Prepare yourself for the true religious wars: I’m asking for advice on a new laptop.
I usually stretch out the usefulness of my computers for four or five years, and it is now time for me to invest in a new laptop. I’m planning to purchase the new tool sometime around the end of this month, when the Leopard OS X version is released. It will be a MacBook Pro; don’t even think of suggesting some Windows piece of crap, heretics, and although I can sympathize with the Linux crowd a little more, there’s no way I’m going to go back to tinkering obsessively with gadgets again. I like my BSD.
What I’m fussing over now is the glorious details to the One True Mac, and anyone’s experience will be useful.
15″ vs 17″? I’m currently using a 15″ laptop, and the form factor is nice and portable. I keep finding myself scrabbling for more screen space, though — last night, for instance, I’m putting together a lecture in Keynote, and I’m juggling windows from my pdf viewer, my text editor, Photoshop, the web browser, and Keynote itself, and every centimeter helps. I’m leaning towards the 17″, but it is an extra pound of weight…
Glossy vs matte? I’m used to the matte anti-glare finish, and I like it. On the other hand, I do notice that what I’m used to seeing on my screen is sometimes very different from what others see on theirs — that glossy screen seems to be ubiquitous in the rest of the universe. Anyone out there have strong preferences? Why?
I also need a new laptop bag, the old one is a bit frayed. Any recommendations? I like the messenger bag or briefcase styles, and I also like them roomy — if I’m making an overnight trip somewhere, I travel light and want to be able to throw in a change of clothes and my toothbrush with the laptop and take off with just the one bag. I’ve been hearing good things about the Brenthaven line…
Now I mainly want to hear from the enlightened Mac users, but if the PC weenies want to rhapsodize over their clumsy machines, I will tolerate it for the edification of other readers…but I guarantee you that I will not be swayed.