I sent the Dell back last month and decided to get my first Mac. I”ve had my Macbook Pro (13inch) for a week now and let me offer a quick review.
This thing is fucking awesome.
Design- I never realized how cheap and clumsy my PC laptops were until I opened this aluminum wonder. The design is top notch. No space is wasted. The computer is super thin for a pc (though not as thin as the Lara Flynn Bole inspired macbook Air). Form and function collide into a very modern eye catching laptop.
Software- I like to think of myself as a creative person and my brief introduction to Iwork and Ilife have me very exited at the possibilities. Word, Powerpoint, and the awful line of windows video editing software always felt like they were in the way of my work.
With the mac software I feel inspired and unincumbered. It reminds of when I was playing guitar and I would get a new piece of gear (Big Muff Pi anyone?). I just want to create with this thing.
Price- The only downside is the price premium. However, it’s not as bad as I thought. Probably about 25% more expensive than a similar PC for the functionality.
Legal software- ‘m still PC at the office I can’t find a work around for my law firm software suite (elaw) and pro docs. I’m considering getting around pro docs by signing up for the Lexis or Westlaw pacakges that offer canned motions etc. I just like having a template available. I also practice some civil law and find pro doc a necessary evil. Hopefully I can go completely PC less in the near future.