I switched from a Windows 7 machine to a MacBook Pro 13” Mountain Lion system. The 13” has more than enough horsepower for what I need (upgraded to 8 GB Ram), and the form factor is small enough for carrying it around. Below are my notes on the switch:
- It’s easy to shut the Mac and walk away. Open it back up, and it’s instantly on waiting for your password. Windows machines varied with this – many times you might “blue screen” or the laptop fan might still run, etc.
- It switches wireless networks effortlessly—from home wireless to the wireless at work, I notice no change or delay. My Windows 7 PC would frequently have to repair the wireless connection to get a good IP address when switching networks.
- The Mac system itself seems to manage your hard drive space much more efficiently. I have the same number of files, but much more available drive space.
- I love the backlit keyboard – easy to use in the dark.
- I can output video to my Apple TV or my Jambone JAMBOX with Airplay and Bluetooth – very easy to use.
- iTunes sync’ing with my devices is much quicker.
- I love the integration of iMessage, Reminders, and Notes across all iOS devices & the Mac.
- I’ve tested Time Machine, and it’s a very efficient system for backing up & restoring. Any external drive can work with it (formatted appropriately). I bought a 2 TB Seagate backup drive
- Dropbox runs great on both systems. Edit a Word file stored in Dropbox on the Mac and open/edit the same file later on the Windows system. The same applies to Google Drive.
- Their whole photo management system itself.
- Photostream from iPhone – in Windows 7 you could see this in Explorer and add a shortcut to favorites. On the Mac, you have to go into iPhoto to see these pics and download to access them. I chose to upload photos automatically via Dropbox instead of Photostream to the Mac.
- iPhoto is a very frustrating program. It wants to put everything in events when traditionally I file pictures by year and sort by date. I ended up downloading Picasa and using it as I did on Windows 7 to manage my photos including sync’ing online as I make photo edits.