After reading my blog “I am now officially a Macuser” a close friend and business partner, ALLAN JARLOS of Advance Communication Systems wrote me a lengthy email. I will just highlight an excerpt from his letter:
“As a former macuser myself, I could attest to the stability and ease of use of a mac. They are built to handle any video, photo, or musical tasks that you could throw at them. You are a photographer so I can see why you like your mac. But this computing power comes with a price - size. We are both road warriors moving from one meeting to the next. I could count the number of times we even had to be online to exchange emails in the cramped spaces of our cars. I congratulate you for your new acquisition, the Macbook Pro 15”. But I urge you as well to keep your LE1600 to continue enjoying the mobility that we both learned to love all these years. The type of mobility that has kept us all these years at the top of our game.“
I got this letter a week after I started using the MBP and slowly, ALLAN's comments started to really sink in. I found myself just carrying my pigpogPDA in meetings leaving behind in the car the MBP. Having been used to the tablet PC sans the LCD barrier in meetings, I just feel awkward opening such a big laptop. Unlike before when I could get away with checking my emails without anyone noticing, with the MBP there is no hiding that you intend to do something else other than to take notes and listen.
A few days ago, someone showed a very strong interest to sequester the 15” MBP. Don't ask who. Given the very strong insinuations of extreme interest (read: desire) for the MBP and remembering ALLAN's comments, I decided to give in.
Instead of the MBP, I now have a sleek black 13“ Macbook 2 ghz with 2 gig RAM and 200 gig hard drive. Of course I have researched extensively and determined that I am not giving away too much computing power by downgrading. Besides, I have a very powerful desktop PC for when I really need the power. Not to mention that the smaller size (13”) of the MBK really satisfies to a greater extent my mobility requirements.
What makes the switch even more easier is that most of the other bags for the LE1600 are a perfect fit for the MBK. Installing all the software and settings was a cinch having blogged about it here.
Carrying the MBK these past two days seems to me that I had made the right choice despite its being a tad slower (about 17 percent) in the processing department than the MBP. CNET provided a more thorough comparison if you want to see for yourself.
I have started developing pictures with it even using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop CS2. In fact, I find it powerful enough to function as a desktop computer. In my next blog, “MBK as a desktop replacement,” I will show you my setup.
The MBK will now be my everyday mobile device.