It’s been six months since I switched from my Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop to my Macbook Air and I couldn’t be happier!
I have been a faithful Windows user for the past 10 years, but started getting annoyed with all the viruses and lack of ‘coolness’ provided by my laptop – a very real thing when it comes to being an entrepreneur – you can’t step out to a coffee shop with a Windows laptop, it’s got to be an Apple!
Or so I kept telling myself and it was certainly part of the justification to buy the Macbook Air (I’m kidding, of course!).
But, it wasn’t just that (or was it?!), my 2.5-year-old Toshiba was getting slower and slower by the minute.
Why is it, that with every Windows machine I’ve ever used, the more you switch it off or restart it, the longer it takes to power up? I can remember getting to work (when I had a J.O.B.) at 7am in the morning, switching my computer on and then walking away to make a hot chocolate, coming back 1o minutes later to find that it was still loading up. And this was only after 1 year.
In comparison, my Macbook Air fires up immediately, whether it’s been having a nice sleep or it’s been shut down, it is almost instantaneous. And it has been like that since I purchased it six months ago.
[Update: 3 years later, it still does the same thing! I love it!]
If someone can answer this riddle for me, I would love to know – what makes Windows so slow after a good 12 months?
But enough of all the questions! What I really want to talk to you about in this post is how different my life has been since ‘converting’ to Apple, because it’s not just my laptop, I have an iPad and an iPhone and I absolutely LOVE how they all talk to each other and make my life easier!
My Top 7 ‘Loves’ For My Macbook Air
As a writer, and someone who is going to write even more, using Scrivener on my Macbook Air is a completely different experience. Everything is easier, compiling for Kindle and other ebook extensions can be completed with a click of a button and I love that it can create a clickable table of contents – something not possible in the Windows version.
I love this, the Window’s equivalent is Window’s Explorer. What I love about Finder is that it doesn’t just search documents, but it searches EVERYTHING and that includes your emails. It really does ‘find’ everything!
The apps available are designed to make my life easier because the apps that I love on my iPad are also available on my Macbook, which makes syncing a breeze. My top fave apps are Evernote, Pocket, Kindle and Pinterest – I use these 4 apps on a regular basis across all three devices – they are always in sync!
I love how light and thin my Macbook Air is. In comparison, my Toshiba Laptop is a good 5-7 inches thicker and weighs almost 2kgs on its own! Can you believe that I travelled to Canada and the UK lugging that thing around?! Now, I can carry my Macbook Air in my carry on luggage and not worry that it’s going to send me over the weight limit, not to mention cause a ‘dead arm’ scenario…
#5: Battery Life
The battery life on this machine is phenomenal! It does last the 12 hours that it purports it will. In comparison, after 2.5 years, my Toshiba Laptop would be lucky to last an hour without being plugged in. I love that I don’t have to take any cords with me when I’m heading out to coffee shops to write. It’s the ultimate – not having to worry about finding a power point to plug into!
I love the minimalism of the Macbook Air and OS X – I have moved my dock to the right-hand side and it is hidden unless I hover over that area to bring it up. I never had that option on my Toshiba, running Windows 7. The toolbar always got in the way and if you did choose to hide it, it would always pop up in the most annoying way, right in the middle of doing something!
The touchpad also deserves a mention – it did take me a little to get used to it, but once I did, I was sold. I love scrolling and moving around my screen quickly with just a few finger swipes – the sorry excuse for a touchpad on my Toshiba was clunky or super sensitive and it always got in the way when I was typing!
There are many more reasons why I love my Macbook Air, but I think you get the picture from these seven items.
Pet Peeves About My Macbook Air
However, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops. There are some things that annoy me about the Macbook Air that I wish Apple would look at changing, such as:
- Being able to delete files in Finder with the actual delete key! It's really annoying having to complete 2-3 keystrokes just to delete a file!
- Skype - it doesn't work as well on my Macbook, in fact, I can't even switch calls to go directly to voicemail, even though it's an option in preferences that I've chosen. If anyone has a better alternative to Skype that allows phone numbers and direct calling, let me know (remember, I'm outside of the US!)
- Keychain - this is the password saver. I've turned mine off, because it was super annoying and because I use multiple browsers, every time I open a browser that is not my default, Keychain wants to know if I will allow that browser access to all my passwords. And it pops up for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Annoying x 100!
As you can see, my annoyances are nothing compared to the benefits I receive. Now, I know that there are a lot of people who love Windows and the newer Ultrabooks, but for me, it’s Apple all the way.
I couldn’t live without my Macbook Air, how about you?