Pricey MacBook consumer: For those who simply stomped out of the Apple retailer with one other downside together with your Butterfly keyboard we have the last word repair: Purchase a PC.
Positive, we might be imply and troll you by pretending to sort headlines and sentences as if they have been typed on a MacBook (Itt wouldlook like his becaus of th lacking or caught ky poblm) however we perceive you are still shellshocked that three years after introducing the “worst product in Apple’s historical past,” Apple hasn’t modified its methods.
You must settle for two issues. The primary is that Apple will not change its stance on the Butterfly keyboard. Second: it is time to take a look at a PC laptop computer as an alternative.
The excellent news is that you have picked the proper time to sneak throughout the demilitarized zone. Having lived by way of our personal interval of totally yuck machines, PC laptops have reached a brand new zenith of efficiency, performance and sweetness that Apple followers most likely do not even know exist.
That can assist you full your escape, we’re right here to fulfill you want a Pink Cross employee, with a wool blanket and listing of 5 laptops each fed-up MacBook consumer ought to take into account.
HP Spectre x360 13
Our prime decide for essentially the most versatile laptop computer to interchange your MacBook is the HP Spectre x360 13 (accessible from HP).
It options Intel’s newest Whiskey Lake quad-core CPU, a reasonably respectable keyboard with precise key journey, and better of all: It is our prime decide for a convertible laptop computer.
You get a USB Sort-A port, so you do not have to have reside in concern of dropping your dongle. It options Thunderbolt 3, too.
It makes almost zero compromises when getting used as a standard clamshell laptop computer. Once you’re prepared for one thing completely different, the display flips round so you should utilize it in tent mode for displays, or in pill mode. As soon as you’ve got used a “actual laptop” that works as a convertible, it is actually exhausting to return to a boring clamshell design.
The Spectre x360 13 additionally gives contact and pen help, so some may be tempted to interchange their iPad with it. However whereas the Spectre x360 13’s pen system works for couch-surfing or often signing paperwork, even PC diehards will admit that it is exhausting to interchange the robust iOS ecosystem and Apple Pencil.
General, nevertheless, the Spectre x360 13 gives superior worth within the class, not simply over Apple laptops however many competing PC laptops, too.
Dell XPS 13 9380
If your view of laptop means traditional clamshell design, our top pick would likely be Dell’s XPS 13 9380 (available from Dell).
The latest version features a Whiskey Lake quad-core CPU, a top-mounted webcam (at last!), and one of the smallest foot prints around for a 13.3-inch screen. How small? You can see for yourself in the pic below where we stacked the XPS 13 9380 on an older MacBook Air 13 (with a non-Butterfly keyboard, sniff).
Although it lacks a USB Type-A port, the XPS 13 9380 makes up for it in the speed department. It eats most of its PC rivals for lunch, and it stomps on today’s MacBook Air. In fact, it’s so fast, it’ll give even the MacBook Pro 13 with its higher-performance CPU a decent run for the money. With a great keyboard and trackpad, you’re unlikely to look back.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
If you’re a MacBook user looking for something that stands out from a sea of silver brushed-aluminum laptops, you should take a hard look at Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 (available from Microsoft).
Sure, you’re trading All-Controlling Apple for All-Controlling Microsoft, but it’s really a lovely laptop, with an outstanding keyboard and that distinctive Alcantara keyboard deck.
We have to say: It’s pretty hard to beat Microsoft keyboards and trackpads today, with their generous key travel and glass-smooth surface, respectively. It’s almost like, well, Apple took everything it learned about laptop keyboards and trackpads and traded it to Microsoft in the off-season.
The biggest knock against the Surface Laptop 2 might be the use of the Microsoft Surface charger instead of the far more common USB-C PD plugs. But if you really miss Apple’s MagSafe connector that popped off if you tripped on it, the Surface connector does the same thing. So yes, potential MacBook expats, consider this your Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
MacBook fans who like to go big or go home should take a long, hard look at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 (available from Microsoft). Sure, some will tell you a 360-degree convertible does everything a Surface Pro does, but where the Surface Pro shines is in tablet mode. You can legit use the Surface Pro 6 as a tablet replacement—if you can live with the fact that the pure tablet app support is still average at best. But the good news is you get full support for all the classic apps in use on the PC.
We really like to say the Surface Pro 6 (and clones of it) is for people who use a PC more than 50 percent of the time in a tablet mode. If you tend to use your PC as a laptop and actually on your lap, then the Surface Pro 6 isn’t your first choice.
Like the Surface Laptop, The Surface Pro 6 uses the proprietary-but-magnetic Surface connector. The most important thing: if you have keyboard problems (and we know of none), you can just buy a new keyboard and drive on.
Huawei Matebook X Pro
If all this time you thought Dell or HP were trolling Apple, you were wrong. Dell and HP have long forgotten about Apple. Instead, it’s an up-and-coming PC maker that makes the MacBook killer, specifically, the Huawei Matebook X Pro (available from B&H).
It’s reasonably priced and has a full travel keyboard. But even more, for $1,500 you get a quad-core Core i7 CPU, GeForce MX 150 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.
Want to complete the epic troll of your MacBook friends at the next Apple Computer User Group meeting? Just slap an Apple sticker over the logo on your new PC’s lid and don’t say anything.