Sunday, 7 May 2017

Switching to Mac: 2 Years On

When I first changed from PC to Mac I wrote this post about switching to Mac. I didn't expect it to be popular but it's slowly grown into one of my most popular posts and I get a lot of questions asking about how I've gotten on. I decided to write this follow-up post for that reason! Long story short: I love my MacBook. I don't care if this is the 'dark side'. I love it and I'm not going back. Despite being almost two years old the laptop still runs like brand new. I can see myself having it for a good few years yet. Yes, the transition is a bit odd - it's the little differences that really through off - but in the end, it's worth it. This is how I made the transition as smooth as possible!


Google Is Your Friend
When I first got a Mac I was very confused. Everything seemed so different and I just kept thinking - what have I done?! However, I swiftly realised that there was an answer to every question I had and all I had to do was Google it. Seriously, not matter how stupid and small the question may seem - someone else has already asked it and the answer is out there waiting for you. 

Change The Settings To Find What Works Best For You 
There are a lot of weird touchpad shortcuts on Mac that just seem odd when you're transitioning from Windows. I personally chose to go in and cancel these so that my touchpad works like a regular pc one. This made it much easier for me to get used to the Mac interface as it was more familiar to what I knew. I don't find that I miss any of these shortcuts so I don't mind having them turned off. 

Protect Your Tech
Mac products are not cheap. I think they're worth the money but I'd seriously struggle to replace mine if it got really damaged. When I'm transporting my laptop around with me I make sure to always have it in a case. My current choice is from Caseable*. This Berlin-based company offer hundred of designs and also the opportunity to design your own case. This means that it not only protects my laptop but matches my style as well. I opted for a bold colour, abstract paint design and I love it. The colours didn't quite come out as bold as the image but they're still awesome - just something to be aware of. The material feels high quality and I can tell it's going to last me a long time. I also use a silicon keyboard cover that's just a cheap eBay deal. I didn't think I'd like this but after seeing how quickly it got dirty, I realised I'd much rather all that dust and dirt didn't end up in my keyboard! I've had mine for almost two years now so it's pretty worn down but it does the job and keeps my mind at rest. 

Practice Makes Perfect
As annoying as the transition period may seem, everything will resolve itself and after a few months, you just get used to it. 

I've now had my Mac for almost two years and I'm so glad I took the plunge. Even after all this time it still runs like a brand new computer and I use it so frequently. Well of course I do, I have to keep writing this blog! 

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