Èske li Tan yo Twoke Mac ou pou yon Laptop Windows?

Is it Time to Swap Your Mac for a Windows Laptop?

Plis pase yon dekad de sa Alex MERRILL chanje soti nan PC a Mac epi pa janm gade dèyè. Men, nouvo MacBook Pro a trè chè sa, yo ka li te finalman dwe tante chanje ankò?


Powered by Guardian.co.ukAtik sa a ki gen tit “Èske li tan swap Mac ou pou yon laptop Windows?” te ekri pa Alex MERRILL, pou theguardian.com nan Samdi 7th janvye 2017 08.00 UTC

Mwen te yon itilizatè Apple pou plis pase yon dekad, depi tout tan mwen ranmase yon renovasyon PowerBook 17in tounen nan 2005 ranplase malad nan Windows XP bwat mwen. Men, mwa pase a, apre Apple te anonse pi chè nouvo MacBook Pou li yo nan prèske 15 ane, Mwen rekonsidere desizyon m 'la pou premye fwa ak, pou semèn ki sot pase yo, Mwen te tounen sou yon PC Windows.

Mwen pa t 'toujou yon itilizatè Mac. premye mwen twa òdinatè te PC yo, byenke kay la Mwen te grandi nan te gen yon malad, rayi pouvwa Mac Performa. rezon mwen pou oblije chanje nan jèn mwen te san patipri ki senp: Mwen te konn jwe mwens epi mwens jwèt PC, ak depans ogmante kantite tan lè l sèvi avèk òdinatè mwen an nan jere bibliyotèk la mizik lye nan iPod mwen. Mwen te youn nan moun ki komutasyon, etone pou distenksyon an nan jwè mizik Apple la ak konvenk yo pran plonje nan nan sistèm opere plen Desktop yo.

konpitè pòtatif li a pa t 'bon mache, men li te fè navèt ant kay paran separe m 'pi fasil. Epi pandan ke y mwen rate ke yo te kapab jwe bibliyotèk nan plen nan jwèt PC mwen ta bati moute sou ane yo, li te yon moman enteresan yo dwe deplase nan mond lan Mac OS. Plis, World of Warcraft te kwa-platfòm, ki te tout bank nan mwen ki nesesè pou yon bon tan ap.

Dis ane sou, Mwen se yon Apple itilizatè san patipri default. Mwen se sou iPhone sizyèm mwen, dezyèm iPad ak twazyèm Mac; Mwen gen yon Apple televizyon nan kay, Apple marque klavye sou Desktop m ', e menm yon batri plato Apple AA, soti nan jou yo, lè yo te fè yo.

Men, pwenson yo jimo nan yon Brexit ki tap dirije depresyasyon nan liv la, ak Apple divilge yon seri nouvo nan MacBook Pou ak pi piti a Bang-pou-ou-Buck nan memwa ki resan, fè m 'panse de fwa. Mac a chèr ki ta ka ase pou bezwen mwen, yon 13Nan MacBook Pro ak 512GB nan espas depo ak 16GB nan belye mouton, vini nan nan byen plis pase £ 2,000, ankò se apèn plis pouvwa anpil pase machin nan li a ranplase, yon retin 15in MacBook Pro soti nan kat ane de sa ki koute jis plis pase £ 1,500 nan moman an.

Se konsa, mwen chanje tounen. Pou mwa ki sot pase, Mwen te lè l sèvi avèk la sifas Liv, konpitè pòtatif li a tèt-a-liy lan vann pa, pou tout moun, Microsoft.

Li te yon eksperyans.

Great-ich atann

Microsoft Sifas Liv
Microsoft Sifas Liv Foto: Samyèl Gibbs pou moun ki responsab la

atann mwen pral nan te ensèten. Mwen konnen Windows te evolye radikalman depi dènye te itilize li, tounen nan epòk la XP, e menm te chanje depi dènye fwa mwen te itilize li nan kòlè, yon ti tan apre lansman de Fenèt 8.1. aktyèl Vèsyon an dènye nan sistèm nan fonksyone, Fenèt 10 (konfizyon, sèlman yon sèl vèsyon pita pase 8.1; istwa a ale ke devlopè twò anpil te ekri Kòd refere li a Windows 95 ak 98 kòm "9 *", sa vle di yon Windows aktyèl 9 ta kraze konpatibilite), se jeneralman konsidere kòm yon bon bagay. Li may nouvo eksperyans nan Windows nan vèsyon 8 ak yon Desktop fin vye granmoun-style plis chik pase vèsyon anvan, pandan y ap èkspediteur tout tan tout tan plis nan cruft nan fon nan pare solèy meni ak ofri yon eksperyans Slick pou itilizatè premye fwa.

Mwen te tou bay espwa pa machin nan. Apre yon kòmanse gòch ak vèsyon an premye nan sifas la tounen nan 2012, Lè sa a, 'al moute kan kòm yon konkiran iPad, Microsoft te vin youn nan manifaktirè yo pi byen nan Windows PC yo gen. Liv la Sifas se yon machin bon gou, maske tankou yon laptop MacBook Pro-klas men ki gen yon tactile konplètman Detachable ki ouvè l 'moute nan yon seri antye nouvo nan sèvi.

gen bon jan kalite a nan machin yo andigman ki te koze pwoblèm lè li rive relasyon Microsoft a ak patnè pyès ki nan konpitè li yo, ki te gen tandans ou kapab espere Microsoft yo dwe kontni ratisaj nan dè milyon ak frè yo lisans pou Windows, olye ke ak konpetisyon ak yo dirèkteman pou pwofi nan manifakti pyès ki nan konpitè. Men, pou kounye, konpayi an te te kontni yo chita sou kwen nan mache a, fè aparèy Tanporèman nich pou itilizatè a pouvwa.

Malgre nan tout sa, Mwen te gen yon kantite lajan ki jis nan ajitasyon. Mémwa a ekran ble nan lanmò, nan konfli chofè, nan netwaye soti rejis m 'ak restore sistèm nan apre yon enfeksyon malveyan, se difisil yo souke, kòm se angove la an jeneral depi yo jenn mwen an Microsoft kòm Satan a Great nan mond lan teknoloji. Kòm Zuckerberg se 2010s yo, Gates te ane 1990 yo: tout tan-prezan, pwofesyonèl amoral, ak èkstrèmeman, unflappably, siksè.

Men, Gates se ale, kòm se Ballmer. Sa a se konpayi Satya Nadella pou nou kounye a, ak Microsoft a nan jenerasyon sa a se tout bagay Microsoft a nan 90s yo - oswa Facebook a nan jounen jodi a - se pa: enb, trankil, kontan ak sa yo siksè kote li ka genyen ak afilyasyon kote li pa kapab, ak jan fyè de travay ak konpetitè kòm Gates te nan kraze yo. Nan ti bout tan, li nan yon Microsoft ke mwen te ka konsidere ke yo te zanmi ak. Li pa ta ka sa ki move.

oblije chanje doulè

Bagay ki pi mal sou oblije chanje, li vire soti, se oblije chanje.

Mwen pa ap eseye gen totolojik. Men, èstime nan dezagreman an mwen te ki gen eksperyans aktyèlman fè chanjman sa a pa te nannan nan Windows, men li te swa vini sou paske nan diferans ki genyen ant sistèm yo opere de, oswa menm jis difikilte yo nan aktyèlman ap resevwa leve, li kouri nan yon jou.

Gen kèk nan pwoblèm sa yo se kòm senp, men Alòske rajan, kòm rakoursi klavye diferan. Yon lavi nan memwa nan misk di m 'ke Kòmandman-Espas pote moute dokiman Pwen Enpòtan, ki se yon fason prensipal la mwen louvri pwogram sou Mac mwen an. chemen kout a menm sou Windows 10 se tou senpleman frape kle nan fenèt, ki susit Cortana, Microsoft a lavil Ayi asistan, ak Lè sa a tape nan non an nan pwogram nan ou vle louvri.

fenèt 10 ekran
Se jis tout se konsa … ble. Foto: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Asymétrie menm jan an parèt nan zòn nan tankou jesyon fenèt, konpòtman alt-tab, ak enstalasyon pwogram. Li se yon pouse yo di ki se pi bon (si mwen kenbe ki kouri yon enstale ki pi piti a elegant pase jis trenen yon app nan folder nan Apps), men kèlkeswa sa ki w ap itilize yo, lòt la pral vin pi mal jiskaske ou re-edike tèt ou.

Sa a pa vle di mwen pa t 'gen anpil pote plent osijè de, menm si.

Sa dokiman Pwen Enpòtan / Cortana dezekilib, pou egzanp? Li pa ta gen te tèlman mal, eksepte ke Windows kat kle a alt nan kote a nan kle a lòd sou Macs, ak alt-espas se chemen kout nan Windows pou oblije chanje lang, so every time I failed to invoke Spotlight, I would accidentally switch the language my computer was set up in, resetting my keyboard to a US English layout.

That was an annoying problem. Worse was that I didn’t actually have two languages set up on the Surface Book in the first place. Men,, hovering in the bottom right, permanently, was a little box showing whether I was running in UK English or US English, with no option in sight to remove it.

In the end, I had to turn to Twitter for troubleshooting advice. We determined that there was no option to remove the US English language because there was no US English language set up. So to remove it, all I had to do was go into a language menu, add English (Etazini) as an option, and then remove English (Etazini) as an option. I know. But it worked, so who am I to complain.

Mwen menm tou byen fèm konnen ke yon je kritik sou Mac OS pral revele anpil pinèz menm jan an. Mac itilizatè, Alontèm patikilyèman, yon ti kras amèr, Mac itilizatè, gen tan vin abitye ak ri nan kre ak invoké a erstwhile eslogan maketing Apple la "Li jis ap travay" kòm yon bagay insistans kontinye ap pa Jis Travay. an reyalite, li te ke fraz te esplike nan ironi anpil fwa ke li nan fasil bliye ke li vrèman soti nan yon kote nan avantaj konpetitif pou Apple.

te Sa avantaj lajman te érodée sou ane yo, kòm Microsoft te cottoned sou bonheur yo nan entegrasyon vètikal, ploge ak jwe Pwodwi pou Telefòn, ak estanda-konfòme konpòtman.

Men, pa totalman. Rakorde nan yon sourit ekstèn (yon Microsoft yo ki te fèt sourit nèt estanda lazè), Mwen te énervé ke ou jwenn ke mwen pa t 'kapab ranvèse konpòtman an defile sou volan an woulo liv matche ak sa yo ki an trakpad a nan-bati. Li nan yon sèl bagay yo gen reaprandr konpòtman lè ou chanje machin, li nan yon lòt ale nan gen re-aprann yo chak fwa ou ploge nan yon periferik.

Sou yon èdtan nan jan rezilta Googling pita - ki gen ladan plizyè sijesyon yo enstale sèvis piblik demode, Hack rejis la, oswa woule tounen nan yon vèsyon pi bonè nan Windows - ak mwen te dekouvri wout la nan fè sa m 'te vle. Mwen te oblije download chofè pou sourit mwen.

Steve Travay ak MacBook a
Li jis ap travay ... Steve Travay ak Pro a MacBook nan 2008. Foto: Justin Sullivan / Geti Images

Si ou se jenn, yon itilizatè Mac, oswa patikilyèman pa teknik, ki pa ta ka vle di anpil. Drivers are the small pieces of software that tell the operating system how to work with hardware, from complex components like graphics cards to simple accessories like this mouse. But the necessity, oswa ou pa, of drivers for accessories was a big part of that competitive push by Apple, which made a point of ensuring out-of-the-box support for many of the most commonly used peripherals like printers, cameras and mice. When Steve Jobs said “it just works”, this is the sort of thing he was referring to: the ability to plug in a mouse and have it Just Work.

Installing drivers for a mouse to enable a niche behaviour is no great hardship, but it still left me moderately concerned. Microsoft made both the mouse and the laptop, yet the two weren’t able to play nicely together without my intervention. This digging in the nuts and bolts of the machine was not something I had missed.

Touching the void

The Microsoft of 2016 has a split personality. Nan plizyè fason, the split is the same that it’s had for the past 20 ane, between its desire for continuity and its desire for reinvention and technological leadership. Where the company is successful today is where that latter desire is ascendant, and the Surface Book is the best example of a forward-looking Microsoft you can find.

It’s a fantastic machine. Small and powerful, with a long battery life, it impresses as a laptop, but its real strengths are revealed when you undock the screen from its base. Being able to carry my laptop around the kitchen when doing the weekly shop, before docking it back and typing up some recipes, was genuinely cool.

Not being an illustrator, a graphic designer, or even a graphic thinker, the ability to pop out my laptop and write on it with a (very accurate) stylus was never that useful.
Not being an illustrator, a graphic designer, or even a graphic thinker, the ability to pop out my laptop and write on it with a stylus was never that useful. Foto: Samyèl Gibbs pou moun ki responsab la

Malerezman, cool is all it was for me. The ability to pop out my laptop and write on it with a (very accurate) stylus was never that useful. If anything, it served to underscore how efficient the keyboard-and-touchpad combo is for a lot of hefty tasks.

I had a similar experience with the ability to use the touchscreen while the Surface Book was in laptop mode. I simply didn’t do it much, and most of the time when I did, it was just to see if I could.

Occasionally, the touchscreen was actively bad. My first time opening Windows Mail, I was greeted with a helpful popover showing that I could swipe mails to the left to archive them. But I couldn’t work out how: click and drag? Two-fingered swipe on the touchpad? Repons lan, nan kou, is to reach up to the screen, and swipe that way. A shortcut it is not, particularly if the screen is up on a dock and you’re already using a keyboard and mouse.

Dmeran, unlike many hybrid laptops, the base isn’t just a keyboard: it also contains a second battery, and a number of hardware components including a discrete GPU. (One downside of that setup: if you let the screen run out of battery while undocked, you can’t re-dock it until you’ve charged it separately, even if the base still has some power left).

PCs are from Mars

If this sounds like a long list of nitpicks, it’s because … byen, it is. For all the existential battles that have been fought over Windows versus Mac, there’s little to distinguish the two on any important level. The platforms have converged on everything but aesthetics and personal preferences. Both have a locked-down store which power users ignore; both are fighting for relevance in a world of web apps and mobile-first design; both feel the weight of versions past sitting on their shoulders.

If you asked me to explain why, despite it all, I’ve put my money down for a MacBook Pro rather than buying the Surface Book from Microsoft (which loaned the device for this trial), I can give you some reasons that feel solid enough for me.

I was shocked by the amount of advertising and cross-promotion riddled throughout the OS, from adverts for apps in the start menu, to a persistent pop-up offering a free trial of Office 365.

I was surprised by the paucity of solid third-party apps in general, and particularly by the lack of any good consumer productivity suite. When the most common recommendation, for services from photo storage to calendaring, is “just use Google’s web apps”, there’s a hole waiting to be filled (though maybe that’s just my dislike of web apps in general). It feels like the Mac dev scene is full of teams making fully featured apps that compete with the big companies, while Windows devs are more content to make niche utilities which serve particular needs without needing to start a war.

people using the new MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro is up to £1,000 more expensive than the Surface Book. Foto: Dominic Lipinski/PA

I disliked the lack of a smart sleep mode, meaning my computer would often be flat when I opened it up in the morning because some utility had been running in the background.

I hated the difficulty in typing special characters, from foreign accents to ellipses and em-dashes. I hated the lack of a universal paste-as-plain-text shortcut, and I mourned the loss of iMessage access on the desktop for texting my girlfriend.

Most of all, menm si, I couldn’t stand the small irritations, from the failure of Chrome windows to correctly adapt when dragged from a high-res screen to a low-res one, to the trackpad’s inability to accurately click when I used it with my thumb rather than my finger.

I don’t pretend that those irritations are unique to Windows, or even that they aren’t things I couldn’t have fixed with time, effort or re-education. But the problem is, fixing them isn’t worth it: the difference just isn’t there.

That’s true whichever way you’re thinking of switching. If you’re a Windows user nodding along with my problems, I can guarantee you that within a month of switching to Mac, you’ll have a list just as long. Maybe one day, one or other platform will have a commanding lead. For some use-cases, that’s already happened: gamers have Windows, while iOS developers have Mac, to state two obvious examples. Men, pou kounye, for the vast majority, it’s hard to say there’s anything in it.

Except, nan kou, for price.

Because these problems are minor, and a price difference of up to £1,000 isn’t. The Surface Book is around the same price as the new MacBook Pro, but many other high-quality laptops aren’t: you’ll easily find models like Dell’s XPS range or Lenovo’s Thinkpads for hundreds of pounds less than a comparably-specced MacBook.

Pou m ', with four years of saving for a new Mac, good credit, and risk-aversion to digital irritation, it’s worth paying through the nose to stick with what I know. But it might not be the case for you.

Switching isn’t a panacea, and there’s no silver bullet out there – no Windows computer that will be anything better than a bit annoying for former Mac users – but before you get too complacent, I have a feeling the same is true the other way round. Alafen, the question comes down to how much you’re prepared to pay to keep things the same as they have been. Pou m ', it turns out that figure’s quite high.

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