Is Mac right for you?

With so many satisfied Apple consumers, when your PC starts slowing down, you may be asking yourself whether Mac is right for you. Before switching to Mac, ask yourself the following questions:

Am I running any corporate or proprietary software that runs exclusively on Windows or Internet Explorer?

Proprietary software that is installed with a .exe extension will not run on Mac unless you install a virtual machine (software that emulates a Windows environment on your Mac). This should raise a flag when making your decision, especially if the software is critical to your occupation.

Likewise, some cloud based software only run on Internet Explorer, for which you also need a virtual machine.

Does my activity or hobby require a very high computing capability?

This may apply to some games, but I’m thinking more of engineers or 3D modelers. I have also had an experience with AutoCad, and the machine could never fully render the model. If this is you, do some more research.

How different is the Windows and Mac version of the software?

Most software ported to Mac are similar enough that the transition will only involve new shortcut keys. However, it is not uncommon to find some functions missing in the Mac version. I have experienced this with MS Word, Excel, and Intuit’s Quickbooks, Quicken, and Turbotax. Of course, this may be hard to determine before you actually try the software, but it's worth taking into account.

Are you a tinkerer?

Apple develops the OS and builds the machine, so all Macs come with Appel quality. There is no such thing as a low-end Apple product. This is very different from Windows PCs that have a wide range of performance depending on the make, manufacturer, and components.

If you like upgrading your computer regularly and tinkering with the insides, Macs are not your friend.

Adaptability

If you have a hard time adjusting to new environments, then Mac is not for you. You can be up and running in a day, but it will take you a few months to be very comfortable with the machine. However, if a Windows release is radically different from the existing one, you will probably be faced with the same problem of having to relearn everything.

I personally switched to Mac when Windows released Vista. I had grown up on Windows 3.1, and loved Windows until XP. I was very proficient with all of the MS Office software, and knew the insides of Windows like the palm of my hand. Realizing that I would have to relearn how to do everything in the Vista version of software was the day I switched to Mac... and I haven’t gone back.

Conclusion

This should be your preliminary checklist before switching to Mac. Please do your research. Yes, Apple machines are great for most of those who switch, but they are not for everyone. Remember, a computer is nothing more than a computer. If you can’t work on it, it’s as useful as a paperweight.

But if you find Mac is the right tool for you, you will not be disappointed...

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