What kind of performance do you expect in a laptop? Do your “must haves” include:
- Fast startup
- Applications that load quickly
- Long battery life
- Top-notch camera and display
- Built-in hard drive encryption
- Built-in password management
- Automatic security screening for downloaded apps
- No preinstalled adware or spam
- Ability to run locally installed office productivity software
- Preloaded productivity and creativity apps
If so, get a MacBook Pro for your law practice. Hands down. The reality is that Macs are difficult, if not impossible, to outshine.
Aren’t Macs more costly? It depends on your point of view. In the short run, a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $1999, but in the long run I doubt you’ll regret the features or investment in quality. In this age of security issues, privacy concerns, and data breach worries, the free (and incredibly easy to use) hard drive encryption is reason alone to pic a Mac.
Even Before Superfish Lenovos Weren’t the Greatest
Just before the Superfish adware/spam scandal came to light, my husband decided he wanted a new laptop. He thought he found a great deal on a Lenovo that had a reasonably fast processor and a decent graphics card.
Within a week’s time, he returned the Lenovo to Best Buy. To their credit, it was a no hassle process. Why did he take the Lenovo back?
- It was incredibly slow to boot, a long-standing problem for Windows OS. [For kicks, compare the discussion about boot times on Apple Support Communities to this thread on Microsoft Community. The Apple folks are miffed about waiting 30-60 seconds; the Windows users are experiencing delays of 20+ minutes. It’s all about perspective.]
- The apps were slow to load.
- He detested Windows 8.1.
- The keyboard started acting up. Specifically, the Windows Logo Key developed a mind of its own. It worked only when it felt like it.
- The touchpad was a pain.
- He didn’t like the camera.
Why did he buy the Lenovo in the first place? In part, because a family member (not me) swayed him in that direction. He also thought he needed a laptop running Windows OS to meet specialized software needs. (Incorrect.) This is old news, but let me reshare: users can run any Windows program using Mac’s Boot Camp utility.
From the moment my husband opened his MacBook Pro with Retina Display, he’s been in love. And kudos to the Apple Store personal setup station – they helped configure the hard drive encryption, iCloud keychain, iCloud drive, and other settings. (You won’t get that help anywhere else.)
I Told You So
I’ve said it before: Once You Go Mac, You Never Go Back, so why would you fuss with a Windows OS laptop to begin with? I am an even greater fan of Mac now after my husband’s experience. If I left my job today to reenter private practice, I’d buy my own MacBook Pro in a heartbeat. (P.S. Office 365 runs like a dream.)
Can it Get Any Better? Yes it can!
One of the best parts of using a Mac in the law office is Macs in the Law Office (literally). MILO is 4,500+ members strong and “the premier source for lawyers who want to maximize the use of Macs in their law practices.” Great people like Ben Stevens (aka The Mac Lawyer) and Jenny Stevens (Mrs. Mac Lawyer) have made it happen. Bottom line, nothing holds you back when you’re a Mac user.
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