Ọ bụ Time na-gbanwee gị Mac maka a Windows laptọọpụ?

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

N'ime afọ iri gara aga Alex Hern Switched si PC ka Mac na mgbe ese edem. Ma ọhụrụ MacBook Pro si dị nnọọ oké ọnụ otú ahụ nwere ike o mesịrị a nwaa ka ịgbanwee ọzọ?


Kwadoro site na Guardian.co.ukIsiokwu a na-akpọ “Ọ bụ oge na-gbanwee gị Mac maka a Windows laptọọpụ?” e dere site Alex Hern, n'ihi na theguardian.com on Saturday 7th January 2017 08.00 UTC

M na ihe Apple ọrụ maka ihe karịrị afọ iri, kemgbe m ekemende a refurbished 17in PowerBook azụ na 2005 dochie m arịa ọrịa Windows XP igbe. Ma ikpeazụ nke ọnwa, mgbe Apple mara ọkwa ya kasị oké ọnụ ọhụrụ MacBook Uru na ọ fọrọ nke nta 15 afọ, M Reconsidered na mkpebi m nke mbụ na, n'ihi na n'oge gara aga izu ole na ole, M na azụ a Windows PC.

M bụ bụghị mgbe niile a Mac ọrụ. My atọ mbu kọmputa ndị PC, ọ bụ ezie na ụlọ Etoro m nwere na-enye nsogbu, asị Power Mac Performa. My ihe mere ịmafe m na-eto nọ pụtara dị mfe: M e-akpọ ole na ole na PC egwuregwu, na imefu amụba ichekwa oge site na iji kọmputa m jikwaa music Ọbá akwụkwọ jikọrọ m iPod. M otu n'ime ndị na switchers, -idem nghọta nke Apple si music ọkpụkpọ na kwenyere na-eruda n'ime ha zuru desktọọpụ sistemụ.

The laptọọpụ bụ ọnụ ala, ma o mere ka shuttling n'etiti m kewapụta nne na nna ụlọ nnọọ mfe. Ma mgbe m na Agbaghara inwe ike ịdị na-egwu zuru n'ọbá akwụkwọ nke PC egwuregwu na m wuru ihe karịrị afọ, ọ bụ ihe na-akpali akpali oge na-akpụ akpụ na Mac OS ụwa. Ọzọ, World nke Warcraft bụ cross-usoro ụzọ, nke bụ niile Ịgba Cha Cha m mkpa maka ezi mgbe.

Afọ iri na, Na na na a pụtara ndabere Apple ọrụ. Ana m isii iPhone, nke abụọ iPad na-atọ Mac; M nwere Apple TV n'ụlọ, Apple ewere keyboard on my desktọọpụ, na ọbụna ihe Apple AA batrị chaja, site na ụbọchị mgbe ha mere ka ha.

Ma ejima punches nke a Brexit-edu depreciation nke pound, na Apple atọhapụ a ọhụrụ nso nke MacBook Uru na ọ dịghị ihe ọzọ Bang na-your-Akon na-adịbeghị anya ebe nchekwa, mere ka m eche echiche ugboro abụọ. Ndị dị ọnụ ala Mac na ga-ezu m mkpa m, a 13in MacBook Pro na 512GB nke ohere nchekwa na 16GB nke ebule, -abịa na mgbe ihe karịrị £ 2,000, ma siri nnọọ ike karịa na akụrụngwa na ọ na-dochie, a 15in retina MacBook Pro si afọ anọ gara aga na-eri nanị ihe karịrị £ 1,500 n'oge.

N'ihi ya, m Switched azụ. N'ihi na n'oge gara aga ọnwa, M na a na-eji elu Book, n'elu-nke na-akara na laptọọpụ ere site, mmadụ niile, Microsoft.

Ọ na-a ahụmahụ.

Great-nwoke na-atụ anya

Microsoft Mkpa Book
Microsoft Mkpa Book Foto: Samuel Gibbs maka Guardian

My atụ anya na-aga na ndị na-ejighị n'aka. Amaara m na Windows emewo, ghọrọ usoro radically ebe ọ bụ na m ikpeazụ ji ya, azụ ke XP oge, na ọbụna gbanwere kemgbe oge ikpeazụ m ji ya na iwe, esisịt ini ke mwepụta nke Windows 8.1. Nke ugbu a ọhụrụ version nke sistemụ arụmọrụ, Windows 10 (confusingly, naanị otu version e mesịrị ka 8.1; akụkọ na-aga na ọtụtụ mmepe dere koodu na-ezo aka Windows 95 na 98 dị ka "9 *", nke pụtara n'ezie Windows 9 ga-tiekwa ndakọrịta), ókè e weere dị mma. Ọ meshes ọhụrụ Windows ahụmahụ nke version 8 na otu agadi-style desktọọpụ ọzọ elegantly karịa gara aga nsụgharị, mgbe consigning mgbe ọzọ nke cruft miri n'ime kpara akwụ menus na àjà a na-achọ igwu ahụmahụ na mbụ oge ọrụ.

M na-nyere olileanya site na igwe. Mgbe otu ihere mmalite nke mbụ version nke elu azụ na 2012, mgbe ahụ ulo-ikwū-dị ka ihe iPad osompi, Microsoft na-otu n'ime ndị kasị mma na-emepụta nke Windows PC e nwere. The Mkpa Book bụ a na-atọ ụtọ igwe, masquerading dị ka a MacBook Pro-klas laptọọpụ ma na a n'ụzọ zuru ezu kemwepu touchscreen na-emepe ya aka a dum ọhụrụ nso nke ojiji.

Àgwà nke Mkpa ígwè ọrụ ewetawo nsogbu mgbe ọ na-abịa Microsoft si mmekọrịta na ya ngwaike mmekọ, onye yiri ka o na-atụ anya Microsoft inwe afọ ojuju raking na ọtụtụ nde na ikikere ụgwọ maka Windows, kama sọọ mpi na ha kpọmkwem n'ihi uru site ngwaike n'ichepụta. Ma n'ihi na ugbu, ụlọ ọrụ a ọdịnaya na-anọdụ ala na ihu ahịa, eme niche ngwaọrụ maka ike ọrụ.

N'agbanyeghị ihe niile na, M nwere a ngosi ego nke ụjọ. Echeta nke-acha anụnụ anụnụ na i meziri nke ọnwụ, nke ọkwọ ụgbọala esemokwu, nke nhicha m ndekọ na Iweghachi usoro mgbe a malware ibute ọrịa, na-esi ike ịma jijiji, dị ka bụ n'ozuzu mmanya na-egbu m site na nwata nke Microsoft dị ka Ukwu Satan nke tech ụwa. Dị ka Zuckerberg bụ na 2010s, Ọnụ ụzọ ámá bụ 1990s: mgbe-ugbu, professionally amoral, na incredibly, unflappably, ihe ịga nke ọma.

Ma Gates na-arahụ, dị ka bụ Ballmer. Nke a bụ Satya Nadella si ụlọ ọrụ ugbu a, na Microsoft ọgbọ a bụ ihe niile na Microsoft nke 90s - ma ọ bụ na Facebook nke taa - na-adịghị: umeala n'obi, jụụ, ọdịnaya na ihe ịga nke ọma ebe ọ na ike imeri na mmekọrịta ebe ọ na-agaghị, na dị ka mpako nke na-arụ ọrụ na ndị asọmpi dị ka Gates bụ nke ndinuak ha. Na mpempe, ọ bụ a Microsoft na m nwere ike-atụle ịbụ enyi. Ọ pụrụ ịbụ na ihe ọjọọ.

ịmafe mgbu

Ihe kacha njọ banyere ịmafe, ọ na-enyo, bụ ịmafe.

M na ọ bụghị na-agbalị ịbụ tautological. Ma ndị nnukwu nke ọnọdụ ọjọọ m na ahụmahụ n'ezie ime mgbanwe a bụghị pụta ụwa ka Windows, ma ka ma bịa banyere n'ihi ọdịiche dị n'etiti abụọ sistem, ma ọ bụ ọbụna dị nnọọ na ihe isi ike na n'ezie na-ebili ma na-agba ọsọ site n'ụbọchị otu.

Ụfọdụ n'ime nsogbu ndị ka dị mfe, ma o sina infuriating, dị ka dị iche iche keyboard Ụzọ mkpirisi. A ndụ nke muscle ebe nchekwa gwara m na Command-Space-eweta elu Chakwasa ihie, nke bụ isi ụzọ m meghere mmemme na m Mac. Otu shortcut on Windows 10 bụ nanị see Windows isi, nke invokes Cortana, Microsoft na Ai nnyemaaka, mgbe ahụ dee ke aha nke ihe omume ị chọrọ na-emeghe.

windows 10 ihuenyo
Ọ bụ naanị ihe niile nke mere … acha anụnụ anụnụ. Foto: Shannon Stapleton / REUTERS

Yiri mismatches-egosi na ebe dị ka window management, alt-tab omume, na usoro ihe omume echichi. Ọ bụ a push ikwu nke dị mma (ezie na m na-enwe na-agba ọsọ na-installer bụ obere mara karịrị nnọọ adọkpụpụta na ngwa n'ime Apps nchekwa), ma bụla ị na-eji na-, nke ọzọ ga-adị njọ ruo mgbe i re-ihe ọmụma n'onwe gị.

Na nke ahụ abụghị na-ekwu enweghị m ọtụtụ mkpesa banyere, ezie na.

Na Chakwasa ihie / Cortana mismatch, dị ka ọmụmaatụ? Ọ agaraghị njọ, ma e wezụga na Windows map ahụ alt isi ihe na-na ọnọdụ nke iwu isi na Macs, na alt-ohere bụ Windows shortcut maka ịmafe asụsụ, otú ọ bụla m na-emeghị akpọkukwa Chakwasa ihie, M ga mmadụ na mberede ịgbanwee asụsụ kọmputa m e guzobere, resetting m keyboard ka a US English okirikiri nhọrọ ukwuu.

Nke ahụ bụ ihe manụ nsogbu. Ka njọ bụ na emeghị m ka n'ezie nwere asụsụ abụọ melite n'elu Book ke akpa itie. ma, echere anyị ala n'aka nri, kpamkpam, e obere igbe na-egosi ma m na-agba ọsọ na UK English ma ọ bụ US English, na-enweghị nhọrọ ke n'anya ewepụ ya.

N'ikpeazụ, M nwere na-atụgharị Twitter maka nchọpụta nsogbu ndụmọdụ. Anyị kpebisiri ike na ọ dịghị nhọrọ iwepu US English asụsụ n'ihi na ọ dịghị US English asụsụ melite. Ya mere, wepụ ya, niile m ga-eme bụ na-aga n'ime a asụsụ menu, tinye English (United States) dị ka otu nhọrọ, wee wepụ English (United States) dị ka otu nhọrọ. ama m. Ma, ọ rụrụ ọrụ, otú ònye ka m na-eme mkpesa.

M na-eguzosi maara na a pụrụ iche anya na Mac OS ga-ekpughe ọtụtụ ndị yiri chinchi. Mac ọrụ, karịsịa ogologo oge, ubé jaundiced, Mac ọrụ, ogologo-aghọ maara na oghere ochi na ịkpọku ndị Apple si erstwhile ahịa slogan "Ọ ga-arụ ọrụ" dị ka ihe na-ekwusi ike na-aga n'ihu ghara Dị nnọọ Ọrụ. N'ezie, nkebi ahịrịokwu ahụ e kpere na asusu ọtụtụ ugboro na ọ dị mfe ichefu na ihe dị na-abịa site na ebe asọmpi uru n'ihi na Apple.

Na uru ka dị n'ụzọ dị ukwuu e eroded karịrị afọ, dị ka Microsoft na-cottoned on gaa n'ọṅụ nke vetikal mwekota, ikwunye ma kpọọ ngwa, na ụkpụrụ-Dabara omume.

Ma ọ bụghị kpamkpam. Ịkwụnye na mpụga òké (an utterly standard Microsoft-made laser mouse), I was annoyed to find that I couldn’t reverse the scrolling behaviour on the scroll wheel to match that of the in-built trackpad. It’s one thing to have to relearn behaviours when you switch machines, it’s another to have to re-learn them every time you plug in a peripheral.

About an hour of fruitless Googling later – including several suggestions to install obsolete utilities, hack the registry, or roll back to an earlier version of Windows – and I discovered the way to do what I wanted. I had to download drivers for my mouse.

Steve Jobs with the MacBook
It just works … Steve Jobs with the MacBook Pro in 2008. Foto: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

If you’re young, a Mac user, or not particularly technical, that might not mean much. Ọkwọ ụgbọala bụ obere iberibe software na-agwa ndị na sistemụ otú arụ ọrụ na ngwaike, si mgbagwoju components dị ka ndịna-emeputa kaadị na mfe ngwa dị ka nke a òké. Ma mkpà, ma ọ bụ ọ bụghị, nke ọkwọ ụgbọala maka ngwa bụ nnukwu akụkụ nke na asọmpi push site Apple, bụ nke mere ka a n'ókè nke huu si-nke-na-igbe nkwado maka ọtụtụ ndị akacha eji peripherals dị ka na-ebi akwụkwọ, ese foto na ụmụ oke. Mgbe Steve Jobs kwuru "ọ ga-arụ ọrụ", nke a bụ ụdị ihe ọ na-ekwu: ike ikwunye na a òké na nwere ya Dị nnọọ Ọrụ.

Wụnye ọkwọ ụgbọala maka a òké aka a niche omume nweghị oké ihe isi ike, ma ọ ka hapụrụ m moderately nchegbu. Microsoft mere ma na òké na laptọọpụ, ma na abụọ ndị a agaghị enwe ike igwu egwu omume ọma ọnụ na-enweghị m aka. Nke a igwu ala na mkpụrụ na bolts nke igwe bụghị ihe m Agbaghara.

Ibitụ chakoo

The Microsoft nke 2016 nwere a gbawara n'etiti àgwà. N'ọtụtụ ụzọ, ndị gbawara n'etiti bụ otu ihe ahụ na ọ na-ama maka gara aga 20 afọ, n'etiti ọchịchọ ya maka continuity na ọchịchọ ya maka reinvention na nkà na ụzụ na-edu ndú. Ebe ụlọ ọrụ ahụ bụ ihe ịga nke ọma taa bụ ebe na ikpeazụ chọrọ bụ ascendant, na Ndị Ka Mkpa Book bụ ihe atụ kasịnụ nke a na-atụ-na-achọ Microsoft i nwere ike ịhụ.

Ọ bụ a kediegwu igwe. Obere ma dị ike, na a ogologo ndụ batrị, ọ masịrị dị ka a na laptọọpụ, ma ya n'ezie ma eme na-ekpughere mgbe ị undock ihuenyo site na ya siruru. Inwe ike na-ebu m na laptọọpụ gburugburu na kichin mgbe na-eme kwa izu shop, tupu docking ya azụ na iji kọmputa ede ụfọdụ Ezi ntụziaka, ezi jụụ.

Ọ bụghị ịbụ onye illustrator, a graphic mmebe, ma ọ bụ ọbụna a graphic thinker, ike gbapụta si m na laptọọpụ ma na-ede na ya a (kụụrụ) mkpịsị dịghị mgbe ahụ bara uru.
Ọ bụghị ịbụ onye illustrator, a graphic mmebe, ma ọ bụ ọbụna a graphic thinker, ike gbapụta si m na laptọọpụ ma na-ede na ya a mkpịsị dịghị mgbe ahụ bara uru. Foto: Samuel Gibbs maka Guardian

O di nwute na, jụụ bụ niile na ọ bụ n'ihi na m. The ike gbapụta si m na laptọọpụ ma na-ede na ya a (kụụrụ) mkpịsị dịghị mgbe ahụ bara uru. Ọ bụrụ na ihe ọ bụla, ọ na-eje ozi na-emesi otú ịrụ ọrụ nke ọma na keyboard-and-touchpad ngwakọta bụ n'ihi na a otutu hefty ihe aga-eme.

M nwere ahụmahụ yiri nke nwere ikike eji touchscreen mgbe Mkpa Book bụ na laptọọpụ mode. M nnọọ emeghị ya ukwuu, na ọtụtụ mgbe mgbe m mere, 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? Azịza, n'ezie, 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.

Itunanya, 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 … ọma, 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, ezie na, 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. Ma n'ihi na ugbu, for the vast majority, it’s hard to say there’s anything in it.

Except, n'ezie, 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.

Maka 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. Mee elu mee ala, the question comes down to how much you’re prepared to pay to keep things the same as they have been. Maka m, it turns out that figure’s quite high.

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