I must confess, I committed ERE treason yesterday… I bought a new, shiny, really, really expensive laptop! Yes, I know I have sinned, and now I must find a way to explain myself to you readers… and to myself.
First off, making this new purchase did not come easy. I’ve been looking for a laptop replacement for quite some time, and when I first started my hunt, I honed in on the new Google Chromebooks built upon Chrome OS. What especially makes these laptops appealing are the low prices — you can easily pick up a slim, new Samsung for just $250.
I visited a few stores and play around with some Chromebooks… They weren’t too bad, and I especially liked how slim some of the designs were. I was seriously contemplating buying one, until I started thinking about how future-proof they would be…
You see, the last laptop I purchased was in 2004, when I was a sophomore in college. The last time around, I picked up a Dell Inspiron, for $1200. This bad boy served me well throughout college, and really didn’t start to feel long in the tooth until around 2010 or so. And I think the only reason it even lasted that long was because I maxed out the specs on it in 2004.
So, I wavered back and forth. Finally, I decided to just bite the bullet and get a new 13.3″ MacBook Pro.
Here are the specs:
- 2.4 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5
- 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR 3 Ram
- 256 GB PCIe Flash Storage
- 720P HD Camera
- Retina Display (2560 x 1600)
I didn’t purchase the laptop at the Apple store, and was able to get it for $100 less than retail, $1399. Since this is an Apple product, I know I am not getting a “killer deal” by any means. As we all know, Apple products aren’t cheap!
I also considered the MacBook Air, but ultimately felt like the Pro was the better deal. For just a little bit more dough, you get much more processing power, larger storage space, and the Retina display, which I’m a huge fan of.
How am I justifying this purchase? Well, for starters, I fully intend on using this thing on a regular basis. I’m placing my bets that it will keep me motivated to update and continually improve this blog. By going “all in” with the latest and greatest, I’m also hoping that I’ll be able to maximize my return by getting a good 7-10 years out of this machine. My last Dell purchase held up for about that same timeframe, so I’m optimistic.
Honestly, I could have done the frugal thing and gone the Chromebook route to save a few hundred dollars. But if I found myself questioning my decision every single time I turned on the laptop, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been long before I felt the urge to upgrade yet again. By going Macbook Pro, I’m simply agreeing to pay more for quality. Unfortunately, I’m now completely tied into the Apple ecosystem! Well, at least it should make sharing everything on iCloud a lot easier…
In the end, I’m going to call this new laptop an investment. Yes, it set me back $1400 in the short-term, but I’m confident it will keep me inspired and motivated to keep on blogging. I’m making a commitment to this blog; now I just need to find some clever ways to help me recapture my capital investment. Thus, this post is being filed away under the category of “Ways to Make Money”. As they say, sometimes you have to spend money, to make money. Well, that’s my story, anyway, and I’m sticking with it. 🙂
In other news, the weather is terrific out in these parts, so I’m trying my best to take advantage of it. Couple the good weather with the new laptop, and I’ve decided to start blogging more regularly at local cafe’s. Tonight, I’m writing this entry at Suju’s Coffee in Fremont, off of Stevenson Blvd.
What do you think? Good investment or foolish purchase? If you were shopping for a new laptop, what would you buy right now?