Why I'm Ditching My MacBook Pro for the MateBook X Pro

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Ever since 1998, when I won an iMac in a high school raffle, I've been firmly entrenched in Apple's world, and I thought I was never going back. But even though my 2012 MacBook Pro, the first Retina Display model, is my favorite tech purchase ever, I'm getting tempted by a stellar Windows 10 PC: Huawei's MateBook X Pro.

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But why am I preparing to leave my favorite laptop ever, which runs all the Mac-exclusive apps I love? And what kind of PC could convince me to leave Apple after 20 years and give Windows 10 (which I don't even like) a chance?

Apple doesn't make MacBook Pros like it used to

The clock is ticking on my MacBook Pro, which I bought the day it was announced: June 20, 2012 (my old iBook had just died). That means my current computer is turning 6 years old this Wednesday. And while I want it to last — 6 years is admittedly a decent lifetime for a laptop — it's showing its age, taking longer to wake from sleep and having those rainbow-beach-ball processing delays.

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Buying a new MacBook is difficult, though, as Apple moved away from the MacBook Pro design I love and embraced a thinner, but quite problematic design.

How bad is it? There are a ton of people complaining about Apple's keyboards, whose butterfly-style switches fail in the face of any detritus, including dust. In fact, Apple faces a pair of class-action lawsuits (1, 2) that argue that the keyboards are prone to failure when "minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key" and that Apple knew about this defect "at or before the time it began selling these models to the public."

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Another major issue with the new MacBooks is that Apple went all in on the new USB Type-C ports. Unfortunately, most of my hardware is still using the boxy, Type-A USB 3.0 port, which means buying — and carrying — a multiport dongle adapter is an annoying necessity.

Enter the MateBook X Pro

After three years at Laptop Mag, I finally found a PC laptop that seemed like a suitable replacement when I reviewed the Huawei MateBook X Pro this past April. Not only does it sound like a MacBook Pro, but it looks like one, too, with tapering edges, Space Gray and silver options, and a minimal shiny logo in the center of its lid.

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The 2.9-pound MateBook X Pro also offers what I like about the modern MacBook Pro (namely, a fingerprint reader in the top right corner of the keyboard) but avoids what I dislike. First of all, the Touch Bar, that sliver of an OLED touch screen that nobody's found a good use for, is absent, replaced by the physical escape and function keys we all use.

And speaking of keys, the MateBook X Pro has a keyboard I actually enjoy using. This is because its keys feature traditional mechanisms and not the butterfly switches that Apple uses. That means the keys actually feel like they're moving up and down when you type and not as if you're pecking at hard plastic. Also, the MateBook X Pro's keys feature 1.1 millimeters of vertical travel, which is taller than the 0.8mm in the 15-inch MacBook Pro's keys.

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The MateBook X Pro's touchpad is also better than Apple's, a statement I'm still shocked to type after MacBooks spent the better half of the last decade with the best, most-reliable touchpads. Sadly, it doesn't take much to win here, either, as the MateBook X Pro's touchpad got my vote simply because I can click down on it. Apple's Force Touch trackpad, by contrast, uses haptic feedback to trick you into thinking the pad moved. And it doesn't fool me any more.

And, oh yeah, Huawei built the MateBook X Pro with two USB-C ports and one full-size USB 3.0 port, so there's no need to worry about dongles.

So why not other PCs?

The Dell XPS 13 is Laptop Mag's favorite laptop overall, but it's not for me, with my preference for the MateBook X Pro beginning at the cash register. I've got my eye on a MateBook X Pro with a Core i7 8550U CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, which costs $1,499 right now. An XPS 13 with those same specs runs you $600 more, at $2,099.

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Also, that XPS 13 can't be configured with a discrete graphics card, whereas the MateBook X Pro packs Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, which is enough for Cuphead, the only PC game I care about. If I wanted a lot more graphics power, I could get the XPS 15, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card, but at 4.6 pounds, it weighs 1.7 pounds more than the MateBook. And just like the smaller Dell, it costs $2,099.

But what about Lenovo, which makes laptops with best-in-class keyboards? Its ThinkPad  Carbon is worth considering, and my colleague Avram Piltch of Tom's Hardware just sank his own hard-earned money into that machine. The only downsides, though, are that its similar configuration costs $434 more, at $1,934, and it doesn't have a discrete graphics card.

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And HP? The 15-inch Spectre x360 is a sleek convertible that's price- and spec-competitive. It's almost exactly what I want, but at 4.2 pounds, it's just a little heavier than what I'm looking for.

So here I go....

For the next month, I'm going to see if I can switch from life on macOS to Windows 10 with the MateBook X Pro. I've already found plenty of pain points while looking for new apps and solutions, but considering the hazy outlook on the future of Apple's hardware (even Mac app developer Rogue Amoeba agrees with me on that), I need to start testing the waters so I know what to do if my 2012 MacBook doesn't make it to its seventh year.

Oh, and Apple? I don't want to give up on you; it just feels like you've forgotten about those of us who want a good keyboard. I've seen your "Behind the Mac" videos, in which you show a series of MacBook users, including Grimes (whose music I love), enjoying your laptops, but you're leaving out a major part of the MacBook Pro user experience.

In a company-wide meeting, I saw a colleague rapidly clicking the spacebar on his MacBook Pro, trying to fix the crucially important key. Until that part of MacBook Pro ownership goes away, I have to consider all my options.

Credit: Laptop Mag

 

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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49 comments
  • Tamara Fraley Says:

    Does this have a backlit keyboard?

  • Tamara Fraley Says:

    I looked this pc up via your link. I found so many negative delivery issues I would wait many months before spending this much...it may never come

  • Markos Stephanidis Says:

    I read very little of HP laptops; and I am trying to place PH products among the different brands I have looked at. Any good word about HPs

  • Harry6 Says:

    The keyboard on the MacBooks are TERRIBLE.

    The problem is that there is insufficient key travel to provide a satisfying typing experience. It feels like pushing buttons rather than keys. There is no tactile response.

    These shallow MacBook keyboards may be fine for producing short blogs or posting on social media, but not for writing longer works - such as articles, scripts or books. (I suspect that the people who designed this keyboard never write anything longer than a two-page email).

    Apple used to make the best – most responsive - keyboards in the business. Their obsession with ‘thin-ness’ has blinded them to the pitfalls of shallow key travel.

    As one writer on The Verge wrote, ‘The ultra-flat (Macbook) keyboard with 0.55mm key travel is not professionally minded. Its purpose is overall thinness, but I know of no app developers, globetrotting businesspeople, or digital artists that had "more thinness" anywhere near the top of their priority list of MacBook Pro improvements. Professional writers might have asked for more tactile response, not less, and Apple's keyboard alterations seem to primarily serve to optimize and harmonize its design rather than enhance any functionality.’

    Amen to that.

    This obsession with thin-ness also resulted in the new keyboards become unreliable – it just takes a speck of dirt to make them freeze. Now Apple faces class actions and petitions for the keyboards to be recalled.

    Finally, I wish to stress that I am actually an Apple fan, with a home full of their products. But I worry when they sacrifice functionality for form, as they have clearly done with the new MacBook keyboards.

  • Jerry Suppan Says:

    You are not alone on jumping ship from the Apple Macbook Pro, and overall, in general, from Apple's walled garden. My last vestige of any thing Apple was last year (2017) when I sold my Macbook Pro (2015) on auction. It still had an SD slot for creatives and media professionals. It had HDMI, and standard USB3 Type-A ports. But at 3 years my max time limit on mobile technology, it was getting to the point of replacement time for me. Well, I made the leap to Windows 10. And as you aptly point out, there are growth pains to find apps and utilities to do things in Windows for tasks you would have done on the Mac. But I became weary of Apple always locking me down to the very few pickings they offer in the first place, merely by virtue of familiarization and acclimation to their MacOS. Think about it. The OS, be it Linux, ChromeOS, Android, Windows, MacOS, these are only the 'engines' to accomplish tasks and projects one wishes to accomplish. When you want to travel from point A to B, it does not matter if the end result or objective is accomplished using a Nissan, Toyota, or Ford. So long as you accomplish the objective to get to point B. The brand does not matter nor what engine it uses.

    Now about one year beyond my last Apple product, and replace the iPhone syndrome with Android, I am fairly well acclimated to my new environments. And there are just so many more choices, a myriad of designs, products to choose from, it is refreshing to say the least to have this freedom. Even little things like being able to connect my Android phone to my PC and have it show up as an external drive, an extension of my computer without having to route the process through propriety iTunes complying with Apple's way of doing things before I can simply do the task I want to do. So, my issues go beyond just the butterfly type keys and the matter of having all USB-C shoved at me, although both of those are issues too, not to mention Apple's typical and traditional lofty prices to tolerate this situation.

  • Dave Jay Says:

    Windows 10 is the most cumbersome piece of crap sorry excuse of an OS ever.
    If I could run Linux on a laptop I'd consider it.... With Jobs gone there's nothing new at Apple....

  • MisterE Says:

    So I picked up the i7 Matebook after seeing its release here in the US. I had a 2014 MBP and gave it to my teenager to get her through high school.
    I also use a 2016 MBP w/touchbar for work and its OK. Battery life is terrible, and I hate the keyboard. For the OS I don't like the lack of good snap window or closing apps.

    So far I find Win 10 to be surprisingly stable and speedy. Edge is a lot better than I anticipated.

    I do like the keyboard on the Matebook and the screen looks great with 3:2.

    For me the biggest adjustment is the lack of integration with the Messages App, so its a little bit more of a challenge to share links and things with friends. Maybe the Pixel 3 will prompt me to switch to Android, or the upcoming changes in SMS messaging will make it irrelevant with the YourPhone app.

    The nosecam app is pretty bad for doing a multitasking video conference but fine for a stationary event. In those cases I would be inclined to use an external cam.

    For my PERSONAL use case the OS and software change was fine. OneDrive and MS Photos is good enough for my photo/video editing.

    Mostly I browse, pay bills and occasionally stream a show if I am traveling. GSuite is my go to productivity package.
    I also don't bootleg media so I'm not really worried about viruses and malware. It's a welcome change to plug in an Xbox controller and play CupHead on the road. Fornite works pretty decently as well.

    Software is subjective but there's a learning curve to anything new. A LOT of the frustrations with Win 7 that drove me to a Mac are gone with Win 10. Like Henry I tried the XPS and was disappointed but really happy with the Matebook X Pro.

  • weeniewawa Says:

    I am sure they make a nice product but you still have to deal with windows. If you price a comparable unit between Apple and Dell, the Apple is maybe $100 more which is fine to be able to use the MacOS.

  • JohnX Says:

    If only it didn't have a nosecam.

    LOL seems my name must be longer than 5 characters to post here. So long Tim, John, Rob etc.

  • Callie Says:

    My MacBook Pro from 2006 still runs well. I have had to replace the Logic board and the RAM a few times. I put in a more powerful and spacious SSD after cloning the Mac OS. I also replaced the processor twice which isn't an easy job as it's soldered into place. But I am lazy and always broke and after replacing the Logic board which is a complete nightmare headache and time consuming, I thought it was best to replace the processor and even upgraded the processor! But not too much because I didn't want to cause system failure and everything break down and risk a fire being started. So I also made the heat sink better to accommodate the excess heat generated. I also for an extra safety precaution soldered in a few switches set to go off and turn off computer once it reaches a specific temperature reading. It's not so easy to put things like this into a laptop because of the limited amount of space you have and so not all parts I could buy. I had to forge and cast some things myself and then de-magnetize and all that good stuff.

    I am not a computer scientist. Just a maths student and theoretical chemistry and physics student researcher. I am not the best at software and better at hardware and getting things to work again. But I'm novice at programming at best. I am only good enough at it to do my work.

    I got High Sierra Mac OS to work on my 2006 MacBook Pro. I didn't think it would work but I got it to. I had to upgrade the ram up to 10 Gigs though and change a few other small things on the Logic board. I was so scared I was going to screw it up. But I thankfully did not.

    I learned how to weld, metal working, blow scientific glass, draft by hand, basic carpentry and masonry, and can design/put together anything, including schematics on a circuit board and not just large structures. I still prefer to draft by hand over autoCAD, especially the final product. It's just beaten into me I guess.

    My grandfather was a chemist and my father a chemical engineer. I was supposed to be a boy but disappointingly came out a girl... my father wanted a son but he decided he didn't want a weak ass girl so when it was discovered I had "good hands" I was put to work in their lab/shop. I loved it!

    Little to my knowledge did I know that other kids didn't do what I did. I found it strange that at school adults didn't trust me to go to bathroom by myself when at home it was perfectly fine for me to use a blow torch... weird ass world.

    But I'm being serious, in my family... we didn't throw shit away. We fixed it and fixed it and fixed it over and over. When things couldn't be fixed anymore, we just used the parts for something else. That's just how my family did things and still does lol

    I find it odd that people don't take apart their laptops and at least dust them once a month! Like, the laptop is not a closed system, it has spaces and entry points where dust particles can come in and accumulate over time. Fans and heat sinks can only do so much you know?

  • Andrew Troy Stott Says:

    Hahaha...
    Cuphead runs great on my asus q325ua, a $1000 2 in 1 with no graphics card at all.

  • Brittany Landgrebe Says:

    My last in-house contract exclusively used Windows, and I of course couldn’t work from home (security, payroll). I was also work on a side project with a Windows-exclusive program, so I added a Windows tower to my home workstation.

    Apps were also difficult to replace, but my biggest struggle was the loss of some of the Mac features that are ingrained into my workflow. Seer, Greenshot, and Sharpkeys let you add some of those, like spacebar for previewing flies in file explorer.

    I got my Windows tower a couple of months after replacing my MacBook with the newest Pro model, and now I’m considering getting rid of it, since I no longer use it as much as I used to. Thankfully, the keyboard problem hasn’t happened to it yet!

  • Diogene Says:

    In our bussines we complitly stop using Macbook (30+ devices) beginning of 2017 after almost 2 decades, performance and reliability became a real issue if you're using a Personal computer for serious working and not only to stay on Facebook at Starbucks.

  • Bob Smith Says:

    So, lacking basic computer skills such as house cleaning files, freeing up hard drive space, adding a faster and larger SSD, or just backing up and reinstalling the OS (which makes a huge difference by starting fresh and not having 6 years of cluttered files and extensions) warrants this poorly written article to buy the latest shiny laptop and bash a great product?! The author has a BA in literature, no formal education computers.

    This article should be on a personal blog. Since this article lacks technical aspects in the issues, and the author doesn't realize how simple it is to update and streamline the 6 year old MacBook.

    This article is tripe.Shame on you laptopmag!

  • Anthony Parks Says:

    I call B.S. your 2012 macbook pro has not started to show it's age, I use a Macbook pro 2009 to run different software for music creation. I have never once had my computer behave slow or if I get the spinning wheel it goes away quick and stats up perfect. The mate book pro x is a piece of junk and anyone who needs a basic computer would be better off with a Mac no matter the year. There are plenty of pc that are 100x better than the mate book pro x. You guys were definitely paid to do this review and it definitely shows that when you decided to use the mac as the one your shitting on

  • Kim S Says:

    My Mac book pro is 8 years old (2010 model and works better than ever after a hard drive upgrade.

  • Hashmaster9000 Says:

    Does it run macOS? It doesn't? Pass.

  • Jason C Says:

    I had the issue with the MacBook Pro 13.3 first Touchbar Design. I returned it and waited for the new 15.4 Touchbar with i7 Processor to hit. I think with these new ones they fixed that issue. I love my Mac and as a first time Mac user; I’ll never go back

  • Howard S Shubs Says:

    I have the 2016 MBP and don't have too many problems with the keyboard or the Touch Bar. That's because I never use either of them. I have a Matias keyboard and a Kensington Expert Mouse that are my everyday input devices. On the rare occasions that I travel, I hate the MBP's keyboard. Why can't they update the 1998 PowerBook? It was the best.

  • Brent Burpee Says:

    Congratulations on discovering there are quality PCs out there. We'll see you back on the Mac side after you realize what a nightmare Windows 10 truly is.

  • Collin Says:

    You just succinctly wrote why I moved away from my MacBook and onto a Dell XPS 15. Every one of the issues you listed broke the user experience significantly. It's like they were actively trying to push away the user base.

  • Steve Philpot Says:

    I love my MBP keyboard and TB, use it everyday!

  • Luke Cypert Says:

    You'll want to get the QuickLook app for Windows to add macOS's Quick Look feature to Windows. That's the ONLY think macOS has that Windows doesn't.

  • Sean doogie Says:

    Xiaomi Notebook pro. Best in class Windows laptop you can get. Mx150 gpu, all the ports. Entry level i5 with 8gb ram costs around 900 bucks on and less on sales. Also it's a direct copy of the MacBook pro with no logo at all on the back of it. Metal design and 8th gen Intel specs for under 1k? Get out of here!
    Only probem is you need to reinstall windows. But it's not hard at all and the licence transfers through the bios.

  • Terry Says:

    You talk about having having to use a multi port dongle adapter for the newer MacBooks (because of USB-C ports) but praise the Matebook because has 1 Type A port. Sounds to me like you would need a multi port adapter in either case so I’m not seeing that supposed advantage

  • Earl Co Says:

    Replace the battery and reinstall the OS and your 2012 MBP will feel like new again. Upgrading the SSD or adding a JetDrive will also give it an extra boost. A good reason SSDs slow down operating systems is if there's less than 10% of drive space remaining as the OS has to do more work constantly shuffling files around for swap space.

  • Wout Mertens Says:

    So you didn't actually switch yet?
    I recently tried to edit some video on Windows. Windows movie Maker no longer exists, so i tried Microsoft's Photos app, and it is a very far cry from iMovie.

    I too am disappointed in Apple lately, but software surprises like these will be sure to exist

  • danwat1234 Says:

    Why compare it with an XPS 13, when an MSI gs65vr has a 1070 max-q video card and only weighs 4 lb, and costs not much more than the XPS 13.

  • Purchase paralysis Says:

    @Irrenfekk I’d like to hear your PC recommendations. I’m a MBP user (my 2009 recently died. I accidentally killed it. RIP 😢) but I had loved my MBP experience up to that point. It had been showing signs of age however and I had already been considering an upgrade when the accident happened...until I started hearing the overwhelming complaints about the new MBPs from pretty much everyone that owned one. I knew thevkeyboard and other issues were a real problem when an Apple store tech suggested I buy a refurbed 2015 on the Apple website. I’ve actually held off on a replacement because I wanted to consider PC options as well. I’m not a tech person and don’t pretend to be. I’m the average user that appreciates a user-friendly experience but is also expanding my tech knowledge as I go. My MBP was a gift and I was already an iPhone user so the transition from a PC was easy. But I use a PC at work and since frying my MBP I’ve been using my husband’s Dell laptop. So for me if there was ever a time to switch to PC (as seems to be recommended by so many) now is it so I’m curious as to your recommendations.

  • Shaneee Says:

    Why not just install macOS on it? Dual boot with Windows and enjoy both worlds. Hackintosh wouldnbe your way forward.

  • dodoo Says:

    There's a difference between a Mac fanboy and Mac customer. I am a Mac customer and won't tolerate stupidity on Apple part, apparently you don't either. Nothing wrong with that. When my mid 2015 dies, if they have't fixed everything wrong with the current Macbook Pros, including keyboard and ports, I will walk. If Apple would license macOS (never going to happen) they'd never sell another computer.

  • Mario Says:

    I own a new rarely used windows desktop 4Ghz i7 16 Gb DDR4 SSD with 2GB gpu and an mbp 2012 2.9Ghz i7 16gb ddr2/3. Windows 10 always felt slow vs my mbp even the mbp is 6 yrs old. Windiws always at sone point will have a hardware not working like rams etc. The 2 mbps own are lighting fast as always and never slowed a bit. If your mac slows down then you did something wrng not the machine to be blamed

  • iYogaUdont Says:

    Yoga 920 w/ i7 8550, 16gb, 512gb ssd w/ FHD wasn't compared why??? My 8yo unibody MacBook heavily upgraded over official spec (8gb w/ 1tb SSD) running High Sierra just took second shelf to a new Yoga. I will use the MB as needed for macOS Development. Otherwise I am going to start Yoga

  • PaulAk Says:

    Thank you! I think you are expressing how many Mac fans feel right now. Has Apple lost its way? I’m waiting to see what they do with the new Air.

  • Technerd108 Says:

    I had a 2016 15" MacBook pro. It was thinking and light. It had a great screen and speakers. The OS is good. However the touch bar is a joke. A touch screen would be much better and it would be nice for them to implement it on MacOS. Battery life is good. That is about it. The thunderbolt ports are nice but when that is all you have it is a problem. The graphics card really for the cost is a joke. Ddr3 are you kidding me? It is 2018 and ddr4 running at 2666. Yes I know it is not meant for mobile, well put a bigger battery and problem solved. I would think pro users want power and portability. Kaby lake processor when there is coffee lake and Kaby lake R? I could go on and on but the hardware is a mess and way overpriced. I can buy a Razer 15 or Gigabyte aero 15 x with a 80 or 94 watt hour battery, Intel i7-8750h hexacore CPU, Nvidia 1060/1070 GPU, 512 nvme SSD, 16 gb ddr4 RAM running 2666, for less than what Apple charges. Sure software matters. Well I can run way more software on a PC and Windows is pretty stable and usable. Also I can get a Razer with a 4k touchscreen if I like and plenty of ports including thunderbolt. So yeah, Apple has been riding on their iPhone success and ignoring everything else. Their phone and iOS is looking kind of outdated too and people don't want to pay $1000 for a phone they will keep for 2 years. I have always liked the industrial design and OSX as it was called but now it is shadow of it's former self. Add to that the whole pro line up which is just a way to get more money. I remember when Apple kept it simple and just sold a couple options. Now it is like buying a PC but with more limitations and added cost and no real justification for either. I am no OS fanboy either as I like Linux, MacOS, Android, iOS, and Windows. I have being locked into anything and Apple tries really hard to lock you into their ecosystem. Which is why the OP has such a hard time with his decision. Just look at the many options available to you. Buy a Windows PC with some good specs, buy an iMac and be happy.

  • JTRDFW Says:

    Nothing is funnier than die hard Apple fanboys in the tech world -see comments. This is the safest Apple criticism article I think ive ever read by an author who is literally doing what he title states. And yet... it never fails.

    I like Macs just fine, own two in fact, and just 1 XPS 15 2 in 1 (and 3 PC's for some disclosure). There are plenty of valid reasons to prefer Apple. However you start getting into hardware and general business practices and the delusions really start pouring out. Some of you so obviously have no grasp of what you are pretending to talk about its astounding. Im not sure if you know that and just assume others know less than you or if you really are that far gone.

    Anyways, if you can stand Windows (and dont kid yourself, both OS's suck), the era of the premium laptop experience with the Macbook has long gone. Apple is floundering on their hardware terribly and its about as much a secret as Trump's integrity. r

  • Martin Brunet Says:

    What a dumb title. Apple haters are everywhere

  • Empress Trudy Says:

    I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I cannot recommend it as it is too fragile. I'm on the third usb/audio card and the second keyboard.

  • Irrenfelk Says:

    I'm trying really, REALLY, hard not to laugh @viewroyal, but I'm failing miserably. Why? That would be because you said this:

    "One other thing to note. It is expected that all of Apple’s laptops will be receiving major hardware updates (and probably entirely new models to replace the MB and MBA), which will likely be announced within the next few months ..."

    I've also heard that it's expected the next lunar landing will discover the moon is actually made of cheese, and that the next Mars probe will conclusively process of ve HG Wells was right and there's millions of octopoids making tripod war machines to invade our planet with heat rays.

    I used to work for Apple. Unless you were in a specific product marketing group you NEVER conclusively knew what was coming down the road. It was not unusual to come in to the office on a Monday to discover that partition walls had been moved to accommodate a group working on a product, and your card key wouldn't let you through the door to get to where your desk used to be. No explanation given other than directions to where your desk was now. I was actively encouraged to say "No" to large enterprise customers when they asked for a roadmap (and I'm talking major airplane manufacturer type large customers) which was really easy, because we didn't know either, and we were trying to sell millions of dollars worth of hardware on a quota. When the iPhone 5 was announced I was at a partner trade show and had to set up an iPad on the stand streaming General Honeycrisp (Tim Cook) announcing the product so I could answer questions about it if anyone asked. Which they invariably did.

    I had another major retailer customer who was screwed when Apple changed the physical dimensions of the iPod Touch in 2013 without any warning. They used to use them in sleds as checkout devices. Literally overnight they couldn't buy new iPod Touch units because they'd not fit in the expensive sleds any more. They ended up going to eBay to buy them. No one told them, or the sled manufacturer, or us, that this was going to happen.

    As to the MBP. I nearly wet myself laughing when the next macOS was announced as "Mojave" at this year's WWDC. I'd like to think that Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Jony Ive etc., saw the irony in naming the product, since none of the current MBP's with the butterfly keyboard will work there for more than a few minutes before suffering catastrophic keyboard problems. "Courage" as Schiller would say. Uh huh. Did you see the patent that Apple recently filed? The one with little rubber skirts around every key to prevent debris from interfereing with the the keyboard mechanism? Hmmm...

    Bottom line for me - I honestly don't care what machine or OS I use. I built a Hackintosh because Apple can't be bothered to update the Mac Mini and because the Mac Pro trash can has no expansion capability. I use a Windows 10 PC as my main system. I am not a "fanboy" of either. My perspective on technology is that I shouldn't have to alter how I want to work in order to use it and I'll use whatever allows me to acheive that. There are just too many compromises in Apple's current PC line up for me to use them as a daily driver or for me to recommend them to my family and friends, I recently told someone who wanted a MBP to go and find a 2013 model on eBay and save themselves some heartache. Yes, Apple has in the past had a better than average depreciation, but the jury is still out on that for the current MB and MBP, and I've absolutely zero complaints about the 15" Xeon 4K Dell Precision laptop I use - Dell even proactively reached out to me when they identified a potential issue with the battery and sent me a new one at no charge, that I was able to replace myself...

    Use whatever you like. If you're happy with it, great. But don't blinker yourself to the advances that are going on in the PC industry, and be prepared to have an open mind. You'll be happier in the long run...

  • Ben Norton Says:

    Bottom line. If you prefer MacOS (which I do) then changing to a PC is not an option. I would love to know the actual percentage of those who have had a major keyboard issue. You obviously have stuck with a Mac this long because of the OS. Windows 10 is just clunky. The Matebook X is a great looking laptop but it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, and the pig is Windows 10.

  • We work together. Says:

    No you're not, but nice article.

  • Michel Says:

    Had the same 15" MacBook pro as you and loved it and left Apple for the same reason as you.

    My route was a custom PC with killer specs for video editing and graphic design and a cheap, fanless Asus zenbook (was $450 at Microsoft store) total: $1500 I can do almost all my web development done on the zenbook running Manjaro Linux and anything heavy duty goes on the PC.

    Xbox streaming, Steam streaming and remote desktop only made this experience better.

    I absolutely miss some apps but I've learned to love windows (and Linux) and the price, quality and service is indeed not what it was anymore and not justifiable.

  • Speelbergo Says:

    I have the latest MacBook Pro and the touchpad does physically click down. It just has a haptic feedback, but you can turn off, too. Have fun with Windows

  • John yessis Says:

    It’s the Apple software, hardware and store support that make for a superior product.

  • RobInKeyWest Says:

    " So if someone is only concerned about specs, they would need to buy a new laptop yearly (if not monthly) to keep up with the newest laptops."

    Weird Al's got you covered:

    My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks
    But it was obsolete before I opened the box
    You say you've had your desktop for over a week?
    Throw that junk away, man, it's an antique
    Your laptop is a month old? Well that's great
    If you could use a nice, heavy paperweight

  • ViewRoyal Says:

    One other thing to note. It is expected that all of Apple’s laptops will be receiving major hardware updates (and probably entirely new models to replace the MB and MBA), which will likely be announced within the next few months. So you might want to hold off on your buying decisions for a little while longer, just in case Apple’s new hardware turns out to be a better choice for you.

  • ViewRoyal Says:

    "Sadly, it doesn't take much to win here, either, as the MateBook X Pro's touchpad got my vote simply because I can click down on it. Apple's Force Touch trackpad, by contrast, uses haptic feedback to trick you into thinking the pad moved."

    What you see as a detriment, many others see as a benefit. The trackpad on the MacBook Pro (besides being much larger than the trackpad on the Huawei laptop) uses haptic feedback very effectively.

    Some of the other benefits include: Since the MBP trackpad doesn't have a mechanical switch to register clicks, there is no mechanism to breakdown over time. Also, there is no gap around the edge of the MBP trackpad that would allow moisture and dirt to get into the interior of the laptop (as with mechanical trackpads).

    Another consideration is that most knowledgeable users have stopped using actual clicks on trackpads, which leads to carpal tunnel and repetitive stress, and instead use "tap to click" and "tap-and-a-half" to lock the cursor onto objects. So having a mechanical trackpad is really unnecessary.

    Aside from the trackpad, there is always going to be a "latest and greatest" laptop coming out, spec-wise. So if someone is only concerned about specs, they would need to buy a new laptop yearly (if not monthly) to keep up with the newest laptops. But people who use Apple laptops don't buy them because the hardware spec sheet turns them on.

    There are many other more important reasons, some of which are: macOS (you can't run macOS or Mac apps on Windows PCs); you can run both Mac apps and Windows apps concurrently on an Apple laptop; the hardware is more reliable than competitor's products, but when you need technical service from certified technicians, it is extremely easy to access in Apple Stores; Apple laptops last years longer on average than other laptops; resale value on Apple laptops is much higher than with other laptops; Apple supports its laptops and other computer products with free operating system updates for years more than competitors do with their products; and Apple's services, software, and hardware are fully integrated with both iOS and macOS platforms (rather than having separate Windows and Android platforms that are not fully integrated with each other).

    For these (and other) reasons, Apple has a much higher retention rate for its products and services than any other company.

  • Blob Jlones Says:

    Not to be overlooked is that Matebooks arrive crapware-free, showing just how good Windows 10 really is. Get the i5 version--no meaningful difference in speed and better battery life with less heat.

  • Jasmine Says:

    Now I want a Matebook; just to have the feel of a real keyboard!

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