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Buying What the Hell You Want, and Justifying It Later

The ultimate writer's notebook computer, the Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch.My mother used to buy things when she was upset.

Refrigerators, couches, cars. She’d buy something big. It satisfied her in the short-term and wasn’t tragic in the long-term, so she continued doing it on through to now. She’s seventy-one.

I’ve done well in Thailand not buying tech items like the madman I was back in the mainland USA. Not having the wads of cash here, like I did there, has a lot to do with it. Still I’ve been restrained on occasion when I could have gone apeshit and bought something that intrigued me and that I didn’t necessarily NEED.

Enter the 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13 Inch with Haswell Processor.

Those of you familiar with this blog will know I write inordinate amounts, ludicrous amounts really, about the ideal writing device for authors. In the past I’ve recommended Lenovo E125′s, Lenovo X1′s, and Macbook Airs.

Today I’m going to recommend the 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch notebook computer as the ultimate writing tool that exists in today’s market.

Why? Just a few reasons, none of which is cost. This beast checks in – in Thailand, at 49,900 Thai Baht, which is roughly $1,500 USD for the 8GB RAM, 256 SSD, retina screen version.

Reasons I’ve decided to buy the Macbook Pro Retina 13:

1. Display. As a writer, there is magic in the words I’m writing. Not always, but you know, when you’re in a good flow and it’s like god or satan is guiding your fingers to type pure brilliance. Unfortunately, when I look at the words as I type them, I see pixels, letters, and words if I’m using my Macbook Air 11 inch. This display has 137 pixels per inch resolution, and it’s GOOD, but it isn’t AWESOME. I’ve been back to the Apple store about seven times in the last two months to type on the 13 inch retinas, and I’m convinced, there is a demon in there conjuring magic with the words I write. I can write junk, and it shows up as magic on the screen. That’s the best!

If you haven’t tested one of these bad-boys out yet, do yourself a favor and go have a look. Open the TextEdit application and select Verdana – regular – 36 font. Then, go ahead and type something. Anything. What you see will be unadulterated magic. The text will be so vivid, you’ll wonder how you did without it. I feel that way anyway. Go try it.

2. Keyboard. I used to prefer the Lenovo X1 keyboards. Now that I’ve used a Macbook Air 11 inch for over a year, I realize that keyboards are meant to grow on me. I now love the keyboard on this 11 inch Air. However… As I typed on the Macbook Pro 13 inch retina at the store, I realized, they have a little bit more downward key-travel than the smaller Air I have at home. They are quieter and the feeling of depressing keys is softer somehow. The result is more magic. I absolutely love the keyboard on the 13 inch pro retina already, and I’ve only used it to type a thousand words or so as I’ve tried it out in the store. I know when I get it home I’ll be drinking it a toast of Thailand’s finest whiskey. Or, whatever is available.

I strongly suggest you go try the keyboard at the Apple store.

3. Trackpad. I’ve spouted off about the trackpads on the Macbook Pro and Air line of Apple computers since I got mine, and I’m not about to stop now. The trackpad is the best in the world – still. I watch a hell of a lot of videos on Youtube to see if there might be any other company that finally got the trackpad figured out – and there isn’t one. I can’t see EVER using any computer except one with a perfect trackpad because they are the source of much gnashing of teeth when they aren’t spot-on. The 13 inch Macbook Pro 13 retina trackpad is even a little bit larger than the one on my 11 inch Air. Again, this is just more of the magic I crave.

That’s it. That’s the WHY I’m buying this notebook.

Can I afford it? Hell no.

What will I do with my old 11 inch Air? Give it to my wife. I would sell it, but since she knocked it off a shelf from about 6 feet high onto hard tile six months back, we’d have to tell admit that to whomever we sold it to. That would mean we couldn’t sell it for more than maybe $500, though it works perfectly, the fall didn’t affect it at all. Instead of make back $500, we’d just keep it.

What is my justification for buying a $1,500 item when I can’t afford it?

It will help me write the BIG BOOK I need to complete this year because I didn’t write it in 2013. I’ll shame myself into writing it because I won’t let that expensive computer sit on the table gathering ants in its innards. I’ll use it and produce masterful works of fiction. This in turn will give us pockets overflowing and smiles all around.

Since I’ve been bringing up this new Macbook Pro the wife is already talking about a younger sibling for our four year old princess. Coincidence? Nope.

So friends, this is the delusion I’m living under for the time being.

Are you getting one? Do you already have one? Is there another computer you think is the ultimate writing tool?

 

[Image by Bens Blog @ www.benm.at]

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7 Responses to “Buying What the Hell You Want, and Justifying It Later”

  1. MikeFook says:

    Apparently nobody is reading this shit.

    • Robert says:

      Mike, have enjoyed your posts and videos. Appreciate the thoughts you shared about the Macs. I have only used Windows but have been tempted by the 13″ MB Airs lately. Just got an older refurbished Thinkpad last week that was a very good deal, and while the kbd is great and it’s a tank, it’s also not very portable due to the weight; so I’m going to give it another day or two of audition. Even though the Mac is out of my price range, I have to concur with what you said about buying things love, especially when they enhance life experiences and provide value. All the best, R. in the U.S.

      • MikeFook says:

        I’ve been SO happy with the Macbook Air 11″. I heard there might be a refresh of the Air 11 and 13 tomorrow (Tuesday). Will see if that comes about or not. If not, I guess I’ll wait until the Mac event in June. If nothing there, I’ll not buy anything for a while. Or, there’s the slightest possibility I just go get the retina 13″. Not sure. I am sure that my next computer will be the one I use for 3 years or so. I can’t imagine they’ll come out with anything I need to upgrade to in a few years. Cheers Man…

        • Robert says:

          Yes, I think I heard something about a refresh too. I played around with them all for a while at Best Buy last night and liked the touchpad on the Pro a little better but the weight of the Air is pretty amazing. Also the Air’s kbd felt better than I remembered. I’m hoping the prices on the refurbs drop a little if they do a refresh. I’ve got a 3rd gen iPad and love it. Thanks for all the info. Regards,

          • MikeFook says:

            The thin Air is so nice to type on because the wrists dont bend, they can remain straight. The Pro 13 retina has a bit more vertical and isn’t as comfortable (from some that have owned both and are regretting their Pro purchase).

            I think the MacBook Air refresh is a done deal, most Macrumor sites are stating it as fact now, having been inundated with tips from Apple employees at the stores that already had the refreshed machines arrive. I am not sure a 12″ Air would be such a godsend. I’d love a 14 inch air ideally. Super thin. Super light. Big 14 inch retina. Hmm. Well, we’ll see what happens. Maybe the rumors were all wrong about the 12″ Air with retina and it will really be a 13 or 14″?

  2. Robert says:

    That’s good to know. I’m now more tempted than ever since they dropped the price on the refurbished units so much (799 for 13″ with the Haswell battery life; effectively eliminates the “Apple tax” one could say). Now just have to see if I can still return the older machine IBM was a month late getting to me. Yes, I agree a larger rather than smaller screen would be better for retina. That has the potential to be a fantastic device. Cheers,

    • MikeFook says:

      Ok, so we’ve got some upgraded chips and longer lasting battery in the Airs – AND $100 price drop. I hope the retina Air comes out in June…

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