Friday. 2.15.08 12:52 pm
I feel so neurotic right now.
I bought a MacBook Pro about two weeks ago (the so-called 'low-end' version) because it was on sale for $1599 at the bookstore on campus. However, I can't help but feel a little uneasy because for an extra 5 benjamins I could have gotten the 2.4 with twice as much vram; Honestly, I don't think I would ever need to drive a 30' monitor along with the laptop, nor do I see myself running GPU intensive applications like Motion or Maya, yet I just feel like since I was already making a small investment I might as well have put my funds into the higher-end model?
Maybe I just wanted to future-proof my investment a bit more, or maybe I'm just ridiculous. The higher-end MPB was on sale for $2099 with the purchase of AppleCare which would make it out to be about $2200 with taxes. I bought the one I have now for about $1700. I have a friend who still uses a Powerbook G4 from his 1st year in college because it suits him just fine. But I can't compare apples to oranges (no pun intended).
I don't know. Sometimes I just rock my world with absurd and oftentimes unnecessary excess baggage in the form of mental constructs and verbal obstacles when I know the MPB I just procured is definitely more than enough for what I will be using it for in the coming years to come (the occasional Doom 3, Quake 4, Sims 2, Photoshop, iMovie, and maybe Final Cut).
Whatever Marc, build a bridge and get over it. Seriously.
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Sunday. 6.8.08 1:31 pm
I bought a MacBook Air
last Sunday at the Apple Store in Otay Ranch Town Center
. I have a week on whether or not I want to return it. Before this sexy beast, I used a MacBook Pro
for all my portable computing needs (on campus especially) and this computer is definitely an upgrade
in terms of weight and portability. With the MacBook Pro, I felt like I was carrying a brick or three in my backpack all the time
, but with this thing I seriously forget that it's there until I take it out during lectures to take notes.
I actually acquired the 1.8ghz/64gb SSD version
, because I was like, "if I'm going to get this thing, I might as well get the one closest to the performance that I'm accustomed to (on my MacBook Pro)." So far, so good. The only nuances that I have noticed thus far with this machine is its anemic 3D gaming performance
(I tried playing the Sims 2 Life Stories on it... and it lagged so much that I thought I might as well shoot myself), but this laptop wasn't meant for that. Sim City 4 seems to do fine, and so do less 3D intensive games I installed on it thus far to kill time (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Cooking Academy, etc.).
Real world performance-wise, the MacBook Air is snappy
and I really can't discern a speed difference between this and the MacBook Pro. Maybe converting songs from one format to another might take a little longer, but I don't mind a couple of seconds. The SSD seems to have a lot to do with it, as it starts up faster and opens applications quicker than the HDD on the Pro.
For what I'm going to use this for, it's perfect. Now it's time to study. I have finals next week alongside the U.S. Open! /sarcasm
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