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Windows 10 Upgrade? Try A MacBook

There are a number of reasons why Macs are worth considering as you migrate to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Vs. Windows 7: What Enterprise IT Needs To Know
Windows 10 Vs. Windows 7: What Enterprise IT Needs To Know
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Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally been released and many users are looking for a new computer to take advantage of its new features. While it has been advertised that Windows 10 will perform properly on most laptops currently running Windows 7 or 8, we all know that to get the most of the many features and performance enhancements, you'll want the latest high-end laptops designed for the new OS.

As you consider your next PC purchase, here's something else to think about: Is it time to move to a Mac?

Before you start howling at me, please know that I am a not Mac fan, and never have been. My wife is a lover of all things Apple. Her computer for the last few years has been a MacBook, and she always tells me it is worth the price she paid for it.

There are a number of reasons why Macs are worth considering as you migrate to Windows 10. For starters, most hardware vendors are waiting for Intel to release the new Skylake processors, which Intel considers to be its "most significant processor" for a decade. It offers enhanced power efficiency and wireless performance. We'll reportedly see these processors used in upcoming MacBooks as well as PCs.

Then there are the price considerations. It is possible to find some decent Windows 10-ready laptops for about $500 most experts say you'll need a medium- to high-end laptop to make Windows 10 run smoothly. According to reviews, the most suitable models for Windows 10 are Dell's XPS 13 ($900-$1,600), Acer's Aspire R7 ($980-$1,300), and HP's Spectre x360 ($900-$1,400). All those 13-inch models will run Windows 10 smoothly, giving the user the performance expected on the new Microsoft OS. These price points get you in the same range as a MacBook.

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The devices from Apple are found to be excellent Windows 10 machines and, according to some users, Windows 10 outperforms OS X when run on a MacBook Pro.

Apple's MacBooks are not sold with Windows pre-installed, obviously, so you need to download the Microsoft OS and install it yourself, using Apple's Boot Camp, but the process is simple and straightforward, and allows you to keep OS X on the same machine if you want to try it. Additionally, if you want to keep using Windows 10 after 30 days, you'll have to pay $120 for the license. There are many advantages to choosing a Mac as your next Windows machine. MacBooks are well built, with a full-day battery life, excellent IPS displays, and great Apple support.

(Image: Apple)

(Image: Apple)

If you type a lot, nothing compares to the MacBook Pro or Air in terms of keyboard design (with the exception of the latest small MacBook), and the typefaces are crisper and better defined than on any other laptop displays.

"Except for Dell's XPS 13, there really are no Windows laptops out there that I enjoy using as much," said Joanna Stern, personal technology columnist with The Wall Street Journal, when reviewing several Windows 10 laptops. "The [MacBook] Air still gets over eight hours of battery life in my rigorous testing, and the trackpad works better than any I've found on a Windows machine."

Getting a MacBook is also a good idea because of Mac's higher resale value. Earlier this year, my wife decided to trade her trusty five-year-old MacBook Pro for a new MacBook Air, and she sold the old laptop for over $450 on eBay (it could have generated more if it had had a Spanish keyboard). That means your new MacBook could cost less than $150/year to own.

Another alternative, of course, is to hold off until the holiday season, when Skylake-based machines are expected hit the market, especially made for Windows 10. The new laptops will feature enhanced cameras, improved trackpads and upgraded wireless connectivity, all ready to make Windows 10 shine.

What do you think? Would you consider a MacBook as your Windows 10 machine? Are you planning to upgrade your device now, or hold off until the next-gen PCs hit the market? Which PCs or Macs are on your wish list? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Pablo Valerio has been in the IT industry for 25+ years, mostly working for American companies in Europe. Over the years he has developed channels, established operations, and served as European general manager for several companies. While primarily based in Spain, he has ... View Full Bio
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MajjieD
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8/19/2015 | 11:33:35 AM
Go to ask... which experts?
"It is possible to find some decent Windows 10-ready laptops for about $500 most experts say you'll need a medium- to high-end laptop to make Windows 10 run smoothly."

I'm going to have to go Wikipedia on you here and say [citation needed].

Windows 10 runs with less resources than Windows 7. Sure... to get the extra special features like touchscreen, Hello login etc my need some funky hardware but Macbooks don't support that either. An Atom chip would chug away nicely on Windows 10 for simple browsing and light office work.
Pablo Valerio
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Pablo Valerio,
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8/19/2015 | 3:31:57 PM
Re: Go to ask... which experts?
" An Atom chip would chug away nicely on Windows 10 for simple browsing and light office work."

Fot those tasks you don't need Windows 10, you could use an old Windows XP machine or a cheap Chromebook.

It is possible that Windows 10 requires less resources than Win 7 for the same functions, but that is not the reason to upgrade to Win 10.

It is true that MacBooks don't have touch screens, but the fact is that people rarely use that feature on a laptop. It is also rumored that Apple will introduce a touchscreen MacBook (with detachable monitor) next year.
DouglasD203
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DouglasD203,
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8/19/2015 | 7:17:39 PM
Mac for Windows 10
I have been using a MacBook for 8 years to run Windows XP.  I use Parallel's Desktop for Mac.  It works just fine.  Now that Windows 10 is essentially out I will probably upgrade my Mac to a Mac air simply becasue I need more disk space and increased RAM.

 

Thanks for your blog!

 
Ruturaj001
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Ruturaj001,
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8/20/2015 | 11:57:11 AM
Nice Read
Really liked the article, I also prefer macbook hardware (SSD speed, built quality, looks, balannced specs and screen) but I don't use windows, I use Linux, I would soon buy macbook pro 15 (as I think macbook pro 13 are overpriced, for little extra you get more RAM. storage, bigger screen and a quad core processor) when Apple upgrades to skylake, I really hope they upgrade processor to Xeon but skylake H would do too. The perfromance increment by use DDR4 RAM would good and I would love to see how much power new macbooks will save, as apple is skipping broadwell and will upgrade to skylake from haswell. GT4e graphics perfromace would be intresting too, I am not planning to purchase one with discrete graphics as I don't need that much GPU power. 
marcelbrown
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marcelbrown,
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8/20/2015 | 4:51:20 PM
Get a Mac, use the Mac
If you're going to purchase a Mac, then you should really have an eye towards using the Mac OS. Yes, they are excellent Windows 10 machines. But they are even more excellent Mac OS computers. It would be like buying a Ferarri and only driving it around town. Sure, it's still a Ferrari, but why not use it for what it's really good at?

That being said, having a Mac machine that can run both operating systems is extremely powerful. But I would recommend using the Mac OS as your main OS and Windows as your fallback compatibility option. Why wouldn't you want to do your daily activities on an OS that is virtually immune to malware and is generally easier to operate? Plus if you have an iPhone, the integration between the two is amazing. I can't tell you how awesome it is to be sitting at my desk, using my MacBook Pro with a second monitor, and be able to respond to SMS text messages (as well as iMessages) from my keyboard and mouse. And the messages all sync up so I can continue conversations with people on my iPhone or my Mac. I can also initiate phone calls on my iPhone from my Mac, which is great when I am calling a phone number on a web site. That's just scratching the surface of course. But I digress. Bottom line is that you shouldn't really look to the Mac if you're only going to use Windows. Look to a Mac if you want to retain Windows compatibility while you transition to a Mac. 
Pablo Valerio
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Pablo Valerio,
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8/20/2015 | 5:19:33 PM
Re: Get a Mac, use the Mac
@marcelbrown, thank you for your comment. I agree that MACs are better used withe their original OS. And I'd say that the majority of Apple users agree with your assesment.

As stated in my artilcle I'm not an Apple fan. I've trying to explore the possibility that MacBooks are an excellent choice if you are looking for a new Windows 10 laptop. If you are already an Apple user there is little reason to try Windows, unless you need it for work (which is rarely the case nowadays).

 
Midnight
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8/20/2015 | 7:13:51 PM
TCO and Mac user psychology
I will not, ever recommend a Mac for business usage. Period.

Now before you go thinking this is a M$ fanboy post, there are real reasons behind this.

The Mac ecosystem is one based on unrealistic expectations from the systems. A great quote is "I never have a problem with my Mac until I had this problem." But get this, it in not the user's fault they think that way. They were sold an Idea of how a computer works tied to a premium price tag that reinforces the confidence in the purchase. Any problem or failing in the purchased solution is minimized because Apple corp has successfully tied a device to the person's identity and sense of self worth. Hence a bad purchase cannot be bad otherwise I am a loser. So how does this apply?

Apple is a closed ecosystem relying on everyone else (including it's competitors) to give Core Business Functionality to their machines. They have a horrendous track record in security and compatibility when you actually look at the time of reporting, to the time of released fixes. Some issues are still being ignored (there are too many to cite here, look it up for yourself.)

Business IT is about stability, compatibility, security and ease of management. Mac's are getting better, but are still not targeting the business integration requirements. They are best described as 'islands in the infrastructure' requiring greater time & fiscal expenditures to implement organizational policy level controls in a M$ Windows dominated world. It is not about exposing resources to Apples - like in the past - it is now about controlling how the Macs interact with the resources and local device policy controls defined by the company.

If you are a self employed, single user, have no intentions of growing beyond a staff of around 10 people, really do not care about enterprise security and are willing to blindly accept the limitations that Apple corp. is imposing on you, then by all means have at. But if you are seriously intending to grow as a business, want to take advantage of the greater solution resources of the software landscape, then plan for the future and start using an infrastructure solution that is scalable now. Solutions that have a TCO not based on brand, but on performance for price. (True for all aspects, not just OS decisions)

Please note I did not at any point say M$ was the best solution, nor did I say cloud, or Linux because each have their strengths and each have irked me in significant ways recently.

My point, any advice to pay more for a Branded product that has more hype that substance is problematic. Style Over Substance only applies to the Fashion industry.
rcook94001
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rcook94001,
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8/23/2015 | 2:15:21 PM
Re: TCO and Mac user psychology
Apple makes superior products with the best service/support in the industry. Check any crediable media source. Consumer Reports compares support and Apple is by far the winner.

The comment regarding resale value can be seconded. I sold a 6 year old iMac desktop recently for about 40% of it's NEW price. If it were ANY WinTel PC, I would have had to pay a toxic waste charge to get rid of it.

This is possible because Apple makes over 85% of the gross margin in the ENTIRE PC world, with only 15% of the volume. That means that everyone else is battling for the scraps. Quality and support go down the tubes when you are making sub-5% GM, as Dell and HP are.

There are a lot of Apple haters out there. The key reason is because these haters are not NEEDED when people own Apples. The massive support simply isn't a requirement with Apple, thus the haters are un- or under- employed.

Must be Apple's fault they are so miserable.
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