Shopping for a New Laptop, But Won’t Buy Until Late 2017

Blog #003

I want a new laptop. I’ve grown out of my current 11-inch MacBook Air, and so I want to upgrade to a larger, more powerful laptop.

I’ve researched into the Razer Blade Stealth, the Dell XPS, the Lenovo Yoga, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and the new MacBook Pro without the touch bar. I want an ultra book. I want a laptop that gives me more screen real estate and something that can support video editing and light gaming well, but still have portability—I don’t want regrets after I’ve invested into a product that’s probably going to run me around $1,500.

img_1927I purchased my daily driver back in 2013 when I first began attending CSUSM. At the time, I felt the 11-inch screen and bottom-end specs would be adequate for what I needed it for—media consumption and writing school papers. Since then, I’ve graduated and grown out of its use. The processing power is too weak and the screen is too small, something 2013 Resty didn’t think 2016 Resty would care about down the road. Needless to say, I should have purchased the slightly bigger 13-inch MacBook Air and I think I would not be thinking about an upgrade right now.

When I bought the 11-inch MacBook Air, I chose to give up the benefits that come with a 13-inch laptop in favor of portability. It served its purpose when I was going to school. I graduated. I carried my laptop everywhere on campus with no issue of weight at all. I even road my bike to school the first couple semesters. I utilized the MacBook for what I intended to use it for throughout my college career, and I’m grateful, but now that college is over, I want to do more creative things.

During college, an 11-inch MacBook was perfect—maybe not perfect, but it worked well enough for a somewhat-hipster student majoring literature and writing. But, now that I’ve graduated, I want to do more with my tools. I want to edit videos, edit photography, learn code, host my own website, and occasionally play games. I want to do a bunch of creative things that perpetuate creativity, and I feel like purchasing another, much more powerful laptop could encourage me to produce more creative things—I know, that’s not a great way to think, but I’m just trying to be transparent here.

img_2182I’m just being spoiled. My MacBook still has a good 2-4 years left in it before I really need to upgrade. It’s a bad time to invest in a laptop anyways.

I want to do more with my time, but I haven’t even tried to start producing with my current MacBook. Other than writing papers and watching YouTube videos, I don’t really do much else with my laptop. I haven’t tried.

Last week, I opened iMovie for the first time, and I fiddled with the controls. I can edit vlogs and short films using iMovie without buying professional video editing software, I’m sure. I just need to go out and take videos of the world, my world, and cut and edit my favorite things.

It’s really about consistency—to be a good producer, a person needs to be consistent no matter what content is produced. Whether one wants to be a good producer of films, news articles, music, basketball tricks, juice or good nature, a person just needs to practice. It’s not the stuff you have; it’s the stuff inside you that counts.

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