Making the Switch?

I’m computer (window) shopping tomorrow. My PC has been on a slow path to impending doom for awhile now and hopefully admitting that will not send it hurtling into the great beyond. I’m not having the best luck with technology the last few weeks, especially printers.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking long and hard over the last several months about taking the leap over to a Mac. I’ve heard all the pros and cons more times than I care to admit, but one major sticking point for me has always been the lack of accessibility that a Mac presents . . . Except that’s totally not an issue anymore because VoiceOver is pretty darn awesome!

Thing is, I do actually need to have a PC since I’m in the rehab field and, well, I anticipate it’s easier to teach other people how to use adaptive software like JAWS if I still have access to it myself. So, it’s not like I’m abandoning ship because I hate PCs.

It’s that my main desktop is a piece of crap and upgrading it while maintaining full accessibility for my needs is actually more expensive than a 27″ iMac. The Mac will probably be more compatible with some work stuff I’ll be doing. And it takes up a ton less real estate. I want to get a new desk and redo my home office anyway, but more actual desk space is always a plus, especially since I have my monitor so close to my face. Not to mention I already use a bunch of Apple products, so things will actually talk better with one another.

However, I would also like to have the portability of a laptop, so I’m conflicted about spending a bit more on a MacBook Pro and a Thunderbolt display for that simple luxury. I’d have the same screen size as the iMac, but my history with laptops is, um, none too great. (I drop things.) So, I just don’t know how wise a decision it is to have my main computer be something that may likely get stepped on when I try and locate it after knocking it off the coffee table.

Of course, I could just wait on the MacBook altogether and get it as a secondary computer later on. (More on this another time, I think.)

Anyway, not making any decisions this second because I want to check things out in person at an Apple Store and see what set up works best for me. I don’t think there’s going to be much difference between them that it will matter, but I’d rather know well before I place my order online and have a computer shipped to my front door.

I also have to buy a new printer. Bah.

Comments

  1. Kimberly & guide dog Abby says:

    if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s often cheaper to upgrade your PC’s innards through purchasing what you need from Newegg.com than buying a whole new system at a brick-and-mortar store. My Hubs even offered to help you figure out what you need, price it, build it, and ship it you, if you’re interested. :-) Drop me an email if we can help.

    • Okay, well, I’m not really planning on getting a PC, as I noted in the post. There are several reasons, so it’s a very involved switch.

      However, as I said, I will most likely have a secondary (or even tertiary) Windows-based computer for the sole purpose of having access to JAWS for work needs. This will definitely be a laptop and they are relatively inexpensive so long as you aren’t looking for a powerhouse computer, which I’m not for this.

      As to building a PC: First, thank Tim for me for offering to build it; that’s very generous. I know a bunch of tech guys that would do the same. But it’s not really an option for me because I’m not planning to get a PC to replace my desktop, which is what needs to be replaced. And I don’t really think it would be substantially cheaper to replace just the parts anyway; my computer is five years old! (Well, it will be cheaper than buying the iMac, but such are the cons of switching to it over a PC.)

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