Here it is, this guys’ perspective on buying a laptop or tablet. Let’s do a quick run down of computers that I have owned in my lifetime, which will totally give me a bias towards laptops. I had my first desktop back in my first year of college. I bought it off a graphic design student who was upgrading his computer. Eventually, I sold it because I wasn’t using it at home and instead was constantly at school. Then I bought my first Macbook laptop shortly thereafter. Ever since I have owned Apple MacBooks or MacBook Pros, because of their functionality, durability, operational standards and the clear facts that I was a journalism student and that was the mainstream thing to have at that time. Fast forward twenty something years and I am no longer in the journalism field. Sure I blog. And I have portfolios. And I well… okay, I do journo it’s just not for someone else. It’s personal.
This is the specs on my current laptop: do you want to skip this info? YES. Scroll down to “Seriously”
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 384, Display 13.3-inch (1280 x 800), Storage 320 GB SATA Disk, SuperDrive Disc formats that can be written:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL,
My content in GB/MB/TB:
- Movies 107 GB,
- Photos 88 GB,
- Other 42 GB,
- Audio 37 GB,
- Apps 25 GB,
- Backups 2 MB,
- Free Space 22 GB
- External Hard drive 1 TB
Size and weight
- Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
- Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm)
- Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
- Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg)1
Connections and expansion
- MagSafe power port
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
- Audio in/out
- SDXC card slot
- Kensington lock slot
What’s in the box
- MacBook Pro
- Display cleaning cloth
- 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
- Software DVDs
- Printed and electronic documentation
Seriously, that’s enough with all the rhetoric of “what” my laptop has, or doesn’t have, it’s a MacBook Pro. It’s aluminum, titanium, scroll screen, type set, swipe pad, Wi-Fi, Stereo speakers, web cam, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt port and a whole lot more. If you really want to read all about what my laptop actually has (because your that guy or gal) then go to Apple website MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011).
Okay. So, now you know what I am typing on at this very moment. The extra interesting history bit of my laptop is, I bought it while I was living in Paju City, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea. And the keyboard actually has Hangul on it. Hangul, was created under King Sejong during the Choson Dynasty (1393-1910). in 1446, the first Korean alphabet was proclaimed under the original name Hunmin chong-um, which literally meant “the correct sounds for the instruction of the people.” And according to the website I pulled this information from: ‘It is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered unanimous praise from language experts for its scientific design and excellence.’
And that is that.
So, this was supposed to be about laptop or tablet and my perspective, so here’s the deal.
Laptop: solid construction, has ports on the side, can connect to other devices, has a large capacity for storage, is usually under 5-lbs (unless you are a gamer, graphic artist or just like clunkers), a Laptop can use Apps, play music, holds specific softwares, access the internet, play games, create magic, connect cameras to, write CD-rom, play CDs and sometimes DVDs (or Blu-Ray). There are literally hundreds of models, a handful of brands and everyone is trying to “out tech the other guy” with their touchscreen, high-resolution, DNA access points, swipe pads, pinch pads, aluminum, titanium, solid state, hard drives and so much more
Tablet: is similar to a Laptop except you cannot connect devices to it via wires. You must use bluetooth, the cloud, or internet access. Everything is touch screens, stylus pens, apps and downloads. Basically the internet has become your virtual server. It’s were all your storage has gone. And the Tablet is the easier sharing compatible device. It weighs a lot less than a laptop. So, overall size is minimal. It now has adaptable keyboards (making it into a mini-laptop without the connection ports). But for a guy like me, big, tall and handsome with overly large paws and fingers, well I need a full-size keyboard.
Hybrid Laptops: Well its a Chrome book, or internet based computer. It’s a full-size keyboard without all the ports. It’s like mashing together a Laptop and a Tablet. It’s for a generation who understands why the “cloud” exists and are not afraid of what this type of technology can do for them. They are well, laptop like. They are a 2-piece laptop which sometimes have touchscreen and keyboards and they use Apps, instead of physical CD software.
What’s my recommendation on Laptop vs. Tablet vs. Hybrid, I say, just like when you are shopping for a new set of wheels (car, motorcycle or truck) you will want to touch the object you are going to purchase. Test drive it, if you will. Take it for a spin. Type on it. Are your fingers correct for the keyboard? What’s your budget? Can you afford what is currently out there? If not a new one, try a used marketplace like: craigslist.com (America) or kijiji.ca (Canada). It’s really a decision you need to make on your own. Listen to feedback, do your research online, go into a store check them out, look at pricing, rebates and the other numerous ploys to get you to buy from different stores: price match (if you can).
I’ll stick with… MacBook Pro, it’s always been the most reliable computer (every MacBook I’ve owned has last 5+ years no issues). I don’t have to worry about viruses, I get free updates, Apps, Garage Band, Photo Editors, Graphic design elements, Notepads, Sticky notes, and a slew of other applications. I love the size, weight and feel. I love the support at the Genius Bar and the culture of Apple.