With all the devices out there to meet widespread mobility and personal computing needs, it can be difficult to decide which device will be best for you. ZDNet contributor James Kendrick recently shared the personal experience that led him to get a MacBook Air, noting that while his old MacBook had worked well for him, he decided it was time for an upgrade.
"The MacBook has served me well for five years but it's on its last legs," Kendrick wrote. "It's starting to develop some little irregularities that together tell me it is not much longer for this world. After careful consideration I pulled the trigger on a new 13-inch MacBook Air. It's important to understand that I have no shortage of mobile computing gear and frankly I didn't have to be in a hurry to replace the MacBook."
Kendrick explained that the main reason he decided to get the MacBook Air was for better video capabilities. The old MacBook Kendrick had slowed him down considerably, and making a 10 minute HD video could take hours and hours of editing and encoding. He said that he expects the new MacBook Air to be able to process things much more quickly, and the mobility it offers helped finalize Kendrick's decision to purchase this device over other options like Google's Chromebook.
The advantages of MacBook Air over competitors
In fact, many people are weighing the pros and cons of Google's Chromebook against those of Apple's MacBook Air. In a recent TechCrunch article, contributors Darrell Etherington and Chris Velazco looked at the specs of the Chromebook Pixel, the 128 GB Microsoft Surface Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air.
While there are many similarities between the devices, the Pixel winds up being more expensive than the MacBook Air, the pair noted. They also pointed out that MacBook Air comes in on top in terms of local storage, as the device has 128 GB compared with the Chromebook's 32 GB and 64 GB options.
"The Chromebook Pixel is very much aimed at the same market as the MacBook Air, with Google stressing that it's an upscale device," Etherington and Velazco wrote. "But despite what looks to be a beautiful screen, this arrives with an even more experimental, touch-enabled version of an OS that has yet to prove itself with general consumers, meaning that the reasons to opt for Google's brave new laptop over the Air perhaps aren't as apparent as Google would've hoped."
Kendrick could have chosen to refurbish his original MacBook rather than invest in a new device, and Apple users can always turn to iResQ's MacBook repair services to get their old notebooks touched up and ready for resale.