac really better? There was only one way to find out. BUY ONE! So I did.
And this, fellow readers, is what happens when you switch from a PC to a Mac for the first time:
After owning my iMac for some time now, I thought I’d share my personal experience thus far.
What I love
See above video. Self-explanatory!
This was a the selling point for me. I HATED all the clutter of wires on my PC. I can now move my Mac wherever I want because it only has a single power cord. That’s it!
Less prone to malware
Simply put, Macs aren’t widely-owned. Less worrying about viruses.
There’s an app for everything. Really.
Installing software is SO much easier and faster on a Mac. So is uninstalling—just drag in the Trash.
Eye Candy, Eye Candy and more Eye Candy
There’s no denying that Mac takes the cake in design for both hardware and software. My iMac is so friggin gorgeous I want to make love to it.
I don’t know much about the materials it’s made with, but it feels hella sturdy and weighs more than me.
No blue screen of death
It’s nice to not fear that your computer is going to die at any given time as it eventually happened with my PC. This baby has been running very smoothly. It is still pretty new so time will tell on this one.
Exposé & Spaces
Ok, this is pretty genius. Exposé shows all open and unhidden windows and Spaces lets you group your application windows easily switch between them. More screen real-estate!
What I don’t love
They frustrate me. I found it much easier to navigate and switch between files and folders on a PC. I can’t even rename or copy/paste a file during a “Save As” prompt.
Doable, but a pain in the arse if it’s more than RAM you’re wanting to upgrade. This fellow shows you how to upgrade the hard drive on an iMac. Suction cups? Kind of scary if you ask me.
My eyes BURN from the delicious monitor brightness if I’ve been in front of the computer for a while. I have to turn the brightness waaaay down, but where’s the fun in that?
Sure it’s wireless and that’s dandy, but it eats up AA batteries like nobody’s business. I have to replace mine every month! The mouse also feels clunky and heavy. I’m still trying to find an adequate mouse pad for it since the poorly designed bottom only slides on certain surfaces. I’m currently using a notepad.
Purchasing an iMac
I was going to list “Cost” as one of the “Don’t love” items, but I’ve spent so much more money upgrading my PC and replacing fried hard drives that I really feel the price of a Mac is worth it. Still, I could not bear to pay the full retail price tag at Apple. I was able to get my iMac at a very reasonable price with already upgraded RAM and hard drive from custommacsales eBay seller. The Bing.com cashback saved me an additional and approximate $100 off the price. Everything came in the original packaging and customer service was flawless. Update: Bing has just announced that their cashback program will be discontinued. The last day to earn cash back on your Bing Shopping purchases will be July 30, 2010.
Still Need Windows
As much as I love my new Mac, access to a Windows operating system is still essential in my area of work. To solve this I’ve installed VMware Fusion which lets me run a virtual copy of the Windows OS directly on my Mac so that I can fully test my sites in Internet Explorer.
Bottom line: once you go Mac you never go back.
What do you love or not love about your Mac? Share below!