I will start with some flaws, which are almost exclusively related to the operating system:
1. You cannot set different scrolling settings for touchpad and mouse wheel, even though there are separate menus for each. If you choose reverse scrolling on the touchpad (which is the most common), the same will happen with the mouse wheel, which is completely uncommon and strange.
2. By default, if a folder contains subfolders and files, they are all listed together, not displaying the subfolders first and then the files. You have to sort them by type to organize them in a more logical way. And this has to be done every time in every folder and subfolder (there is no general setting for all folders).
3. If you want to view photos in full screen that you have in a folder, you have to first select the ones you want to see (good luck when the folder contains other files and subfolders) and then open them in full screen. Whereas in Windows, you can open an image in full screen and simply press the arrows to go to the next one.
4. When you choose to close a window (red button), the application does not close. It remains open and essentially minimized. This is bad because it allows some applications, as long as they remain open, to record the computer's activity for advertising (and not only) purposes based on, for example, stored cookies and browsing history. I realized this when I received a message in an email that I had not registered with Apple, promoting products for "my new mac". Nice, right? And this happened even though I had set my Browser to delete all cookies and history every time I close it. So, I realized that in order to close an application, I have to right-click on its icon every time and choose exit or terminate. Very helpful.
5. You cannot install Microsoft Access on a Mac (this hurt me quite a bit).
6. You cannot simply connect an Android phone and access your files.
7. There is no way to delete text forward (the delete function in Windows).
8. If you connect an external hard drive formatted with NTFS, it is not recognized.
9. There is no option to move files from one location to another (e.g. cut and paste). There is only the option to copy. You have to know some shortcuts that involve using the command key or drag the file to its new location (which means you have to have two windows open).
10. It only has two USB-C ports. Good luck connecting a traditional mouse to this machine now. I searched for a silent mouse with Bluetooth and found very few options. So, you have to resort to inconvenient extensions.
11. Word and Excel are considerably slower on Mac.
12. The language switch button (bottom left on the keyboard) often doesn't respond, probably because it has a very slow response time, which is extremely problematic when typing a text quickly. In practice, you end up pressing it and pressing it again until it responds. However, the shortcut control + space always works.
13. Searching for a file is not as easy as it should be. You open Finder, click on File, at the bottom of the list you click on Find or, alternatively, you click on the icon with the magnifying glass at the top right of the Finder window. Then you type in the term and it immediately presents you with files that either include the search term or contain it in the title. You can then choose whether you want the search term to be in the title of the file or to be included in it.
14. It is extremely difficult and time-consuming to select between different open windows of the same application. In Windows, when you hover over the icon of the open application, it shows you a preview of the open windows and you can choose the one you want. Here, you have to make a finger movement on the touchpad to display the open windows from all open applications. You can also right-click on the application icon and choose from the list of names of the open files the one you want. There is also the "Mission Control" setting, which is quite fancy, but you can't do your work when the open windows are in full screen. You have to make a special selection for the left screen to continue displaying it and the other open windows of the same application, from which you can't choose the one you want. You have to click on the left icon with the grouped open windows again and again until the one you want appears in the foreground.
15. Insufficient support, perhaps intentional disregard, for the Greek language. While some applications and system settings have Greek names (e.g. System Preferences, Control Center, Mission Control), some others have English names (e.g. Finder, Launchpad, Dock).
16. Splitting a window to the left or right of the screen, which is very useful when working with 2 open windows, works very poorly on a Mac and this setting is lost at the slightest provocation. For example, when you need to do something else with your computer, one of the two windows collapses for no apparent reason into full-screen view.
17. Slow response of the touchpad in some functions. Right-click, for example, with the two-finger option takes a long time to load. Even worse is when you choose to drag on the screen with a double-click instead of pressing the touchpad. The machine takes a long time to respond when you release your finger at the end of the movement, so when you click again somewhere on the screen, the screen moves again, as if you never lifted your finger from the touchpad. I searched for a solution and some suggest disabling complex touchpad gestures to avoid the machine's delay in understanding what you want to do. Seriously now? I never had similar problems with Windows machines, even if they are decades old.
18. User switching: Initially, it does not appear in the Apple menu. There is only the option to log out the user. You have to make a setting for this option to appear. However, you still can't display it as an option in the Apple menu, along with the options to log out, shut down, and restart. NO, of course not. Here, obvious things seem like luxuries. This option will appear either in the menu bar or in the control center. Only then can you switch users.
19. If for some reason someone wants to do a clean installation of the operating system, they will definitely need to call a technician or be very careful because there are traps here: When you reach the window to delete the disk through the Recovery Menu, you will find that there is no indication to return to the Recovery Menu to select the installation of the operating system. You will have to guess that here - except for one case - when you close a window, you return to the previous menu. But if you make the mistake of shutting down the computer, hoping to enter the recovery menu again by pressing command + R during startup, you're out of luck. Because then you can only install it through the internet. And guess what... No matter how many times I tried, the installation would get stuck at the final stage and tell me to start the process again. In technical support, they suggested (believe it or not) that I connect with mobile data to download some gigabytes of the operating system from there because if the network is unstable, the process gets stuck! They didn't even know to tell me that the system time may have changed after erasing the disk, causing the installation to fail for this reason. And in my case, the time was correct, but the time zone had shifted to the US, so I was... in the future. And how do you adjust the time? Well... of course, through a command in the terminal, or better yet, by taking the mac directly to someone to fix it. The funny thing is that, amidst all the chaos and having complained strongly, I heard from someone in technical support the top comment that macs are made to serve the user better.
In general, as I live with this tool, I discover other things that I CANNOT do or that I do with considerable time-consuming. I made this choice because I wanted a laptop that wouldn't need replacement every so often. It has a very good screen, speakers, and battery life. Also, the price I bought it for (999 euros) was about 300 euros lower than a comparable laptop with not-so-good Windows 11, so I preferred to take the risk.
Now, this particular MacBook is owned by someone else who is very happy with it and will hardly ever worry about what I mentioned above, as they do not heavily use the machine, especially in office applications. I now run an Asus Zenbook UM3402Y, 50 euros cheaper with a much better screen, which does its job quickly without silly time-consuming tasks.