After my old PC gave me the blue screen of death for the third time this month, I finally decided it was time to give up on it for good. I had heard how *amazing* MacBooks are from lots of people at college, so I did my homework to see which one is right for me. I liked the lightness and price tag of the MacBook Air the best, and then I spent a while convincing myself that it would be a “wise investment” instead of a “splurge” to get one. Before I left for work yesterday I found myself absent-mindedly searching BestBuy.com for my dream laptop, and it was ON SALE FOR $899. My heart said “Go,” so I checked my credit card limit, went to work, and counted down the hours until it was time to go get my baby.
When it was time for my thirty minute lunch break, a friend and I grabbed our purses, ran over to Best Buy, got the goods, and were back to work in time to split a pizza.
I’m not much of a tekkie, so I can’t explain all the specs and details about this beauty, but I can give you my experience as a lifelong PC user switching over to Mac.
Step 1. Opening the box. I could hardly contain my excitement as I was opening the box– I was totally geeking out. When the box finally opened up, a hundred angels filled the room with The Hallelujah Chorus. It was quite an event.
I had to call tech support (aka my bestie Mimi) right away because I was confused about the power cords.
Step 2. Setting it up. Turning on a MacBook for the first time and setting it up is surprisingly easy. It’s pretty much exactly the same procedure as when you get a new iPhone. It takes you through a series of screens and asks for your preferences. This is kind of obvious, but signing in with your Apple ID is a necessity in order to get the most out of your Mac.
I still don’t really know what a lot of the suggested features actually do, so I just hit “Set up Later” on a few screens so I could look them up later.
Ater I got through the setup screens I plugged in my flash drive and transferred files over from my PC. There is probably an easier way to do this, but it didn’t take too long.
Step 3. Play around. I spent most of the rest of the night playing around with my MacBook to get a feel for how to OS runs and bask in the overall beauty of this laptop. People told me switching from PC to Mac would be confusing, but it really isn’t.
Mac vs PC: What I’ve noticed so far
- My MacBook Air is light, beautiful, easy to use, and fast. The lightning speed of this thing amazes me. It’s overall design, from the physical hardware to the OS, is beautiful and sleek, not clunky like my PC was.
- My MacBook shares data with my iPhone! I was absolutely amazed when I figured this out. If I take a picture on my phone, it shows up in my Photos Library on my computer literally seconds afterwards. This makes productivity and switching from my phone to computer so simple. I use the Reminders app religiously on my phone, and now my reminders pop up on my computer screen as well– a gift from the Mac gods.
- There are so many cool things that this laptop does– and I’m sure I only know like 5% of them right now. My personal favorite so far is Hot Corners, which are customizable shortcuts that only require a swipe of the trackpad.
- Speaking of the trackpad, this one is so easy to use that I don’t even feel like I need a mouse. My PC’s trackpad was so awkward that I almost always used a mouse instead, but the trackpad on the MacBook Air is simply wonderful. I went to settings to learn all that this thing can do. It’s crazy, yet it’s simple to use. The default setting for clicking on things requires you to actually press down on the trackpad. Coming from a PC, I felt like I was hurting my MacBook every time I clicked on something, so I changed the settings from pressing down to a simple tap.
The bottom line. Are MacBooks worth it?
Yes, I truly think they are worth it. Macs have a painful price tag, but compared to a PC, you are getting so much more for your money. I feel like this computer will last for a long time. It also feels safe and protected; I have no fear of crashing blue screens. The speed and aesthetic superiority of this Mac are astonishing. This computer is well-equipped for both work and leisure, and its lightness is going to allow me to take it pretty much anywhere with me.
To put it simply, I now have a laptop that I actually enjoy using.