So, this is my post about my MacBook :).
About a month or so ago, I told you guys that I had recently needed to purchase a new laptop and decided after much research (a.k.a. asking all my friends what they thought), to embrace the fact that it is an Apple world that we live in and I should get a MacBook instead of a PC laptop. And because you all know me so well…you know that was a scary decision for me. #ihatestufflikethis #olddognewtricks
So…after I told you ladies that I bought a Mac, I immediately did what I always do and asked you for advice :). I had so many people offer advice and many people ask me to review it once I had a handle on things just like I did my Apple Watch. (By the way, if you missed my Apple Watch review, click HERE. I love my Apple Watch. It’s like my favorite thing EVER!)
So, today…a few thoughts on my new Mac now that we’ve been acquainted for about 6 weeks.
Setting up my MacBook was easy! You open it, hit power and follow the prompts. It basically just asks you to enter your Apple ID and then everything populates just like if you were to get a new iPhone/iPad. This made things so simple! If you already have an Apple ID, then getting started takes all of two minutes.
Now, disclaimers of sorts: I still use my desktop PC most of the time. I like to have a laptop to take with me, carry around the house (because I often like to work from other rooms besides my office), travel with, etc. My other laptop had been a PC, so even though I replaced my laptop with a Mac, I still use a PC for my big desktop. Also, the last time I used a Mac before now was between 2000-2003 when I was in college and it was required for the journalism department (so A LOT has changed!). That would also be the time that I literally wrote the word “google” down on my spiral notebook cover because they said that word would be important some day…ha!.
So, here are things I love about my MacBook:
1: It’s so light and small! My other laptop was big and bulky but this one only weighs about 2 pounds, so I can toss it in my purse and hardly feel a thing. It’s like carrying around a thin book. I’ve now flown with it on two round-trip flights and it was so easy to pull out and set on my airplane tray.
2: It starts right up when you hit power. My other laptop took a minute to actually turn on but this one powers up in about 10 seconds.
3: If there are problems, you can head straight to the Apple Store and have someone there help you.
4: Just like your phone or iPad, virus protection and security are automatically built in, so you don’t have to buy and download other software.
5: If you use the iCloud, then every picture you take on your phone automatically shows up on your MacBook. For a blogger, this is priceless :). No longer do I have to download pics from my phone to my computer and then blog…the pics from my phone are just right there.
6. You can text from it! Whenever I get a text message on my phone, it pops up on my computer and so I can easily text back without looking at my phone. Is it weird that I think this is my favorite feature? It’s just so convenient to be able to work and not look away. And bonus…this means I can text easily on flights too when I’m connected to WiFi on board. Bam.
7. It has iTunes so downloading movies, songs and shows is so easy!
8. It truly is “user-friendly”. Screens move around easily, the mouse pad thing (whatever that’s called) is very simple to use. It’s weird not to have a right click/left click option, but you’ll figure that out pretty easily.
9. I don’t use the calendar on my phone (because I love my actual planner too much), but if you did, then it would automatically populate on your MacBook too.
10. When the MacBook needs to update, it does just like it would on your iPhone/iPad. So, that’s really simple.
11: I was afraid when I worked on/viewed/opened Microsoft Office documents that things would get complicated but it really doesn’t. The Mac program opens it right up and makes it easy to modify/change/email/save the document even if it originally came to you in Microsoft format (like Word or Excel).
Things I don’t love about my MacBook:
1: I wish the computer screen was a touch screen. My other laptop had a touch screen, so out of habit, I often touch the screen. I was really surprised by this since iPads and iPhones are touch screens, wouldn’t my MacBook be too? It’s not.
2: You can’t insert a DVD. Okay, now Andrew thinks it’s silly that I want to insert a DVD (just use iTunes he says!), but I love watching old movies on my laptop while working on my desktop and you can’t do that with this one. There is no way to insert a DVD.
3. I have found that many things are easier if you use a shortcut rather than actually using the mouse pad. I had to learn a lot of the shortcuts (I found them on Pinterest, googled them, etc). So, that’s taken a little adjustment, but has been worth it.
Overall, I am thrilled with this MacBook! I was hesitant at first (and confirmed with the Apple Store several times that I could return it if I didn’t love it), but now, there’s no way I would return it.
As for other things, I don’t get too fancy with my computer using. I basically just need internet browsers, a Word-type document and email…so, I’m sure it can do a world of fancy things that just don’t apply to me, but for my basic needs, it hits all of them.
Now, I know I probably didn’t do this review justice…so if you’re a Mac user out there, please share your favorite things and not so favorite things today! This is a big decision and I know many of you are like me and think you might need to change to Mac but you’re hesitant at the same time. So, Mac people…please comment!
That’s my MacBook review :).
And psssst: the color of mine is “rose gold”…because I feel like you might want to know that.