The best Windows laptop is a MacBook

And then the Best Buy salesman tossed in a suggestion I hadn’t expected: “You could always get her a MacBook.”


“Some things will look a little different. Some of the programs she works with would be different. But there’s a simple reason to buy a MacBook.”

“There is? What?”

“They last twice as long.” More here.

I guess most people look at the operating system before anything else and don’t want to try something new. I was like this years ago, but that was when there were many tasks that were very hard to do on macOS. I would never go back now.

Categories: Mac

6 replies

  1. Whenever I’m asked about purchasing a new computer, I ask what they’re going to do with it and what their experience level is. That determines not only the power but also the suggested OS. So if they’re into gaming, they probably want a Windows box. But for most other things, some sort of Mac will do nicely, especially if they’re not at all technical. Then it comes down to price.

    I have Windows 10 running in a virtual machine and I’m glad I don’t have to use it for day-to-day stuff. On the other hand, I know people who swear by rather than at, Windows.

    As for longevity, Apple gives hardware 5 years before macOS upgrades aren’t supported. At least officially, cough, cough. More important is which macOS version is required for the software you want to run. Most high level software requires Yosemite or Sierra at a minimum. I’ve never tried overriding that. Regardless, that probably gives a life of at least 10 years. My old 2009 MacBook Pro, which now runs Sierra and could run High Sierra, cough, cough, is still fine for what I use it for. And I don’t expect to have to upgrade my iMac for a good few years at least.

  2. Dumb question but is it still true if you pay as much for the Windows PC? I always thought part of the difference was the fact I would pay 1/3-1/2 as much for the Windows laptop. Though in my heart of heart I feel the Unix-ish underpinnings of MacOS accumulates a lot less cruft over the years as well…

  3. No dumb questions. You can get very cheap Windows laptops or desktops these days, well under $500. I guess they’d be the equivalent of a MacBook Air or MacBook. A decent processor but integrated graphics. And possibly with a HDD rather than an (or is it a) SDD.

    As for macOS accumulating cruft, it depends how careful you are. Certainly you need a decent App Delete that goes out and finds the various bits and pieces. Apple no longer allows anyone to put things in the system library (/System/Library) by default. And you need admin permission to put anything in the global library (/Library). The problem is that macOS upgrades don’t always clean up everything from older versions. That said, I have no idea how good or bad Windows is these days. It used to be horrible.

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