What Happens When a Die Hard Windows PC User Switches to Mac? - HotHardware
What Happens When a Die Hard Windows PC User Switches to Mac?

What Happens When a Die Hard Windows PC User Switches to Mac?

After reading our headline, you might have clicked through expecting to see a punchline, but this is no joke. A Windows PC user of 20 years decided to switch over to a Mac and leave behind his platform of choice cold turkey, and then chronicle what the experience was like. It's an interesting proposition considering that Apple is more popular today than it's ever been and there are likely other Windows users wondering (to themselves) what life on the other side is like.

Andy Patrizio from IT World took that journey by scoring a 2011 MacBook Pro off of Craigslist and then using it exclusively for 7 days. Why a used MacBook? The cost of switching to a Mac has always been a barrier for him, and though it's a used model that's now a few years old, it boasts some respectable hardware -- a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB storage, Microsoft Office 2011 pre-installed, and 15-inch monitor.

"It's not like I have a new product just hitting the market, but it does give me a chance to show people considering such a move what it's like moving from the [Windows] PC world to the Mac world," Patrizio explains.

MacBook Pro
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Right off the bat, Patrizio says he was impressed with the Mac's speed, especially since the specs fall "well short" of his PC, which has 16GB of RAM and a high-end solid state drive. Nevertheless, he found the MacBook snappy.

He was also impressed by its upgradeability. Despite having a reputation as being closed off and highly restrictive, Patrizio notes it was rather easy to pop off the bottom plate and gain access to various components. That said, his upgrade to 8GB of memory didn't have much impact on the things he was using the system for.

"Since when does a computer not get faster from doubling the memory?," Patrizio states.

Avatron Air Display

He also struggled with things he missed from his Windows PC, such as his music library and regularly used apps that he had already purchased, and having a second screen, which he rectified by using the iPad as a secondary display via Avatron's Air Display.

After spending 7 days with the Mac, Patrizio says he was "neither won over nor turned off" by his experience.
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He shrivels and dies

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Tried that a number of years ago, and im still on windows.

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An angel looses their wings

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I now.. many still ask wich antivirus is recomended.. (i know there are visures on Mac..but not on the same scale as windows)

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Mac's and PC's have different target audiences. Many PC users are Gamers, PC enthusiasts, Programmers etc. The people who have no need for open source software, extra customization, or freedom within their software and/or hardware have no problem using a Mac other than that it is more costly. I love PC's but I can understand why Mac has done so well with "the common rabble".

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I think your missing something.

1) the Mac OS X was based on the open source world of linux and is X11 compliant (giving you a lot of software)

2) you can emulate a PC on either a the Mac OS10 or Linux OS. As a result you have more system stability (no total system crashes) than when you run windows natively on your PC.

3) All but the very expensive Macs are now Intel Core machines. They can run windows as a native OS (not just an emulation) - and do so very rapidly.

4) macs don't spend massive amounts of the processing power trying to support Z80 and 8088 code (just in case you need it)

5) you also don't lose a huge amount of your overhead to running all hardware through a small number of "shared IRQ's" because the rest of the world abandoned that hardware tech in the mid 80s and went on to : heartbeat interrupts, interrupt stacks, interrupt heaps, interrupt ques..etc...and they can do this because they do not rely on VERY OLD HARDWARE IDEAS. The PC is a bad joke from a hardware standpoint.

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Every single time I've used a Mac I've come very close to putting my fist through it.

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I have looked at mac a few times, our editors have them at work and i find the filing system a mess and finding this hard. They bitch about it crashing all the time. We are looking at maybe going PC version for editing.... shock yes...

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He decided whether or not he wanted to dual boot OSX on his existing PC.

#Hackintosh

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what happens? he kills himself for making the switch

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Tried it. Ditched it after a couple of weeks. The most frustrating computing experience I've ever had.

There are some positives, but they are so massively outweighed by the negatives that its amazing that any normal (non-hipster douchebag) would ever stick to the mac platform.

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Alex Crane

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I've heard those macs are running some amazing operating system, OSX - or OS Ten. Wow, TEN! That's 2 better then windows!!!

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Macbooks and Mac Pros have their benefits especially if you're a designer. The only problem is the majority of Apple's audience buy Macbooks as fashion statements and use them like Chromebooks.

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The world will explode.

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...is this still a thing? I think I wrote my last "PC/Mac switch" article like...5 years ago.

And to all the commenters who found Mac OS X a frustrating experience: Really? It's not a fundamentally different experience for the vast majority of users.

I feel like I'm reading in a time machine.

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*No knock on Paul here--well-written as always, and the topic emerged, so he covered it, as we do. Just surprised that there are still people who think switching from PC to Mac is a big deal.

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I'm with you Seth. I think the two aren't so different such that the usability of either is vastly more advantageous in one use case or another. You could say PCs are better for gaming and Macs have an advantage in certain content creation apps but beyond that it's not a big jump anymore I don't think.

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And then he tried Linux and was hooked for life.

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Little more detail of his experience would have been nice.

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I've used both Windows and Mac. There was a learning curve for me with the Mac, but it worked well and without any issues. The only reason that I don't still have that iMac 24" is that one of my kids needed it for school.

While Windows-7 is the one OS that I really like, I have been toying with the idea of buying an iMac Mini lately.

It's true that each has it's strong points.

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