A little known fact is that I haven’t actually bought a personal computer for myself since 1993, when I purchased a PowerBook 145B before leaving for a semester in Denmark.Â (Actually, I think my parents may well have paid for it!)Â Â Since then, I’ve always used various work computers, or computers belonging to my now-wife, Molly.
It was a good 14-year run.Â But now it’s over.
I just bought a MacBook.
(For the curious/geeky: White, 2GHz, 1GB RAM (soon to be upgraded), 80GB HD.Â The bottom-of-the-line model.)
I’ve never been a huge Apple fan, and I’m unlikely to become one.Â But the fact is that the MacBook is a nicely designed laptop, with good perfomance, at a very reasonable price ($1099, plus tax).
I’m looking forward to using it.
Things I already like:
- The keyboard looks a bit scary, but feels surprisingly good.Â Not as good as my work ThinkPad, though.
- The screen is sharp and bright.
- It’s a nice size.Â Not too small, not too big.
- The MagSafe power connector, which connects magnetically and pops out when tripped on, is so elegant and simple that I can’t believe nobody thought of it until now.Â Every laptop manufacturer should copy it ASAP.
Things that already annoy me:
- Apple’s touchpad.Â It’s just not very sensitive.Â It’s still way behind the trackpad on my ThinkPad at work.
- Only one mouse button has been a bad idea for a long time, and still is.Â Two-fingered right-clicking on the trackpad is a partial solution, but I’d really like two buttons.Â Steve Jobs’ “one button” dictum be damned.