Mac Vs. PC Laptops

I can rarely go a day without talking to someone about Mac vs. PC. I think we are, unfortunately, in a very weird time in this competition especially for laptops. I'll be honest: I don't ever intend on buying a PC laptop again.

But I also don't recommend you buy a new Macbook or Macbook Pro either.

Here's the deal: as many of you may know, Apple majorly biffed the newest release (2017) of the Macbook Pro. It is a device that has been panned by critics, users, developers, video editors, pretty much everyone. I have used them numerous times and I have to say, compared to my 2014 Macbook Pro, the trackpad is about 10 - 20% better. Unfortunately, the lack of an escape key or tactile buttons, replaced by the touch bar, severely bothers me. If that's not the case for you, and you are fine with the touch bar, then I still have some issues with the new MBPs.

Apple has not upgraded their hardware in some time. Spec for spec, the 2017 Macbook Pro is only marginally better than a 2014. When my little brother entered college in 2016, I advised him to purchase the older model. It's cheaper and more usable. It really is that simple. 

So why not buy a PC laptop?

Well if you love Windows, then this can be an acceptable choice. I have realized that I would prefer to spend a lot upfront and have a durable laptop I can depend on for years. I still use my MBP on a daily basis with no problems. In my past, I have not found the same of PC laptops, which tend to really degrade after 2 years or so of use. It's everything from the inferior trackpad, keyboard, case, and even the hinge (how many taped up PC laptops have you seen?). A PC laptop is a worse investment in terms of time, but they can also be dramatically cheaper. If you need a lot of performance and don't mind lugging around a heavy, ugly machine, a PC laptop can offer a lot of bang for your buck. 

In short, this is simply a bad time for buying laptops that last. No one wants to buy an old Macbook Pro or a Macbook Pro with severe usability problems (and virtually no improvements). PC laptops have their place, but most of us wants machines that last a long time and have really nice displays (another huge Apple perk). If you're in the laptop market, I would go with a cheap laptop PC, whatever fits your needs, and purchase a warranty on it. 

If you can wait, PLEASE wait. I can't wait to see what Apple does with the next Macbook Pro. 

Oh, and if you're considering a Macbook - personally, I feel that these are a huge rip-off. Get an older Macbook Pro instead. The new Macbooks are extremely weak in the specs department. Don't bother. Let me know if you have any questions. 

5 mac OS Tricks You May Not Know

Hot on the cusp of purchasing my iMac Pro, I have gotten back into the full swing of optimizing my Mac and learning tons of new tricks. One shocking thing about tiny tricks, power users tend to know them all, but sometimes a novel one can change a beginner's life! 

Here's some tricks you may or may not know!

SCREENSHOTS: Command + Shift +  4 (But wait... there's more)

This lets you take a picture of ANY part of the screen. By default, macOS then labels the picture the precise time and leaves it as a .png on your Desktop. This is all well and good, but most advanced computer users begin to realize that the Desktop can easily become a nightmarish hellhole of files and projects.  Another issue is that .pngs aren't really great files. They're considerably larger than jpegs and especially if you're working on a small drive, that extra data can really add up.  Fortunately, there's a great tool you can use to customize both of these features. Download Tinker Tool (free) and voila, your screenshots can go to wherever you want them, and you can convert them right into JPEGS! Sweet. (note: if you're choosing your image file type in Tinker Tool,  the correct JPEG is JPEG-JFIF not JPEG-2000, which is a weird file). 

MOVE INSTEAD OF COPY: Hold Command + Drag & Drop

If you're like me and have tons of huge video files, you are constantly in a battle against storage. Once you start moving instead of copying and pasting, you can save yourself the extra step of having to delete files that you just copied! Also, you can lose that painful paranoia of "wait, did I just delete that?! Oh my God, what if I didn't move it!" You did move it. Because you used the move command, baby.

MOVE UP A DIRECTORY(S): Right Click Top of Finder Window

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You'll notice that at the top of every Finder window, it tells you where you are. Simply right click this and a little menu will appear that will let you hop into any of the files above it. Sweet!

REMAP FUNCTION KEYS: System Preferences

Maybe you're like me and adjusting the volume and brightness on your Mac generally isn't something that needs a dedicated key at all times of the day. For me, I'd rather use those Function keys for fun shortcuts with one minor cost: one has to press "fn" in order to change their brightness, volume, etc. Hit the Apple logo in the top left of the screen, system preferences, keyboard, and then CHECK the box that says, "Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys." Then click the "Shortcuts" tab, right below "Keyboard" at the top of the System Preferences panel. Now the F keys are free to do whatever you want! I use F1 and F2 to switch desktops, for instance. This is even more useful in apps like Premiere Pro where left hand buttons are precious!

OPEN FINDER, OPEN SPOTLIGHT: Command + Option + Space, Command + Space Respectively

Who doesn't need to open finder 100 times a day? Simply hit Command + Option + Space and a new Finder Window opens up. Start typing immediately - the windows opens with your caret (the little type-y line) in the search. Command Space is just as good! It opens up Spotlight, which is a great way to search for apps quickly.

 

Hope you found these tips helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or issues!

 

 

 

iMac Pro Review

I recently reviewed the iMac Pro (vs. iMac 2017 vs. high-end Windows 10 PC). Check out the full review at Heavy.com, or watch the short video below. Since the video below was primarily shot on the iMac Pro, you can guess which device I found to be the most suitable for modern video production 😃.