In the words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, “Treat yo self!” I recently treated myself to a new laptop: a 2020 13.3″ MacBook Pro. And I love it.
The laptop I was using was a 2015 Surface Pro 3 that I got before my senior year of college. I liked that it was thin and light enough that I could carry it with me to classes to take notes and work on papers. I also used it for grad school, but looking back know, I’m honestly surprised I got through grad school on it. The one thing I really liked about the Surface was that the tablet part separated from the keyboard so I could easily watch Netflix in bed.
Within the last 6 months or so, I noticed that it was a bit slow and the fan would kick on if I tried to run 2 different programs or multitask. It was also slow to run Photoshop, which I use to edit photos for my blog.
I’ve never been a Mac user. I remember in middle school they made us use Macs—those old desktop computers that came in a variety of colors—and I was never really on board. I was brought up using PCs and felt much more comfortable using those. Granted, I do have an iPhone and have had one since 2012, and I like the interface on them. In my old job out of college, we used PCs and now in my current job we use Macs in our department. I have a desktop iMac Pro that created a bit of a learning curve for me the first 2 weeks of my job, but now I love it. So when I was thinking about getting a new laptop, I knew I was going to get a Mac, which is something me from 10 years ago would laugh at.
I did a bit of research—with help from my dad—on the model/style that I wanted and ended up getting the 13.3″ inch, 10th generation i5, 16 GB, and 512 SSD model with the touch bar—in space gray. It was definitely a splurge, but I know I’ll be using it for years to come. I ordered it from Costco and I’ve been using it for about a week now.
And I love it. I’m really happy with my choice. It’ll also allow me to be able to do more work for my blog—especially with anything related to Photoshop and editing photos—and I also want to actually write a new story, so I feel better equipped with this laptop than my old one.
What kind of computer do you use? Are you team PC or team Mac?