I did it. I bit the bullet and order a MacBook. After a few months of recognizing that I need a new laptop, combined with some financial number crunching and analysis, I’ve settled on the 13.3″ Macbook. Now I get to enjoy that sense of anticipation while I wait for the big box to appear on my doorstep.
Bryan and I had an e-mail exchange last week on the topic of whether I should get a PC or a Mac as my next laptop. Here’s a brief summary of what I learned.
- Macs work well “straight out of the box”
- Macs handle video / DVD editing without adding any software
- Friends of Bryan attest to Parallels runs Windows better on a Mac than Windows on a PC
- I can still sync up Smartphones like the Blackberry courtesy of 3rd party software
- MS Office runs fairly well on Macs
- I also get the use of TextEdit, iTunes, iMovie and Quicktime with Perian
- JBuilder, myEclipse, and mySQL are also available
- My printer (HP PhotoSmart 3210) is compatible
- My Maxtor Shared Storage drive is compatible as well
- BookEndz does make a MacBook “docking station”
Looks like I’m going to have a tough decision on my hands soon (very soon, given my keyboard is starting to break).
After realizing a two weeks ago just how old my laptop is, I decided the need to find a replacement was a much higher priority than it was. I know that I’m looking for a dual processor with a 13.3″ screen, and built-in optical drive. However, with the converison of Macs to Intel processors, the whole OS X thing, and two solid programs in Parallels and VMWare Fusion, I’m in something of a bind.