So, I made the plunge into using a Mac with Apple’s own silicon. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months, weighing pros and cons. Today, I flipped the switch.
I have a 2017 iMac on my desk as I type this. It’s a decent computer. The display is absolutely gorgeous. I won’t even say it’s showing its age, as I believe the thing was just a little sluggish to begin with. I’ve seen the reviews and demonstrations of just how fast the M1 Macs are. I’m used to that kind of speed with my iPad Pro and my iPhone. When I launch an app, I see no reason why it shouldn’t load instantly. The iMac was becoming frustrating to use because of this.
Add in the fact I wouldn’t mind a little extra portability and I felt like I reached a tipping point with this machine. So, I looked into how much a trade-in on that machine would be and found it still would take a substantial amount off the price of a baseline M1 MacBook Air, which I picked up this afternoon.
My first impressions of this machine are “holy shit!”. One of the slowest apps on my iMac was Apple Music. We’re talking it would take 30 seconds for that app to load on screen. On the MacBook Air, the icon makes one bounce and the app is on-screen and ready to go. This is how I expect things to work.
One thing I’ve noticed is the screen size. It’s great with the MacBook in my lap. It’s on a desk where I notice the disparity. I’m somewhere between getting an external 27” monitor paired with a laptop stand like 12 South’s BookArc, or just going with a laptop stand like the Curve from 12 South.
One other adjustment is the keyboard. When I’m mobile, I’m used to typing on the Magic Keyboard for the 11” iPad Pro. That said, I think I enjoy the MacBook in my lap better. Between the bigger base and the bigger keyboard, it seems to suit the scenario of typing in my lap. While on the go, I think the iPad Pro will still be my primary travel machine.
Overall, I’m happy with the new machine so far. Absolutely no regrets in my purchase today.