This question reigns when it comes to deciding what kind of laptop to buy so you can work on the go: Go cheap or go expensive?
After working on the various laptops in our office (All different since they’ve been accumulated over the past few years for different reasons or users)…
Samsung Chromebook XE500C13 (Less than $200)
Hewlitt Packard Notebook 15-bs038ne (Around $600)
Acer N15Q1 (Less than $500)
…(I’ll stop there because I’m sure you don’t want to know about the used Dell we bought 2 years ago or the 6-year-old Lenovo we’ve held on to until it’s last dying breath)…we came to the cruel but true realization that most of the PCs with Windows operating systems created today are only really great for 6 months to 1 year. That doesn’t feel so good after spending anywhere from $500-$1000.
The exception is the Chromebook which is not on a Windows OS, and we’ve had less than 6 months’ use of it so far. I do love the Chromebook even though it feels like a toy and has very limited features. It’s just so easy to throw in any of my purses and tote around, and that means a lot.
The bottom line is, we started contemplating the switch to Mac products not only to be able to hold on to our devices longer term since they are built to last longer but also for the powerful programs and features they offer.
My husband does most of the heavy-duty work in our business. His is the HP Notebook that is not even 2 years old yet. He bought it for the i7 7th generation processor and Radeon Graphics, but when it comes to photo and video editing – it just isn’t enough. It lags horribly and he can’t even render a 3-minute video in less than a half an hour using Adobe applications. Needless to say that’s not efficient at all. While I’ll compare the HP specifically to the MacBook in this post, keep in mind that when it comes to PCs, the HP is pretty comparable to most of the other PC products we’ve experienced.
So a major element in answering the question about what kind of equipment invest in for your work is efficiency. If your equipment is causing you to lose time, you need to upgrade. That could mean spending more, but in the end, you should balance out since time is more valuable than money.
Finally, we’ve brought a 15-inch MacBook Pro onboard for the not so comparable price of $2,700+ and are sharing our experience to help you consider – is it something you really need for your remote business or can you continue to work with a PC?
The MacBook Pro has a 2.2GHZ 6-core Intel Core i7, 16 GB of 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM, and Radeon Pro 555x with 4GB of memory. At a glance, it specs seem similar to the HP Notebook — so what’s the difference?
After unboxing the MacBook Pro and working on it, a clear difference that can be felt between the 2 devices is quality. Its metal body and sturdy constructions are the first things you’ll note. Unlike the other device, it does not feel like a toy at all.
The MacBook has a thinner body. While a thin body is a common demand of remote workers everywhere (lightweight, easy to transport) some sacrifice comes with that demand in the case of the MacBook Pro. After long sessions of use, it gets pretty hot, and the keyboard is not comfortable with a less-than-springy feel when keys are pressed. But, we do like the keyboard’s sleek appearance and the fact that it’s lighted.
Besides being newer than the HP, Macs are known to be great for creative work that needs fast powerful processing. A PC with similar specs simply won’t -most of the time- perform the way a Mac does.
It’s also pretty exciting that our Orlando, FL area Apple store offers great customer service. Their sales reps always help you to buy practically, spending only what you need to get the job done. Also offered there (and at most if not all Apple stores) are free weekly sessions to help learn newer users learn and features and best practices to get the most out of the machine. It’s a great way really enjoy your investment as well as network.
For us, overall, was it worth it to make the switch to Mac? It’s still early to say 100% for sure but we have seen an improvement in the speed of executing our work. There’s also a noted improvement in the quality of our end products. Thus, so far, the answer I can give is that it certainly seems so.