I’m now reviving my tradition of doing a Five on Friday entry on days after Friday; I’d rather do it now than wait until next Friday. I feel like I cannot blog about other things if I don’t get this done now anyway. Besides, this would’ve made it to Friday if I wasn’t out with a bunch of blogger friends for a hearty dinner at Pacio’s. I’ve got a good excuse, I know.
About a few weeks ago, I finally got a MacBook. No more excuses like getting a cheap ultraportable alternative, no more cheating for an organized workspace. I’ve been loving everything about it that I regret not having done the switch a long time ago. I should tell you my five best reasons for being on a Mac:
- UI Consistency. This may sound not too important for a good number of computer users but it’s simply a joy to use something that feels like one complete product. Nothing looks out of place. You don’t feel like you’re jumping around a hack–and–patch job that is typical of my ideal Windows–based setup from my previous workstations.
- Simplicity. OS X fits my ideal way of setting up things. No need for messy installers and setup jobs, most apps come in simple drag–and–drop packages that you can delete if you no longer need them.
- Performance. Windows can be made to perform well if you know what you’re doing. Unfortunately though, no matter how hard you tweak, regular restarts are necessary for a useful workspace. OS X behaves differently, perhaps a result of its Unix–based roots. I can go on for days without having to restart or shutdown. Now I understand why people prefer to just put their MacBooks on standby instead of completely shutting it down.
- Style. I’m not kidding. The aluminum MacBook that I have now is beautiful. Just like most Apple products, I can’t help but look at this one while just admiring how classy it looks. When you get the chance to open a MacBook straight from its box, you’d see how much effort they’ve put in the little details. You will know you’re buying a well–thought masterpiece and not just a lousy excuse for another product iteration.
- Battery Life. I know I can get better battery life from a top–end netbook but the MacBook can easily get more than three hours of use without compromising performance. After all, it has a true dual core processor that can run at full power if needed. From what I’ve been seeing, it wouldn’t be impossible to get close to five hours of mobile computing if I start cutting down on the unnecessary processes I’ve been running. Several dozens of tabs in Firefox just doesn’t make sense anyway.
I’m sure there will be a lot more to love about my MacBook in the coming weeks. Who knows, I might just become as big a Mac fanboy as Jayvee.