Home

 › 

Products

 › 

Reviews

 › 

I Abandoned My MacBook Pro for this PC and Didn’t Hate It

Macbook to PC

I Abandoned My MacBook Pro for this PC and Didn’t Hate It

For as long as I can remember, I used Windows PCs at home, school, work, and everywhere else. It wasn’t until the last 5 years that I dedicated myself to the Mac and by extension, the Apple ecosystem. Today, Apple and the MacBook Pro pretty much dominate my home but there was one thing itching at me that I wanted to try. I’m a console gamer through and through, but the more I look at Steam store sales and see incredible deals, I think about making the switch to PC gaming

The allure of having just about every game I want that’s recent plus all of my childhood favorites on one computer was too powerful of a pull. So, I ordered a PC and decided I would try it out and if everything worked out, potentially abandon my MacBook Pro for good. After all, who needs two computers? As it turns out, my experience was interesting, to say the least.

Will I stick with the PC or come back to my trusty Mac? Keep reading to find out more about my Mac to PC journey. 

Best Laptop
ASUS ROG Strix G15 Gaming Laptop Advantage Edition
$1,379.00
  • 15.6" 165Hz QHD (2560 x 1440p) display
  • 8 cores AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX
  • Radeon RX 6800M
  • RGB backlit keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • IR sensor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
03/11/2024 04:41 am GMT

Making the Switch

Files

In many cases, making the switch from Windows to Mac and vice versa is a herculean task. All of your files, folders, documents, and more need to be moved. The thing is, I live in the cloud so everything I have is backed up in Google Drive or Dropbox. Before the cloud detractors come after me, I also have an external hard drive that serves as a physical backup. In this case, moving all of my important folders and files was relatively easy. I just made sure everything I needed was backed up on my MacBook Pro and downloaded on my new PC. It was quite seamless. 

MacBook to PC
File management on a PC isn’t as intuitive as on a Mac, but it gets the job done.

Applications 

The same can’t be said for applications as this was a bit more challenging. Finding apps for PC is easy through the Microsoft Store or going directly to app developer websites. The more difficult part was finding applications that were a one-to-one match on Windows. Things like Shottr, my favorite MacBook Pro screenshot application, or Mimestream, my Gmail app on Mac all needed replacements.

I did find ShareX for Windows and the default email app to replace Mimestream. As I’m technically savvy, I can easily find replacement applications for my apps. However, I can see this being more of a challenge for the less technically inclined.

MacBook to PC
Downloading ShareX was one of the first apps I grabbed from the Microsoft Store.

How PC Is Different from Mac

Hardware Pricing

Perhaps the most notable aspect of my switch to Windows was discovering just how less expensive the options are for PC ownership. I wasn’t unaware of this, I am a tech writer after all, but it’s different when you are choosing for yourself. I ended up going somewhat more expensive because I wanted to play a suite of games. There are plenty of gaming PCs you can find for less, something we cover on this website, but I wanted to go bigger. 

The thing that I noticed while researching is how you can go less expensive and still come away with a great Windows computer. While I spent what I spent, someone could spend hundreds less and likely still come away with performance that might be arguably equal to me. Honestly, I paid a little more because I like the fancy RGB lights of the ASUS ROG Strix G15 frame and Wi-Fi 6 capability. 

In the world of Apple, you can expect to pay a premium so you come in knowing you are doing so. In this case, I made a conscious decision to spend more to get a better-performing machine. However, I could have spent half as much and likely still played the majority of the games I wanted to jump into. 

More Customization 

One of the most immediate things I knew I could do as soon as I brought home my new PC laptop was customize it. If I want to add more RAM, I’ll just do it. The same goes for additional storage space. Unfortunately, in the case of my MacBook Pro, WYSIWYG. There is virtually nothing Apple lets you do after you bring a laptop home. This might be okay for millions of customers who don’t care to perform upgrades after purchase. For me, the ability to customize my laptop to keep it performing well is a huge incentive to go PC. 

MacBook to PC
There is almost no chance you will ever find RGB lighting installed on a Mac computer.

Gaming

It should come as no surprise that when it comes to gaming, Windows and the PC world dominate the non-console space. Apple is working to make inroads into the gaming world with the iPhone 15 and updates to its Swift platform, but it’s going to take time before Apple has a serious foothold in the computer gaming world. On the other hand, Windows has long conquered gaming and this goes back to a time when DOS was the dominant system. 

App Selection 

While my MacBook Pro has a great selection of apps that are Mac-only, it is known that many apps think Windows first. The size of the audience difference between Windows and Mac is substantial, so it makes sense that developers think Windows first. Because of this, I’m often left out when it comes to new apps being developed. Many developers will rarely choose Mac first unless they are dedicated Apple users. Instead, it’s more likely that big giants developing important software will cater to the largest possible audience first. 

Macbook to PC
The Microsoft Store offers a great selection of downloadable apps.

Window Management

One of the biggest considerations I had with switching to a PC was my experience with my work laptop and window snapping. What requires a separate tool on the Mac is built right into Windows. There is just something magical about window snapping that makes multitasking a breeze on PC. Having the ability to put two windows side by side, whether it’s an app or browser is just magical. I loved having this option on my PC and it required absolutely nothing on my end to implement. 

MacBook to PC
Window snapping on a PC is a superior window management feature.

Did the PC Actually Work? 

So far I have made it sound like switching to PC was a breeze. The real challenge for me came after I installed files and was my first big annoyance. There is something about the way my MacBook Pro handles gaming accessories or computer peripherals that just works. You plug something in like an external hard drive and it just appears in your Finder app. This is quite different from Windows as I had to spend 30 minutes trying to find the right drivers for my printer. Wow, what a headache. 

A lot of PC owners make jokes about Apple’s claim its hardware “just works.” The reality is this isn’t always true and it’s more marketing than anything else. However, I can say there is some truth to it as I was immediately frustrated trying to add something as basic as a printer to my PC. Spending 30 minutes to add a printer is just crazy. 

Separately, I discovered that downloading apps wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. Yes, the Microsoft Store is good enough but many developers seem to have skipped this method. This makes sense and I know plenty of Mac developers do the same. However, I found the Microsoft Store to be lacking and the overall experience of installing apps or equipment to be less enjoyable than with my MacBook. 

Gaming on PC Works So Well

While installing a printer soured my initial experience with my Windows computer, gaming did the opposite. Gaming is just so great on Windows that I’m sorry I didn’t pick up a Windows machine sooner. Being able to install Tie Fighter on the Steam store and relive my childhood just brings an ear-to-ear smile to my face. The same can be said for when I install Command and Conquer as well as newer titles like Grand Theft Auto V. 

Outside of the computer’s gaming sound like a jet engine, gaming worked great. I was able to tweak some settings just to experiment with the best frame rate, but there is no way to have the same experience on a Mac. It’s just a fact of life, Apple is way behind in the gaming world. I’m hopeful Apple can catch up as competition is good, but they are behind for now. 

Between Steam, GOG, Green Man Gaming, Humble Bumble, and Itch.io, you have so many different places to get games. It’s almost overwhelming if it wasn’t so awesome. This huge selection opens the door to sales, sales, and more sales to pick up games on the cheap. I just love this. 

MacBook to PC
As soon as I installed Steam, I had games available to play from past purchases.

Will I Stick with the PC? 

Look, I love my MacBook Pro and I was not convinced by my Windows purchase that I could drop it completely. Instead, I think I’m going to live in a side-by-side world with my MacBook as my daily driver. The ASUS ROG laptop will serve as my primary gaming machine but also as a secondary computer.

As I am a tech writer, having both operating systems opens the door to doing different kinds of work. Because of this, I can justify the cost as a business expense. This said, I appreciated how Windows 11 felt and I came away with a great impression, minus installing a printer.

As much as I love gaming, I love being productive more and my workflow is (currently) better with my MacBook Pro. Still, things like window snapping are top notch on Windows and make it worth using. Windows 11 is also the best Windows experience I have had in years, so that’s something.

Best Laptop
ASUS ROG Strix G15 Gaming Laptop Advantage Edition
$1,379.00
  • 15.6" 165Hz QHD (2560 x 1440p) display
  • 8 cores AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX
  • Radeon RX 6800M
  • RGB backlit keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • IR sensor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
03/11/2024 04:41 am GMT

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best reason to move from Mac to Windows?

For me, the single best reason was kicking the door wide open to a huge gaming selection. 

Are Windows laptops more affordable than MacBooks?

For the most part, there are dozens of laptops you can buy for less than a MacBook. 

Can you easily transfer all of your files from Mac to Windows?

Absolutely! The easiest way is to save everything in a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox. 

What kind of games can you play on a Mac?

There are many games in the App Store on the Mac but it pales in comparison to Windows. 

Where is the best place to get a Windows computer?

Ideally, you would purchase on Amazon as it has the best selection and pricing. 

To top