Two Days as a MacBook User

So, I’ve got my Mac, one of the newly upgraded white models rather than the spiffy aluminium ones. Here are my observations.

  • I quite like the feel of the hardware.
  • OS X is counter-intuitive for Windows users, and not logically so, oftentimes simply for the sake of being different.
  • Pointer acceleration is mandatory for trackpad and mouse, which sucks because acceleration doesn’t go where I want and actually slows me down.
  • I still hate trackpads.
  • The screen has a poor viewing angle compared to my ASUS G1S, which is pretty great from most angles.
  • The iSight camera is surprisingly high quality.
  • The standard installation of OS X has 3GB of printer drivers to ensure the “it just works” factor. This is STUPID.

So, I guess I’ll get used to it over time, but so far, I am still very much on the fence as to whether I like it or not. As a side note, this is purely a music-only Mac, I won’t be transferring anything else like email or Photoshop or whatever else.

2 thoughts on “Two Days as a MacBook User

  1. I miss photoshop on macs. I used to use a big twin-processor G5 beastie with a 21″ screen for photoshop and all the other Creative Suite bits and pieces where I used to work. Running photoshop on a PC Laptop just doesn’t quite feel as nice.

  2. I can see the benefits of the larger screen, but I guess it really comes down to what you’re most comfortable with and since I’ve grown up as a Windows user, the Mac seems alien and strange. The fact that when I download some programs, they don’t install but instead work as a mountable disk file on my desktop is just bewildering, and the lack of the right click (without control) is constantly infuriating.

    The thing that really gets me though is that it’s difficult to tell at a glance what programs you even have open, instead having to use CMD+TAB to find out. And then when some of these are open, their actual windows have vanished somewhere other than the dock, and no matter what windows I try and open, they won’t re-appear…

    I must say though, great battery life.

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