That is a sentence you rarely hear a writer utter. Most writers love their Macs. We’re trained to them. I don’t know about the rest of you, but back in college, when working for the college papers, all we ever used were Macs.
At the risk of upsetting Mac and iFans everywhere, please hear me out. My issue has nothing to do with worshiping the other team. I have a very sound argument behind why I hate my Macbook Pro.
First you should know that I really do believe all operating systems are created equal. For a writer, like me, and for what I use my computer for — THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. I don’t have any issue with Windows, I like Linux Mint (though Ubuntu seems more streamlined) and I’m totally down with the Lion OS.
On my Windows and Mac machines I use the EXACT SAME software. Both MS Word and a little program (that first came out for Mac) called Scrivener. I also use Calibre and Sigil (which comes in both OS flavors).
My Dell (Windows) laptop, our Linux laptop, and the Mac laptop all have onboard video, can all connect to the interwebs via wi-fi at similar speeds. Our Linux machine is one of those tiny netbooks, which makes it impractical for anything except traveling – so we’re going to exclude it from this argument entirely. Especially since I don’t use it for writing.
My Dell laptop (running Windows), has a full size keyboard, a 17.3 inch display, and backlit keys. All of these things VERY helpful for a writer. I can be mobile, I can have a full size keyboard (without having to attach another keyboard) and the monitor is big enough that I don’t have to strain my 40-year-old eyes to see what I’m working on. Plus, I can see what the hell I’m doing when I’m typing in the dark, which happens more often than you’d think. This machine cost about $1K fully loaded back when my husband bought it two years ago.
My MacBook Pro late 2011 build has a 13″ screen and a keyboard 2/3 the size of the one on my Dell. The keys themselves are a bit smaller as well, and there’s an odd space between them. While the keys on the Mac are backlit, too, there is no 10 key (which I also use more often than you’d think) and my fingers are constantly tripping over themselves when I try to type. Not to mention I have to squint at the screen to see what I’m doing. This little machine, barely larger than our netbook, cost me a little over $1K , and that was the sale price so they could get rid of the old models.
Here’s the difference in pictures since I’m not so sure the problem will be immediately evident to those reading this: