The search for a perfect laptop
I’m writing this on my battered old 2012 MacBook Pro. Aside from looking like it’s seen better days, it still works pretty well and runs the latest version of MacOS. But it’s starting to freeze up occasionally and black out from time to time.
I’ve been meaning to replace it for some time, but I just can’t decide what with.
If I stick with a Mac, I have to use the less that perfect keyboard present in recent models. Even if the worst problems with the keyboard – and other grumbles some have with the 2016 and 2017 models – have been ironed out in the latest versions, Macs are just boring compared to other comparable laptops. Apple simply isn’t doing anything interesting on the hardware front.
Microsoft’s Surface range is really compelling from a hardware point of view, but no matter how much Windows might have improved, it’s still Windows. After nearly 15 years on Macs, the idea of dealing with all the extra complexities of Windows when I just want to get on with my work doesn’t appeal.
Given I do 95% of my work in a web browser, Google’s Pixelbook is tempting, but it’s from last year, and those bezels around the screen (see the picture above) are pretty outdated and will look even more so after a couple of years. And that other 5% of my work – bits of audio and video editing from time to time – is pretty much out of the question on ChromeOS. Oh, and when I occasionally need to use Skype with a high quality USB microphone for a radio interview, ChromeOS won’t be up to the job.
Am I being overly picky? Am I putting off the inevitable purchase of another Mac, no matter how boring they may be?