I’ve decided to end my attempt to convert to the Mac, but not necessarily because it didn’t work. I’ve been using a MacBook Pro as my primary machine for about a month now, but I’ve decided to return to a PC.
The reason I’m going back is that I was spending way too much of my time on the PC side of things. Once I had things setup the way I wanted, I found that I was spending 60-75% of my time running something under the Windows VM running on Fusion. It’s simply a function of what I do on a daily basis, and much of my time is spent on Remote Desktop sessions to our Windows servers. The Mac actually handled this very well, but the reality is it added a layer between me and what I needed to get done.
Performance was never the issue, although I’m not sure I’d agree with those who argue that Windows actually runs better on a Mac VM. I definitely noticed things slowing down on the Windows VM, especially when I started to push things with numerous apps running simultaneously.
By no means was the decision a slam-dunk. If my time was split 50/50 between the Mac and PC side of things, I probably would have at least stayed with the experiment for a bit longer. If I spent more time on the Mac than the PC, it would also be a no-brainer. I’d definitely side with the Mac in that scenario.