Tomorrow, I am likely going to make The Switch.
I am looking into buying a new laptop for school. I talked to a friend of mine who is knowledgeable about computers and he extolled the virtues of Mac up and down, even though he uses a PC (his job gave it to him). I’ve done the research, read the Consumer Reports articles, called both Apple and Toshiba’s (the brand I was going to go with) sales departments and asked questions, and went to play with PC laptops and MacBooks at Best Buy and at my university’s bookstore. I’ve got an appointment for personal shopping at an Apple Store tomorrow and I’m pretty sure that my last remaining decision is between a MacBook and MacBook Pro.
The laptop will be mostly for research and programming (I’m a Computer Science major). I don’t really plan to install games on it… that’s what my home desktop is for. The one tidbit that sold me to Mac was that Mac OS is a UNIX-based OS, and I think I’m going to be required to code in a UNIX environment.
So I ask both PC and Mac owners: What do you love or hate about Macs? Please don’t answer, “I hate Mac owners.” We all know that many Apple zealots are very elitist and snotty. I’m interested in the computers themselves. If someone wants to suggest that I don’t buy a Mac, then I want to hear that, too.