As you may remember in the post about my flower filled office patio, I confessed my big 27″ love of my life mac computer died. The screen just kept going white until it just stayed white. Weird!
I brought it into Mr. Mac fixit shop and they informed me the hard drive was failing. Seriously?! So I’m hoping they can still grab the info off of it to fix it up right. If not, I do have the backup system still at home. Lonely. Without it’s buddy.
My choice of course was to go with a new hard drive. So I’m upgrading from a 1 terabyte to a 3. Because my 1 was half full and we can’t have that! I haven’t been very diligent with ditching pictures I don’t need so I need to smarten up. One day…
Anyway, I’ve been working on the laptop now for a good week, and I must say, I have some things to say about this major change in (blog) life! For those of you that may be due for a computer upgrade soon, this post could be for you.
Desktop vs laptop – a review. Let’s compare!
I own a macbook pro 113″ laptop.
It goes without saying, a laptop indeed has it’s place. It’s been super fun to bring it to bed, set it on the patio, take it camping… it just travels well with you.
What size is good?
My 13″ is plenty big for travel. In fact, it’s a little on the heavy side when taking on flights and such. BUT… I often wish I went for a bigger one. MUCH bigger. But do I ever wish I had smaller? No. Maybe it’s an age thing, but I prefer not to squint more than I already do.
Is bigger better?
Yes. Because there is less scrolling. Oh my goodness, this little guy has to scroll and scroll and scroll to see the same as a big screen with no scrolling. If you don’t like to scroll and constantly wonder why bloggers nowadays use such BIG pictures, go visit a large screen and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Trackpad or mouse?
Trackpads that come with laptops are just fine if you can remember the fancy keyboard shortcuts that do the same as a mouse. But I don’t appear to have any room left in my head to remember more, so mouse it is for me.
Corded mouses/mice???? are fine and reliable, but I do find the gliding movements and scrolling much smoother with a mac magic mouse. It’s one of those ‘try it so you know what I mean’ things.
I own a 27″ mac desktop computer.
I’ll say right here and now that this machine was a total game changer for me. It took blogging to a whole new level. And I’ll tell you why.
What size is good?
There are MANY desktop sizes to choose from. Most will go by one they can afford. I get that. But do remember… if you are doing more than just text on your laptop, the bigger the screen you can go, the happier you’ll ultimately be in the long run.
When I went shopping, I viewed a 21″ and a 27″ mac. The 27″ came home. I thought I purchased a drive in theatre, it felt HUGE… until a week went by and it seemed to shrink down to a manageable size again. So… what I’m saying is, it may look HUGE, but it isn’t! It’s just right and could actually be bigger. 🙂
Is bigger better?
The bigger the screen, the more you can do. There is less scrolling. And more windows can be open at the same time. The pictures are wonderful for tweaking, and… I could go on and on. Go BIG. Please… go big. A big monitor is the Disneyland of blogging. You will giggle while you blog. And I look forward to hearing from you because you will want to write me and thank me later.
What about mobility?
True. Desktops need a desk. They are meant to stay put. But if you’ve made yourself a cool office, you won’t mind staying put! Trust me. If you’re buried in a small room squeezing you down a flight of dark stairs, you’ll resent your desktop! Plunk that thing near a sunny window in the fav area of your house and you’ll LOVE the thing. Location matters here. And this is why I gave up my dining room. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Does make or brand really matter?
I’m going to try very hard to be objective, because I indeed do have an opinion on this . But I say quality matters most, period. Go quality, no matter what brand you choose.
But I also must say, do your homework. Go visit a Mac store and a quality PC store. And compare to see for yourself.
My computer story
I’ve been a PC girl all my life. In fact I was so loyal that my white computers had turned yellow. One day a friend twisted my arm into getting a mac so I’d stop complaining so much.The final straw came when I was on my 3rd laptop mickey moused with a larger monitor. I truly thought my photos looked outstanding. UNTIL I visited my friend’s 27″ mac. My beautiful photos were a hideous shade of yellow. I gagged all the way to the Mac store.
I won’t lie. I struggled with the change. I may have even shed a few (thousand) frustrated tears. But I quickly learned if you have a question, google for the answer. EVERYTHING is online these days. And if you truly are at a loss and can’t do something, you can pay a guru to help you.
The monitor was the key. I’ve never seen such clarity as I did on the mac. It was like I stepped into the monitor and was inside every photo.
And I found mac environment easier to work with. With Macs, you have to dummy down and think obvious. If you want something, you click on it and drag it over to where you want it. With Windows you need to jump through hidden menus. It was a tricky transition. But now that I’m there? You know the rest…
My opinionated wish for you
I want every single blogger on earth to own a 27″ mac workhorse of a computer and a mac laptop. I want you to have both. Because then you truly do have the best of both worlds. You can be mobile when on the run, and you can settle down and belt out work the way you really love to when you are home.
Hit and miss for me. It’s a fabulous tool for sharing photos, and super mobile for browsing, but I wouldn’t use it in place of a computer. I prefer the laptop, much less frustrating.
YES! Don’t even hesitate. I resisted apps for a long time. I just loved the phone! But man do some of those apps help you in a big way! A common day of blogging consists of Instagraming something, which then flashes on Facebook, which transfers over to Twitter automatically, and all this is before I even blog about it. And I constantly message back and forth via Facebook Private Messages vs. texting… Facebook is free, texting is not.
Just know, all this didn’t happen overnight for me. I waited 20 years for a decent computer! But with the way the world works today, it really pays to set up right.
Cya online… hopefully from a revamped 27″ mac with that fancy new 3 Terabyte harddrive. Hurry home soon… I miss you so!
What are your current fav computer choices?