• Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 7 months ago

    If you're gonna go PC from Apple hardware I recommend going with the fancier stuff like the Microsoft Surface. Speaking from both mine and friends/family experience going with the cheaper but still high-specced laptops or desktop all-in-ones, the lack of build quality and attention to detail can get annoying (having to return laptops due to broken hinges, non-working ports, etc). I ended up back in the Apple ecosystem after not long.

    The Surface is a great bit of hardware, and touchscreen is nice (except for fingerprints), but personally I still get frustrated with the PC trackpads (I only use regular mouse for gaming).

    If you use a lot of MacOS automation (Alfred, Automator, AppleScript, Folder Services, etc) I haven't found any good equivalents on PC, but I notice a lot of people don't take advantage of that side of Mac so that may not matter to you.

    Otherwise Windows 10 is pretty decent compared to past iterations of Windows. It will take some getting used to some of the weird Windows ways of doing things, but for the majority of basic tasks there are equivalents for most Mac stuff. 3rd party software and tools for Windows just aren't as good as Mac equivalents in my opinion, but I have noticed an improvement in design and implementation of Windows software in recent years.

    All that being said, I have a really hard time giving up the clean integration I have between my Apple devices. I use shared copy/paste, texting from my Mac, localhost named device addresses, etc. multiple times a day. None of those exist on Windows without clunky 3rd party software as far as I have found. So if you use any of those be warned it's not the same.

    Best of luck and let us know how the switch goes! I have a number of designer friends who are getting frustrated with Apple for good reason and are beginning to think about switching. Maybe we can make the Windows design software and tooling ecosystem as healthy as the Mac one!

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    • John PJohn P, 7 months ago

      If you don't need raw power then seconding the Surface, they're beautifully made devices and I guarantee Apple will clone the stand within the next 3 years because it's so damn useful.

      Also the Surface keyboard is heaven for your fingers if you're coming from a Mac butterfly switch.

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