Looking to purchase a MacBook, but can’t seem to decide if it’s the right choice? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Here, we debunk the most common Macbook myths and see what all the fuss is about; because, at the end of the day, they’re still a great buy—new or refurbished.
1. You’re only paying for the brand name
It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “You’re only paying for the brand name” when someone mentions purchasing a MacBook. It’s normally a jab at the price point, knocking on how Apple only creates products with all style and no substance—just another item purely for the aesthetic and premium ring to it, rather than the quality.
While your regular MacBook may seem unjustifiably expensive at first glance, there are other ways of looking at it. Prices are dependent on the MacBook model you’re interested in purchasing and what you’ll be using it for. In a Top 7 list of most expensive laptops to date, the article examines different laptop brands, models, and its primary use.
Some laptops with the biggest price tags are for built for gaming. Others are multifunctional devices like the Microsoft Surface Book 2, with a powerful core that makes it ideal for people who need to do software-heavy work. Macbooks, of course, are created to marry sleek design with practical heavy lifting (for the Pro models, at least) used by a variety of people from designers to developers.
2. MacBooks are only for artists
Not necessarily—though it’s undeniable that a lot of the MacBook’s features are marketed towards artists by being able to run high-powered design software. Its new upgrades, such as multitasking capabilities, also highlight its use for a variety of users.
Additionally, the Apple ecosystem’s integration makes work a seamless experience. You can transfer documents from a MacBook to another Apple device instantly with Airdrop. That’s impressive when you want efficiency in work or business for collaboration because it saves you a ton of time and effort. There’s also a lot of flexibility as to what you can do with a MacBook.
3. You can’t work with a MacBook
There’s actually quite a lot you can do on MacBooks than meets the eye. When you start a MacBook, you’re greeted with a variety of applications you can use on the go such as Keynote, Pages, Safari, iMovie, FaceTime, and iTunes. All of these equip you with the necessities and then some. This is quite a lot as opposed to other models, which still require you to download and install more software.
4. Macs and Windows are incompatible
While the Apple ecosystem is a glaringly taunting difference in itself from a new user’s perspective, it isn’t that MacBooks and Windows PC are incompatible. Nearly all staple software runs on both Mac and Windows; this includes your standard Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), Adobe Creative Suite, major web browsers, and even the latest music players like Spotify.
Plus, if you really need to run a Windows-only software, you can actually install Windows on your Mac!
If it’s about transferring files, however, there are also a couple of ways to make it work, like your usual USB port for hard drives. Granted, the newer models are limited to only one USB port, you can always spring for a dongle for some help. If you’re opposed to the idea of shelling out more, you can always turn to something a little more lightweight: cloud sharing.
5. Macs aren’t reliable
Macbooks are built with high-class quality and top-of-the-line specs. Some of the newer models might have been faulty when it comes to some functions, such as the keyboard mishap, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that MacBooks are pretty powerful devices that can last considerably longer.
One good example is buying refurbished MacBooks. In one case, instead of springing for the latest released MacBook Pro for an upgrade, the buyer opted for a relatively older model that’s been refurbished. The laptop performed perfectly with better specs than what he’s had prior, at a much less cost.
Truth be told, MacBooks get quite a lot of flak for the overpriced image it’s built over the years. There is, of course, a good reason for it to hold such a distinct status quo. Apple has combined celebrated aesthetic with a powerful machine to produce something so unique.
Luckily, despite all the myths going around on MacBooks, purchasing a refurbished model still gets you that same high-quality performance at an affordable price.
Garry Everrett is a certified technology geek. He’s always been fascinated with the technological advancements and its positive impact in the society. Aside from being a tech guy, Garry has also a passion for writing informative and educational articles.