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In another month or so I’m headed back to graduate school to pursue a Master’s in the Philosophy of Technology from Virginia Tech, so I’m thinking, well, maybe this is the time for some new computing gear? Sure, I’ll still have my server-minis, but I’d really like a solid machine that can really handle Aperture. I’ve pretty much decided on a 20″ iMac G5 to handle all my needs in this department, but then I thought, well, I type faster than I can hand write notes, perhaps it’s time for a new laptop!
At first, I was thinking 12″ or 15″ PowerBook G4, as it would be nice to have some serious hardware in the field as well, and the new high resolution screen on the 15″ is particularly crisp and is similar to what I’m using now, but boy are those prices daunting for someone who’s about to become a student again.
So I was leaning toward the 12″ PowerBook, when one of the older models was handed to me by a coworker who had, shall we say, not properly cared for her laptop. Boy. Those things will take a beating, but the case wear is enough to cause me to cringe a bit! After 18 months in the field, her case was well-dinged and the finish was coming off on the top case below the keyboard, causing me to reconsider.
I figured, well, sure, the iBooks are cheap and have lengthy battery lives, maybe that would be a good choice. I had my heart set on a 12″ iBook and a 20″ iMac and perhaps a display to use the iBook with later. Well, I was set until this morning, when Think Secret started talking about Intel iBooks for Macworld San Francisco. Crap. Now what the hell do I do?
Do I buy the powerbook and hope it holds up? Wait for a new iBook that may not natively run all the apps I need? Wait for a magic new PowerBook Intel machine that may come out next year? I hate buying gear before Steve gets his Keynote on in San Francisco.
are you considering a Mac laptop purchase?