Je to čas Swap vášho počítača Mac pre notebook Windows?

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

Viac ako desiatimi rokmi Alex Hern prešiel z PC na Mac a nikdy sa obzrel. Ale nový MacBook Pro je veľmi drahé, takže by mohol nakoniec byť v pokušení znova prepnúť?


Beží na guardian.co.ukTento článok s názvom “Je čas vymeniť váš Mac pre notebook Windows?” napísal Alex Hern, Pre theguardian.com v sobotu 7. januára 2017 08.00 UTC

Bol som obyčajného užívateľa Apple viac ako desať rokov, Od tej doby som zdvihol renovovať 17in PowerBook späť 2005 nahradiť môj chorého box pre systém Windows XP. Ale minulý mesiac, potom, čo Apple oznámil svoje najdrahšie novej MacBook Pro takmer 15 leta, prehodnotiť som rozhodnutie prvýkrát a, V posledných niekoľkých týždňoch, Bol som späť na Windows PC.

Nebol som vždy užívateľ Mac. Moje prvé tri boli počítače PC, aj keď dom som vyrástol v nemal chorľavejúcu, Nenávidel Power Mac Performa. Moje dôvody pre spínanie v mojom dospievania boli celkom jednoduché: Som bol hrať menej a menej počítačových hier, a trávia čoraz väčšie množstvo času používanie počítača pre správu hudobnej knižnice spojené s môj iPod. Bol som jedným z tých prepínačov, prekvapený eleganciou Apple hudobného prehrávača a presvedčil sa ponoriť do svojho operačného systému na plný pracovný plochy.

Prenosný počítač nebol lacný, ale to robilo pendluje medzi domami Moje oddelené rodičov oveľa jednoduchšie. A zatiaľ čo som vynechal budú môcť hrať plnú knižnicu počítačových hier som vybudoval v priebehu rokov, bolo to vzrušujúce doba sa pohybuje na svete Mac OS. Viac, World of Warcraft bol cross-platform, ktorý bol celý herný Aj potrebná pre dobrú chvíľu.

O desať rokov neskôr, Som celkom východiskové užívateľské Apple. Som na šiestom iPhone, Druhý iPad a tretí Mac; Mám Apple TV doma, Apple značkové klávesnica na mojom desktope, a dokonca aj nabíjačka Apple AA, z čias, keď oni robili im.

Ale dvojčatá údery hotelového Brexit-viedol znehodnoteniu libry, a Apple vydáva novú radu MacBook Pro s najmenej bang-for-your-dolár v nedávnej pamäti, ma premýšľať dvakrát. Najlacnejšie Mac, ktoré by bolo dostatočné pre moje potreby, 13in MacBook Pro s 512 GB úložného priestoru a 16 GB pamäte RAM, príde na viac ako £ 2.000, napriek tomu je ťažko silnejšie ako stroj je to nahrádzajúci, 15in sietnice MacBook Pro z doby pred štyrmi rokmi, ktorý stojí len niečo málo cez £ 1500 v tej dobe.

Tak som prešiel späť. Za posledný mesiac, Bol som s použitím povrchová Book, top-of-the-line laptop predaný, Zo všetkých ľudí, Microsoft.

Bol to zážitok.

Pra-ish očakávania

Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

Moje očakávania idú boli neisté. Viem, že Windows sa vyvinul radikálne, čo som naposledy použil, späť do XP dobe, a dokonca zmenili od poslednej doby použil som ho v hneve, krátko po začatí Windows 8.1. Súčasná najnovšia verzia operačného systému, Windows 10 (zmätene, iba jedna verzia najneskôr 8.1; Rozpráva sa, že príliš mnoho vývojárov napísal kód s odkazom na Windows 95 a 98 ako "9 *", znamenať skutočný Windows 9 zlomí kompatibilitu), je všeobecne považovaný za dobrú vec. To oka, nové skúsenosti Windows verzie 8 s ploche starého štýlu elegantnejšie než predchádzajúce verzie, zatiaľ čo poslalo stále viac cruft hlboko do vnorených menu a ponúka hladkú zážitok pre používateľov začiatočníkov.

Bol som tiež dáva nádej na stroji. Po trápne štart s prvou verziou povrchu späť do 2012, potom hodil ako iPad konkurenta, Microsoft sa stal jedným z najlepších výrobcov PC Windows existuje. The Surface Kniha je vynikajúci stroj, maskujúce sa ako MacBook Pro triedy notebooku, ale s plne odnímateľným dotykovým displejom, ktorý otvára na úplne novú škálu použitia.

Kvalita povrchu strojov spôsobilo problémy, pokiaľ ide o vzťahy Microsoftu s jeho hardvérových partnerov smerom, ktorí skôr očakávať, že Microsoft sa uspokojiť hrabanie v miliónoch s licenčné poplatky pre Windows, skôr než súťažiť priamo s nimi za účelom dosiahnutia zisku z hardware výroby. ale teraz, spoločnosť bola obsah sedieť na okraji trhu, Vďaka špecializované zariadenie pre užívateľov sily.

Cez to všetko, Mal som slušné množstvo nervozitou. Spomienky na modrej obrazovky smrti, konfliktov vodiča, čistenie na môj registra a obnovenie systému po napadnutí malwarom, sú ťažko sa triasť, ako je všeobecne kocovina z mladosti Microsoftu ako Veľkého Satana v technickom svete. Ako Zuckerberg je 2010s, Gates bol na 1990: všadeprítomný, profesionálne amorálne, a neuveriteľne, unflappably, úspešný.

Ale Gates je preč, ako je Ballmer. To je Satya Nadella je spoločnosť teraz, a Microsoft tejto generácie je všetko, čo Microsoft zo 90. rokov - alebo Facebook dneška - nie je: pokorný, tichý, spokojný s úspechom, kde môže vyhrať a partnerstva, kde nemožno, a ako je hrdý na svoju prácu s konkurentmi, ako Gates bol ich drvenie. Stručne povedané, to je Microsoft, že by som mohol uvažovať o bytí priateľmi. Mohlo by to byť tak zlé.

spínacie bolesti

Najhoršia vec, o prepínanie, ukázalo sa, je prevádzkovo.

Nesnažím sa byť tautologické. Ale prevažná časť nepríjemnosť Zažil som vlastne robiť táto zmena nebola tkvejúcich v systéme Windows, ale buď tak preto, že rozdiely medzi týmito dvoma operačnými systémami, alebo dokonca len problémy pri skutočne dostať hore a beží od prvého dňa.

Niektoré z problémov je, ako jednoduché, ale napriek tomu k hnevu, ako rôzne klávesové skratky. Celoživotné svalovej pamäte mi povedal, že Command-Space vychová Spotlight, čo je hlavný spôsob, ako som otvoril programy na mojom počítači Mac. Rovnaký zástupcu na Windows 10 je jednoducho stlačte klávesu Windows, which invokes Cortana, Microsoft’s AI assistant, and then typing in the name of the programme you want to open.

windows 10 plátno
It’s just all so … modrý. Fotografie: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS

Similar mismatches appear in areas like window management, alt-tab behaviour, and programme installation. It’s a push to say which is better (though I maintain that running an installer is less elegant than just dragging an app into the Apps folder), but whichever you’re used to, the other will be worse until you re-educate yourself.

That’s not to say I didn’t have plenty to complain about, hoci.

That Spotlight/Cortana mismatch, napríklad? It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Windows maps the alt key to the location of the command key on Macs, and alt-space is the Windows shortcut for switching languages, 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. A aj tak, 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 (Spojené štáty) as an option, and then remove English (Spojené štáty) as an option. I know. But it worked, so who am I to complain.

I’m also firmly aware that a critical eye on Mac OS will reveal many similar bugs. Mac users, particularly long-term, slightly jaundiced, Mac users, have long become familiar with the hollow laugh and invocation of Apple’s erstwhile marketing slogan “It Just Works” as something emphatically continues to not Just Work. V skutočnosti, that phrase has been uttered in irony so many times that it’s easy to forget that it really does come from a place of competitive advantage for Apple.

That advantage has largely been eroded over the years, as Microsoft has cottoned on to the joys of vertical integration, plug and play accessories, and standards-compliant behaviour.

But not entirely. Plugging in an external mouse (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. Fotografie: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

If you’re young, a Mac user, or not particularly technical, that might not mean much. 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, alebo nie, 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. V mnohých ohľadoch, the split is the same that it’s had for the past 20 leta, 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. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

Nanešťastie, 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? The answer, samozrejme, 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.

Incidentally, 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 … dobre, 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. Fotografie: 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, hoci, 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. ale teraz, for the vast majority, it’s hard to say there’s anything in it.

Except, samozrejme, 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.

Pre mňa, 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. Ultimately, the question comes down to how much you’re prepared to pay to keep things the same as they have been. Pre mňa, it turns out that figure’s quite high.

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