To help one of my daughters our I’ve fired up the Dell laptop and am currently staring at Windows 10. Thankfully most of what I do involves a web browser so I’m not that exposed to the Windows environment, but I do have a few observations…
It’s noisy in here.
My MacBooks have flash drives so they’re about as close to silent as you’re going to get. The Dell has a physical hard disk so I’ve a constant sound that’s not unlike living a few hundred metres from a busy road.
Something’s happening, but I don’t know what.
There is something going on the background, but damned if I can find it. I know this because the machine keeps freezing for a few seconds every couple of minutes.
This screen is pretty awful.
When I first bought the Dell one of the things that impressed me about it was the monitor. I thought it was bright and crisp and maybe it was in comparison to the MacBook Air 9 inch I was using at the time. Retina has spoilt me.
I’m working slightly to the left.
I’ve worked out it’s because the keyboard has a numeric keypad to the right, which has pushed everything to the left. No wonder it’s making it so damned awkward to get everything in the right place.
Keyboard is rubbish.
In fact one of the reasons why I’m having this rant is to try out the keyboard before my daughter turn up. It’s not as positive as my Macs, so I’m pressing quite hard and the space bar isn’t behaving. A lot of mistakes are happening.
It’s not bad. A bit tinny, but OK.
Yes I know I’m not comparing Apples with Apples, but it is interesting to occasionally step out of the Mac comfort zone and experience the world from a different place.
I’ve contemplated replacing my MacBook with a Windows machine because the pricing is getting out of hand. There are a few reasons why I can’t make the switch yet, software mostly, but I think this experience has shown I’m going to need to be very careful about which hardware I choose.
A keyboard and clear monitor are my lifeblood. My old Dell doesn’t cut it.