I like to think of myself as platform agnostic--I use whatever works for me. What has worked for me for the past two decades is Apple hardware. Until recently, it was reliable, well built, and as they're great about legacy support for their older gear, felt like a good investment.
You'll note that I said 'until recently'.
The hardware still feels well made--I love the industrial design of my 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. But my work days, these past few years, have been plagued by graphics glitches, system freezes, vexing hardware slowdowns and, sometimes, my computer's outright refusal to turn on. I've had it in for multiple warranty check-ups, to no avail. I'm frustrated. This isn't the quality that I'm used to from Apple.
It's an issue that a lot of long time users have been raising. This along with the outrage over Apple's dragging users, kicking and screaming, into the future of charing/accessory ports, had me wondering if it was time to write about what the experience of a switching to Windows would be like for a longtime OSX user. PC World was down for the idea. So, here we are. Over the next couple of months, I'll explore a number of topics, such as how to choose a Windows laptop, finding replacements for Apple-only software, gaming, and whether or not I'll continue to use Windows after spending time using a Win10 laptop to do all of my work on (I'm currently typing this on a Surface Book--very slick.)
If you're interested in following along with my journey, you can check out the first instalment here.