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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

No Mac for You!

Michael Rockwell in response to my piece about buying a PC tower:

Ten years ago, I suspect Matt would have ended up with a Mac Pro. Perhaps begrudgingly since it was a bit over his budget, but at least he would have had an option that was attainable. The current Mac Pro is just too darn expensive for a large swath of Mac users that previously would have considered it as the best option for them.

I think he's absolutely right. I would have bit the bullet and paid a bit more to get a nicer enclosure and the software I much prefer. 15 years ago when I went to college, I kind of assumed I would eventually get a Mac Pro because it wasn't that much more expensive than the $2,500 laptop I just bought.

The Mac Pro of 2020 is a fantastic machine, and for people who need that sort of power and can put up that sort of cash, it's wonderful...but I'm not in that group. As I laid out in my original piece every Mac Apple sells today has at least one fatal flaw for my needs, which is really unfortunate.

Mike also says:

He ended up purchasing a PC from Dell. And this is someone that has been using Macs for decades. If that doesn’t tell you how dire the situation is, I don’t know what will.

I will say that I might be a special case, as the iPad remains my primary machine, with the desktop being a secondary device. If I was buying a laptop today, it would 100% be a MacBook Pro. But since Apple has a far better portable machine for me, that isn't a need I currently have from their Mac lineup.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.