RIP, I’m in mourning for my departed MacBook, even though its 1-9 keys didn’t work. Turns out it was going to cost more to fix it than buy a new one. But mostly I was mourning the hassle that I always encounter when setting up a new computer. Keep in mind, I haven’t had to do this for awhile. But first things first … what computer….
I’ve been a Mac person so long, it had to be a Mac. The MacBook 13″ was perfect for a long time … until it accidentally through a combination of factors, got condensation puddles that caused “liquid damage” and thus RIP. For the “rest of the sad story”, click the link.
My son, who knows quite a bit about this stuff, said the new one had to be Air, Air, Air. I wasn’t convinced.
Bottom line, I bought a 13″ Air, with the following reasoning….
Prices were essentially the same, so it was a matter of picking the right laptop for me. The specs for Air are a slower processor and much smaller storage … like half of the 500 GB, I had with the MacBook. I used 121 GB storage on that MacBook, and I have thousands of photos that are backed up on an external hard drive as well as individual USB flash drives — in other words, don’t need to be there.
The Air has something called “solid state technology” and the MacBook has a normal hard drive. In other words, the MacBook has a spinning platter and moving parts, the Air has no moving parts and a solid state hard drive. It’s also thinner and lighter. Because it has no spinning parts, there’s no need for a fan to keep the spinning parts cool. In theory, solid state should be better aboard a boat.
No need for a fan to cool off the laptop? I see this as a major advantage, the old Mac got really really hot even with the aluminum platform iLap it sits on allowing the air to distribute under the laptop. And when it’s hot, the fan runs all the time. 🙁 Sometimes I even plug in a 12v fan to blow under the platform and cool it more. The fan created a bit of noise, although since that’s all I’ve ever had, I’m used to it.
So no moving parts, no fan. Two pluses. But a 50% reduction in hard drive storage space… and a processor half the size of the MacBook.
Another plus … without the CD/DVD drive and spinning hard drive, the Air uses less electricity – the MacBook had a 60 watt power cord and the Air has a 45 watt power cord – dividing watts by volts (110) tells us that the MacBook uses over half an amp of electricity and the Air uses .40, not a huge difference on the face of it, but when you factor in the inverter deterioration factor with the 12V batteries, it looks to me like it might mean the MacBook uses almost twice as much electricity. I’m not an electrician, so I have no idea if this is real, but based on what I do know, it appears possible.
Because the processor in the Air has to power less stuff, it can be smaller and still run faster. Part of the “less stuff” means no CD/DVD drive – can I live without one? But I haven’t used it in … years? So if I need one I could always get a USB external CD/DVD drive. I’m not certain if the Air any faster online, but it definitely turns on in a much shorter time frame than the MacBook. And it loads programs much quicker. So far I’m pleased with the choice.
We shall see if the “solid state technology”, less power draw, faster everything loading, no need for a fan to cool spinning parts proves to be worth the lack of hard drive space. My external hard drive is trig size, so I’ll just need to be a big more conservative on keeping clutter off the laptop.
Anyone with experience with solid state technology aboard? Please leave a comment and share. Hopefully I didn’t make an expensive mistake! 🙁