Computers, Computers, Computers
May 21, 2011
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Ok, everyone that knows me knows that I’m kinda a tech geek, and that I have a tendency to “break” computers trying to get them to work the best for me.
This is but one reason I’m contemplating getting a Mac this summer with some of my earning from my various summer jobs. After talking to my “Mac buddy” Nic (Check out his site/blog/collection of randomness niclake.com) about this very topic (for about a half a year now), and more research than I ever put into any of my schoolwork, I think I’ve finally (partially) made up my mind: Macbook Air.
Nic getting his Air was a big push for this. He loves the thing to death, and finally was able to fit into my thick skull one of the most important things to me… When getting a computer, one needs to look at what one needs in a computer, not what one might need. This is something that I have never thought of, and most likely what has kept me from getting the most out of my computer.
So why the Air?
- It’s small, and portable to the max. I use my laptop at work at school DAILY. And portability (with battery life) is a must. The Air has this.
- The solid-state drive, although small compared to all the laptops I’ve had, is enough for what I use (Office, Internet, music…). The only drawback (depending on which model I get) is the size of my iTunes Library. Of course, this is what an external drive is for, and is something I should have anyway ($60 for a 320 gb external is more than affordable).
- It’s Apple, meaning it has outstanding tech support, and quality. The Air should last me at least twice as long as the other laptops I’ve had. Example: My iPod Touch, although no longer supported with updates, Is going on 3 years old, and still running perfectly.
- Teachers are using and loving it! You don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles as a teacher. And I sure as hell don’t need them as a student, unless I plan on getting myself more distracted from writing papers and lesson plans than I already get… (Which is something I definitely need to avoid)
Now the tough decision, which screen size? the 11.6″ ($949 with the Education Discount) model would be an awesome, small sized computer to run everything I need… but it could also be too small, in both screen and storage(64gb). But the 13″ model is $300 more (eek!). This is something that I will have to play around with at Best Buy or an Apple store to decide if $300 for more screen and storage (128gb). Keeping in mind that an external drive for all the “extra” stuff that I still need (Music, my pictures, and file backup) would only be about $60-something, the real debate is in screen size.
Well, that’s it folks! Any feedback (facebook, twitter
, comments on here… etc) would be greatly appreciated! Time to finish my day at home before I head out to 4 hours of first-aid and CPR training for daycamp… but that just means that summer is a step closer!