Sony T13 laptop

Sony T13 laptop

I  am a Switcher

Over the years there has been a great deal written about “switchers“. These are people wh have used PC’s for years who decide to move over to  Apple. I was one of these for the last few years. It was probably about the time of  Windows Vista that I decided to change. I had stuck to Apple though the early days of Windows 7 and watched with interest what was happening with Windows 8.

As you will have read from me earlier article (here) I started playing around with Windows 8 (on the Mac using Parallel’s) and liked what I found. It seemed very stable and once you got use to the Metro interface it becomes very slick. It was around this time that I realised I need to update my MacBook.

 Switcher to Apple

I purchased the MacBook back in 2007 and it has been a really effective tool and served me well. However I was getting to the point where certain applications could not be installed on it due to the chip used. This was really a pain and got me thinking that this wasn’t the first time I had been “let down” by the hardware used by Apple. The same thing happened with my old G5 desktop. I wont get too much into what I think about the Apple eco-system and how they treat their consumers, thats for another article, another day.

Anyway back to the thrust of this article. I decided to look around and initially did the Mac Versus PC comparison.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the latest MacBooks and the Air models to me seem to be designed for the “trendy” user.

A Switcher and Proud

I then looked into the idea of a touch screen Windows 8 machine. Looking at the market I went and tried some and have to say I loved the way they worked. It somehow feels natural to go between the keyboard and the screen and having major controls on the left and right of the screen works really well.

Whilst there has been a lot of criticism around the Metro interface I have to admit I like it. It is very straightforward and easy to use and very slick. I have now had my new laptop (Sony VAIO T13 Silver) for around a month and I have to say I am delighted by its performance and feel provided by Windows 8.

Another key observation to make here is if you can try the new Office 2013 as well, this is a real improvement on the old Office versions and it just feels that this is the best version yet. The interface is slick and very pleasing and the way the cursor moves and looks is very different.

Apple really needs to think about what it does next as Microsoft seems to have got it right with the latest version of Windows. If the hardware manufacturers get their act together there could be some really good hardware on offer over the next few years.

So there you go I am a switcher and proud of it – but not in the way you would expect!!