10 things my MacBook does better than my Windows desktop

10 things my MacBook does better than my Windows desktop

I recently switched to the Mac after a lifetime of Windows. My MacBook Pro isn’t perfect, but in this video I discuss the top 10 things it does better than my Windows machines.

1. Hardware

The M1 MacBook Pro is the best laptop I’ve ever used. Most Windows laptops have a really impressive component, but my MacBook’s keyboard, trackpad, speakers, and screen are the best I’ve ever seen on a laptop.

2. Battery life

Although Windows laptops have improved in recent years, in the past it seemed like you could choose between battery life or performance. My netbook might have great battery life, but it can’t edit a video. My Alienware could, but it would only last an hour or two before the battery ran out. This new MacBook Pro has the best battery I’ve ever seen on a laptop and it also has the best performance.

3. Fan noise

I’ve owned some very powerful Windows laptops in the past, but with that power came an outrageous cooling system. My Alienware was randomly bringing the fans to 100% while I was browsing the web, and it felt like someone was vacuuming the floor in the next room.

99% of the time, my MacBook is 100% silent. Even with two monitors connected and a lot of applications running, the laptop hardly ever starts up. The only time I can turn on the fans is during a video export and, despite that, it’s incredibly quiet.

4. AirDrop

Getting photos or videos from your iPhone to a Windows computer is a nightmare. You have to connect it via a USB 2.0 cable and hope that Windows recognizes it. In that case, you need to sort 30 different files with random names to find the photo you are looking for.

Apple devices can automatically recognize other nearby Apple devices and transfer files wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This feature alone makes it very difficult to get back to Windows. I never want to use another Lightning cable for the rest of my life.

5. Universal notes

Apple devices with the same Apple ID that are on the same Wi-Fi network will automatically share the clipboard. If you copy text, image or file to your phone, laptop or iPad, you can paste it to another device almost instantly.

6. Transfer

Again, if you own multiple Apple devices, Handoff makes switching between them seamless. Do you have a website open on your phone? An icon appears on your MacBook to switch to it. Have you accepted a FaceTime call on your laptop? You can send it to your phone.

7. Sidecar

I’ve used my iPad as a second monitor with my laptop for years, but it’s never been perfect. It used a specific cable or app and a shared network. Your Apple computer can recognize a nearby iPhone or iPad and turn it into a second wireless monitor with just one click.

8. iMessage

If your thumbs are tired of endlessly texting, you will love being able to send and receive all your messages on your computer.

9. Navigating the operating system

While it took me a while to understand MacOS, I have to admit that it’s much more intuitive than Windows. You can easily find everything in the “Finder”, while on Windows it seems like you need to know where to look for certain file types.

Spotlight is a system-wide search feature that also makes navigating the operating system much easier than on Windows.

10. Performance

The main reason I’m comfortable switching to Apple is the performance of the new MacBook Pro. For the first time ever, this laptop really feels like it can replace my desktop. It’s certainly not as powerful as my Windows PC, but it offers 90% performance in a package that’s 90% smaller and more affordable.

After slowly learning each of these 10 things, my Windows desktop feels extremely understaffed to me now. If you’re a Windows user nervous about making the change, stay tuned as I’ll soon be making a video for Windows users to make the transition easier.

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