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I’ll (probably) never leave Mac for PC as a writer. Here’s why.

First of all, this isn’t a post where I gush on Apple and trash on Windows. I’m a writer and I help others format and publish their own books too. I guess it’s safe to say I’m a moderate ‘apple fanboy’, I have all the apples in my basket as of now. At my day job, it’s Windows 10, and I’m fine with it and its limitations it poses.

I’m not a gamer, and I think that’s one of the reasons why a lot of people prefer Windows rigs. I get a pang of jealousy why people enjoy the Surface line of laptops too. Touch supported screen on a laptop? Under certain circumstances, that would absolutely be ideal. How often have I considered how amazing it would be to grab an Apple Pencil and edit a fine spot in an Affinity Photo project I’m working on (I create book covers using this software and it works wonders and is cheaper than Adobe Cloud by far). Alas, I’m stuck with the screen-limitations of my 2015 Macbook Air, and yet I still love it. When I’m home, I connect it to a keyboard and mouse and external HP 23.8 inch VH240a monitor and it feels like I have a full-blown desktop computer.

I use Vellum to output my books and have even updated books from my back catalog with it. Right now, Vellum is the one piece of indispensable software I use for all my formatting needs, and the needs of my clients. I use other programs that are also Mac only in order to tweak said books, and all of these chain me right now to the Mac.

So unless a MacBook Air becomes exorbitantly expensive beyond comprehension (3k plus in the future) I’ll stick with my MacBook Air experience and get the job done that needs doing. For almost everything else it wouldn’t be hard to imagine switching to Windows. Windows is great and has a lot more features for a lot less.

I know there’s an aesthetic division between which OS looks better. In my opinion, Mac OS X looks better than Windows ever will. But that being said, the functionality, customization and other potentials Windows offers are tempting and luring. Just not enough for me to switch anytime soon, if ever.

What about you?

2 Responses

  • Feb 29, 2020

    I started using a Macbook several years ago when I was taking a few app development classes. It seems odd but for me the trackpad on a mac is so good that whenever I use another laptop I’m immediately frustrated at the lack of gesture support. Seems like a small thing, but it makes a big difference in my workflow.

    Luke Rawlins Feb 29, 2020
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    • Feb 29, 2020

      A few friends of mine happen to be coders for apps and other kinds of program development and they all swear by Mac and specifically the use of X-Code. Apple gets a lot of bad press because of their typically high prices, but what I’ve noticed over the years is one laptop tends to last me 5-8 years perfectly well. It’s only when software gets upgraded or the motherboard begins to fail that I start rooting around the internet for a bargain on a used Mac.

      That all being said, the software is what fundamentally holds me in place with their products. I know Windows users who are die-hards tell me I don’t need those things, but they don’t do the same work I do. And as I said, I’m all for Windows machines in terms of functionality and capability and customization etc. Also, for me, the Magic Keyboard is just right for the amount of writing I end up doing every day. I find windows keyboards to be gummy and hard to press and that gets annoying. I prefer a lighter touch. I may have to do a whole blog post on my favorite keyboard and why…

      Thanks for chiming in.

      Scott Marmorstein Feb 29, 2020

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