I've been a Mac user for over a decade but I'm lacking enthusiasm towards the recent wave of computers that Apple released (the disappointment started at least two or three years ago).
Gone is the advantage they had with the first Intel based Macbook Pros in terms of quality and durability (Windows wasn't great also at the time and I was tired of Linux on the desktop).
My 2012 Macbook Pro 13" is still working well, a testament of such quality but... "times are a changing".
My feeling is that Apple has neglected their computers to focus on the smartphones. Nothing wrong with that, they are a private company, they can focus on whatever product they want.
My computer is starting to show its age, so I'm thinking about changing it in 2019.
Thanks to some discussions on dev.to, some articles and the Windows Subsystem for Linux I'm keeping an open mind on the idea of switching back to a PC and Windows 10.
I have to admit that I'm a little scared about going back to Windows. I hated Windows for a long time as a user and everytime I'm in front of a Windows computer my initial reaction now is more or less "how do I operate this thing? What happens if I click this? Do they still have viruses?". I firmly believe macOS is much simpler to use but if millions of people are fine with Windows, I'm sure I'll survive too I guess.
Yesterday I also watched this review from one of my favorite youtubers, Sara Dietschy, and I was quite impressed:
(She's been slowly switching away from Apple laptops and workstations as she mostly does video editing)
Today I tried to compare the Dell XPS laptops (13" and 15") with equivalent configurations of MacBook Pros and well... MacBook Pros prices are a little too much in my opinion.
This is a comparison table I made with Notion:
Dell XPSs are 1549€ and 1769€, MacBook Pros are 2270€ and 2417€. 700€ of difference 😱 And Dell laptops are expandable too, so you can put 32 GB of RAM and increase storage in the future.
The biggest hardware quirk of the Dell XPS is the placement of the webcam (at the bottom!?), but MacBook Pros have that ghastly touch bar and the weird butterfly keyboard people like to complain about. Dell XPS 15" model, for almost 700€ less, has a 4K touchscreen, a SD card and... different types of ports (requiring less adapters and dongles).
Do you think 2018 MacBook Pros models are overpriced? Am I missing something?