There once was a time when even Windows PC magazines said the best notebook for Windows was a Mac. Sadly, those days are gone. Today, Apple has grown lethargic in its zeal for the 100-million or so Mac customers. What happened?
You’re Gettin’ An HP
There once was a time when we laughed at the television commercials where that funky dude cried, “Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell.” Even Dell PCs have better hardware than Macs these days. HP, too.
There once was a time when the Mac was thinner, lighter, and faster than most Windows PC notebooks. Those days are gone, too. HP named their line of premium notebooks Envy. If you like hardware, it’s easy to envy Envy. The coolest ones on my radar screen are the HP Envy 13 and Envy 17. 17? Yes, it’s what you think it is. 4K display. 3,840-x-2160 pixels. On a notebook.
Google “HP Envy” and set the Tools setting to Past Week and you’ll be treated to a bunch of articles about HP’s new hardware. Unlike the Mac, HP’s Envy line gets Intel’s 8th generation Inside and new HP x360 13 and 17-inch models have more powerful graphics with AMD Ryzen CPUs.
You can’t buy a Mac notebook with comparable hardware for anywhere close to the price tag of an HP Envy notebook. CPU, storage, graphics, size and weight– all better than Apple’s newest Mac notebooks. For what it’s worth, there still isn’t a 32GB RAM version available, so all of those MacBook Pro critics who complained the Mac wasn’t for professionals anymore need to look at competition.
I came across a standard HP News Release on the newest models.
HP Accelerates Innovation with Stunning Lineup of Premium PCs
I counted 10 new models, all with the newest Intel Inside or AMD Ryzen CPUs, faster graphics than any Mac notebook, plus a 17-inch model, a huge 34-inch curved screen All-in-One desktop, a quad-core Intel inside a 13-inch notebook, and notebook battery life that scoots up to 18 hours.
Caveats? Of course.
First, none of those envious Envy models run macOS High Sierra, Hackintosh efforts notwithstanding. What they show is that the PC industry isn’t dead, despite declining sales– HP, Dell, and even Microsoft are churning out new premium models that compete well against Apple’s best Mac efforts; especially so at the low-to-mid-range notebook and desktops.
Second, from what I can tell, all those HP models run old style, non-butterfly mechanism keyboards used in Apple’s notebooks. You know, the kind that caused an uproar among Mac customers and a class action lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Apple’s aging Mac line has the best performer– iMac Pro– starting at $4,999. The MacBook Air and Mac mini haven’t been upgraded in years, and the entry-level MacBook and MacBook Pro models do not fare well against iPhone X benchmarks.
What’s going on, Apple?