1. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    I recently made the switch to a 13" 2013 MacBook Air after 20+ years with Windows. I was a little nervous about the switch as well, but it hasn't been as bad as I thought...once you figure out the equivalents in the OS and command keys, you'll find that the two OS' are more similar than different. I did end up partitioning about 70gb of the SSD to Boot Camp so that I can dual boot Windows 8 if I need it for work, or apps for which I specifically need Windows. Aside from that, the only other thing I did Windows related was buy Paragon NTFS ($20), so that I could also write (OS X can only read) to NTFS formatted external drives that I've used to store media on.

    Good luck! You won't regret your decision .
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    08-21-2013 06:02 PM
  2. Eileen89's Avatar
    I recently made the switch to a 13" 2013 MacBook Air after 20+ years with Windows. I was a little nervous about the switch as well, but it hasn't been as bad as I thought...once you figure out the equivalents in the OS and command keys, you'll find that the two OS' are more similar than different. I did end up partitioning about 70gb of the SSD to Boot Camp so that I can dual boot Windows 8 if I need it for work, or apps for which I specifically need Windows. Aside from that, the only other thing I did Windows related was buy Paragon NTFS ($20), so that I could also write (OS X can only read) to NTFS formatted external drives that I've used to store media on.

    Good luck! You won't regret your decision .
    Thank you BB Guy. I had a chance to play with the Retina MBP again tonight and the screen really is stunning. Can't wait till they come out with the new one that has the updated processor.


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    08-21-2013 11:52 PM
  3. Padron26's Avatar
    They need to bring back the 17" MBP, then I'd have one. I currently don't have a Mac, I need one expandable and with the performance like my Elitebooks.
    I'm constantly looking at them, trying to justify it to myself.
    08-22-2013 01:54 AM
  4. Eileen89's Avatar
    They need to bring back the 17" MBP, then I'd have one. I currently don't have a Mac, I need one expandable and with the performance like my Elitebooks.
    I'm constantly looking at them, trying to justify it to myself.
    I guess some may want a 17" screen. However, I like the 15" screen. It looks and feels like the perfect size for me.


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    08-22-2013 06:31 AM
  5. Padron26's Avatar
    Yeah I love the compact feeling of the 15" but with cad and some other programs the extra screen size really makes a world of difference.
    Especially when it's 1080.

    THats why I always have a backup/secondary laptop with me. I've been using a surface pro and its competing fairly well.
    08-22-2013 06:36 AM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Yeah I love the compact feeling of the 15" but with cad and some other programs the extra screen size really makes a world of difference.
    Especially when it's 1080.

    THats why I always have a backup/secondary laptop with me. I've been using a surface pro and its competing fairly well.
    I like the 15" for its compactness and portability. But when you need the extra screen real estate it's easy enough to hook up one or two external monitors.
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    08-22-2013 07:34 AM
  7. Padron26's Avatar
    I need to have it easily accessible and It's not to easy to bring all of that with you to meetings and especially while traveling. When you have to show jobs in Detail those couple of inches can make all the difference. Believe me I have a room full of computer accessories. Monitors, docks,replicators, stands,racks cases etc
    I've got 5 pc's including 3 laptops and a windows 8 tablet that are just mine. And these aren't your everyday laptops.
    I use to have a meilink safe bolted on the inside on my truck bed. To keep things safe cause I don't need everything everytime.
    And I only did that cause I've had my tailgate was ripped open from the side just so the thieves could get hood rich for the week, which happened 11 am in downtown Tampa.

    Like I said before 15" laptops are great... but for some things they just don't work.





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    08-22-2013 07:56 AM
  8. DJLILM's Avatar
    Best switch I made. I don't have to worry about all the drama that comes with windows nomore.


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    08-22-2013 08:24 AM
  9. jf1450's Avatar
    Especially with Win 8, what a festering t#rd of an OS that is. Switch and don't look back.

    Jeff
    08-22-2013 12:29 PM
  10. Eileen89's Avatar
    Especially with Win 8, what a festering t#rd of an OS that is. Switch and don't look back.

    Jeff
    I tried W8 on a laptop for the first time at BB when I was there and honestly I was lost. I didn't like the look or how everything has been changed around. If I have to get used to a new OS I would rather switch to Apple at this point.
    08-22-2013 12:40 PM
  11. Fausty82's Avatar
    Especially with Win 8, what a festering t#rd of an OS that is. Switch and don't look back.

    Jeff
    I tried W8 on a laptop for the first time at BB when I was there and honestly I was lost. I didn't like the look or how everything has been changed around. If I have to get used to a new OS I would rather switch to Apple at this point.
    And to bring this back full circle to Apple, that is one of the biggest concerns with completely revamping iOS... IMHO, iOS 7 changes it up just enough to be different, yet while remaining somewhat constant for the customer experience.

    What Microsoft did with Win 8 was unconscionable - leaving it’s customers in a quandary like that - what do I do? how do I do it?, etc...

    Fortunately, you won’t experience that with OS X - even if they do revamp it, the look and feel will remain somewhat constant - like how Microsoft did the Windows 3.1 > Windows 95 > Windows 98...

    My switch to Mac/OS X was a learning experience, but looking back, it was not that difficult... and with that same 20/20 hindsight, I am very happy that I did it.
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    08-22-2013 01:46 PM
  12. Eileen89's Avatar
    ^ Fausty, I'm not sure but I believe Apples OS updates are cheaper than Windows too which will be another added plus. I had to pay $100 when I upgraded my kids PC from Vista to Windows 7.


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    08-22-2013 02:31 PM
  13. Fausty82's Avatar
    ^ Fausty, I'm not sure but I believe Apples OS updates are cheaper than Windows too which will be another added plus. I had to pay $100 when I upgraded my kids PC from Vista to Windows 7.

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    Excellent point, Rose. The updates have gotten significantly cheaper... back in the day, Apple charged a Microsoft-like $119 per machine to upgrade... the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard was only $29 one computer, and $49 for up to 5 computers... and the upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion was only $19 for up to 5 computers...
    08-22-2013 02:38 PM
  14. Fausty82's Avatar
    I found this graphic somewhere online that could easily serve as a conversion tool... if I did this in Windows, how do I do the same function in OS X?
    Attached Thumbnails Thinking about switching to a MBP from Windows:-win2osx.png  
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    08-22-2013 02:40 PM
  15. Eileen89's Avatar
    Excellent point, Rose. The updates have gotten significantly cheaper... back in the day, Apple charged a Microsoft-like $119 per machine to upgrade... the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard was only $29 one computer, and $49 for up to 5 computers... and the upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion was only $19 for up to 5 computers...
    WOW! Only $19 and it allowed for up to 5 computers? Not bad at all, IMHO. I paid $100 and was only able to upgrade 1 PC. This is great to know.


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    08-22-2013 02:45 PM
  16. Eileen89's Avatar
    I found this graphic somewhere online that could easily serve as a conversion tool... if I did this in Windows, how do I do the same function in OS X?
    This is awesome, thanks! I'll print this out for reference later.


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    08-22-2013 02:48 PM
  17. Fausty82's Avatar
    WOW! Only $19 and it allowed for up to 5 computers? Not bad at all, IMHO. I paid $100 and was only able to upgrade 1 PC. This is great to know.

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    Yes, the upgrade was $19 and only available through the Mac App Store ... all software sold through the MAS can be installed on any Mac that shares that account. The current limit is 5 Macs... so any software that you purchase (including OS X) is included.
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    08-22-2013 02:50 PM
  18. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    This is awesome, thanks! I'll print this out for reference later.


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    The hardest thing to get used to was the lack of Quicken. The Mac does have Quicken Essentials but it's not good enough because it doesn't include the detailed portfolio tracking of the "real" Quicken. I finally settled on iBank which is good enough although still not quite up to the version of Quicken that I last used in 2011 before switching to the Mac. I was able to get all my transactions exported and imported though.
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    08-22-2013 03:31 PM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    The hardest thing to get used to was the lack of Quicken. The Mac does have Quicken Essentials but it's not good enough because it doesn't include the detailed portfolio tracking of the "real" Quicken. I finally settled on iBank which is good enough although still not quite up to the version of Quicken that I last used in 2011 before switching to the Mac. I was able to get all my transactions exported and imported though.
    Yeah, I absolutely agree with that. I’m still struggling to find a good replacement for Quicken...
    08-22-2013 04:21 PM
  20. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Yeah, I absolutely agree with that. Im still struggling to find a good replacement for Quicken...
    iBank isn't perfect but I've had good luck with it over the past almost two years. And I had been a Quicken user since at least '94.
    08-22-2013 04:26 PM
  21. Peter Cohen's Avatar
    The 13-inch MBA also has a PCIe-based SSD instead of SATA; the improved throughput makes a big difference in perceived speed.

    Haswell processors will make a big difference in power efficiency for the MacBook Pro and will also provide better integrated graphics performance. But don't count on a big bump in processor *speed.* Haswell chips aren't markedly faster than the Ivy Bridge processors in currently shipping MBPs.
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    08-25-2013 08:00 PM
  22. Trees's Avatar
    iBank isn't perfect but I've had good luck with it over the past almost two years. And I had been a Quicken user since at least '94.
    Slightly off topic, but since personal finance apps are a consideration when moving from Windows, thought I'd share.

    Just FYI for those using iBank, or considering a Quicken alternative. There's a companion mobile app that can synch via WiFi to the iBank instance on your Mac. I use it primarily for tracking cash expenses. I need to use iBank more consistently, but so far it's been a viable alternative to Quicken, and one less reason to use Bootcamp or similar hypervisor just to run Windows only for Quicken.
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    08-25-2013 08:50 PM
  23. Eileen89's Avatar
    The 13-inch MBA also has a PCIe-based SSD instead of SATA; the improved throughput makes a big difference in perceived speed.

    Haswell processors will make a big difference in power efficiency for the MacBook Pro and will also provide better integrated graphics performance. But don't count on a big bump in processor *speed.* Haswell chips aren't markedly faster than the Ivy Bridge processors in currently shipping MBPs.
    Thanks for the info Peter. Only problem I have with the MBA and it's a big one for me, is the lack of Retina display. Once you get used to Apples Retina display it is very hard to go back. Apple will probably add a MBA with Retina, but I don't think it will be soon.
    08-26-2013 05:22 AM
  24. Donnee's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat on this one, all but set on grabbing a macbook in the next few months (only decision I'm a bit stuck on is air or pro). I've been a windows user for years and built a load of different pcs, but these days I'm getting away from the gaming side and growing up a bit (booooo!) most of what I do is browser / text based work wise, with a bit of photo editing thrown in.

    Had a play about with a friends 2013 13" air and found it really good to use, to say I haven't touched a mac in a good few years it's surprising how much came flooding back. Was really impressed how well it handled the likes of diablo 3 for such a small machine, although I can't help but think the new pros with the haswell chips will be something special? (Not sure how the retina display will hamper graphics though?)

    So yeah, guess that's me impatiently waiting for the announcement so I can decide what to go for, wallet says air, geek says shiny shiny
    10-09-2013 02:37 PM
  25. Eileen89's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat on this one, all but set on grabbing a macbook in the next few months (only decision I'm a bit stuck on is air or pro). I've been a windows user for years and built a load of different pcs, but these days I'm getting away from the gaming side and growing up a bit (booooo!) most of what I do is browser / text based work wise, with a bit of photo editing thrown in.

    Had a play about with a friends 2013 13" air and found it really good to use, to say I haven't touched a mac in a good few years it's surprising how much came flooding back. Was really impressed how well it handled the likes of diablo 3 for such a small machine, although I can't help but think the new pros with the haswell chips will be something special? (Not sure how the retina display will hamper graphics though?)

    So yeah, guess that's me impatiently waiting for the announcement so I can decide what to go for, wallet says air, geek says shiny shiny
    I know what you mean. If the MBA had a faster updated processor my decision would be much easier. Since posting this question, though, I am thinking I might just get the iPad 5 and see how that works for me. I might not need a computer as much as I thought I did.
    10-09-2013 05:04 PM
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