The M1, now enhanced by the M1 Pro and M1 Max, has completely transformed the Mac. There is now no laptop as efficient and complete as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. In many ways, it’s been tough for Windows laptops to compete in 2022.
However, there are plenty of reasons to choose a Windows laptop over a Mac, even beyond where you work or what software you choose that forces you to.
1. PC Games
PC gaming is the most obvious reason to stick with Windows, and this is where the platform has a complete monopoly. Despite the excitement over the graphics capabilities of the M1 Max, Apple doesn’t seem interested in going that route for the MacBook Pro. It even has a 120Hz screen! But there is a serious lack of AAA titles available on the Mac. And unless you count what’s in Apple Arcade, you just won’t find many games to use up all that graphics power.
So yes, Windows has a huge platform for PC games. There are also a wide variety of gaming laptops to choose from, depending on your needs and budget. High-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade don’t strut their gaming roots, but still deliver stellar performance. Meanwhile, cheaper options from Predator or ROG emphasize gaming, both in terms of performance and style.
Windows gaming’s greatest strength, however, is having access to all of those games no matter what laptop you have. You can buy something like the Surface Laptop Studio or Dell XPS 15 for content creation and productivity performance, but you can play a few rounds of Infinite Halo when you want to.
2. Real budget options
The MacBook Air M1 is a very good deal. It’s far more powerful than most laptops you can buy for $999 (or $899 with the education discount). But if you need a laptop cheaper than this, you’re out of luck.
Windows laptops, on the other hand, excel in the $500 to $1,000 price range. There are some fantastic budget laptops you can buy for $600 or $700 that are great for students and people with more basic computing needs. If you only use your laptop for web browsing, word processing, shopping, watching videos, and social media, you probably don’t need anything more capable. If you shop on the Windows side of the aisle, there are plenty of great options that will save you a few hundred dollars.
3. Touchscreens and 2-in-1s
People have been asking for touchscreens on Macs for many, many years. And Apple has always resisted. Apart from the failure that was the Touch Bar, MacBooks left 2-in-1s and touchscreens for the iPad.
But if you want a laptop with a touchscreen, or even a more adventurous laptop form factor, there’s plenty of experimentation going on in the Windows world. Most laptops offer a touchscreen as a configuration option, and they’re usually not too expensive. More than that, laptops with 360 hinges are also popular, allowing for different postures, such as tent or presentation mode. The Surface Laptop Studio is a good example, designed around its unique hinge and rotating screen.
Unique designs extend beyond 2-in-1s. There are weird laptops with dual screens, like the upcoming Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, or upcoming Windows tablets with foldable screens. They are niches, yes, but if you fall into this niche they might be exactly what you are looking for.
4. So many other options
The Windows platform prides itself on the sheer number of options available, and this is ultimately its greatest strength over the Mac. I’ve mentioned gaming laptops, budget options, and even 2-in-1s, but the well goes much deeper than that. Want a highly repairable laptop that you can swap out all the parts for? How about a super compact laptop? Or just a laptop that perfectly meets all your hobbies and computing needs?
It’s the ecosystem of competition in the Windows world that helps provide this vast network of laptop options. A company like Dell or Lenovo isn’t just competing with Apple – it also has to worry about all of its Windows rivals. The same goes for processors, graphics cards and display technologies. All of this leads to closer differentiation, more experiences and cheaper prices.
Between a few MacBooks and iPads, Apple tries to cover all its bases and cater to everyone’s computing needs. But it can’t. You will inevitably miss some features or pay for ones you will never use. While it hits many of the biggest demographics, don’t be surprised if your needs or budget doesn’t match what Apple has to offer.
It might take some research, but you’ll likely find the perfect Windows laptop that’s right for your specific situation – and that’s the main reason why considering a Windows laptop in 2022 is still a really good idea.