Switching back to PC for good?

My MacBook Pro has gone into service. It’s close to 5 years old now and has been prompting me to get the battery replaced for sometime now. It’s an expensive replacement but it’s Apple. What else can you expect? 

Nonetheless, the situation forced me to look for a replacement laptop. My office inventory didn’t have any except a few older models that I really can’t afford to waste time with. Those Dell Latitude models just suck. (Sorry, Dell!) They’re a pain to operate and test your patience to the core. I have zero tolerance for both when it comes to laptops. My whole damn work depends on it! 

Anyway, I bought this new Lenovo ultrabook during my most recent travel and it’s fantastic! In fact, I’m typing on it right now. The keyboard’s so good to work with! And not just that, the overall performance is so much better than the older days when I used to work on Windows machines (and then out of frustration I switched to Linux!). 

I’ve got a few observations after having used this new machine for a week now: 

1. The PC vs Mac argument is moot. Both OSes have their own pros and cons. Right now, it’s just a matter of personal preference. PC has an advantage to giving you the maximum bang for the buck. I’m using a machine that’s specs match my current MacBook pro for 1/3 the price! Would you not rather maximize your money? 
2. Is Apple a technology company or a luxury brand? The obvious answer is both. And the luxury factor has gotten onto my subconscious now… I’m hesitant to buy that 16 inch MacBook Pro despite that it’s so good! But that’s relative to the next big thing one of the PC manufacturers would come up with in a matter of months. 
3. I ditched the iPhone last year and have never looked back. It doesn’t make any sense to shell out that much money for something I can get for cheap or perhaps get way much more for the same price if I just look elsewhere. I get the feeling that the MacBooks just may be heading in that territory. 
4. They say MacBooks are for creatives… really? What about the creative folks who are using a PC? Are they any less creative? You and I know the answer to that. 

So, right now, I’m enjoying my time with this new machine. And if you’re a hardcore Mac fan, I highly encourage you to look around and try out one of these new Windows PCs. Trust me, after having used the Mac for more than 10 years now, you would be amazed. 

P.S. By the way, the boot times are less than 10 seconds. Just like the mac.
P.P.S. And I don’t shutdown my laptop. Just flip the screen down like I’m so used to with my mac. 
P.P.P.S. The above two post-scripts are for non-creatives like me… 😉 

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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