Computer Needs

Within the next month or so, I will most likely be needing a new computer. For the last year I’ve enjoyed using a MacBook and I’ve grown accustomed to having a notebook computer that I can carry around the house or to the local coffee shop. It’s not really a necessity in my life, but it’s been a lot of fun and rather useful at times.
If money were no option, I would really like one of the new MacBooks; however, I’m not sure I can justify the $1,299 price tag that comes with one. So, I’m left exploring other possibilities. I thought a good place to start would be to look at my computer needs.
I currently use my computer for the following tasks:
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations
  • Managing my music collection (ipod and cds)
  • Blogging
  • Surfing the web
  • Managing my photo collection (with minimal photo editing)
  • And a little word processing

I’ll probably have occasional need for:

  • Viewing and editing Excel spreadsheets
  • Accessing FTP sites
  • And a little html editing


As you can see my computer needs aren’t great. I probably don’t need all the bells and whistles, although I wouldn’t mind them.
Lately, I’ve really been intrigued by the possibility of owning a netbook (a small, inexpensive notebook), but most of them lack one thing that I’d really like to have, a dvd/cdrw drive. In all honesty I could probably get along without one, but that would require me using Erin’s old, slow Dell desktop computer for tasks that require one. Not necessarily an ideal situation. Although, a sub $500 notebook sounds pretty darn great.
I’m open to any advice at this point, as I’m still in my research phase. Other than the qualifications listed above my only condition, other than a sub $1,000 price tag, is that the computer be on the smaller side. I like the size of the 13 inch MacBook. I don’t really want anything bigger. The idea is I’d like to be able to carry it around with ease.
So, with that, have at it. Send me your recommendations. I know I have a few computer-friendly readers, let’s hear your advice.
Oh, and if you have any input on the usability of Ubuntu as a primary operating system, I’d like to hear about that too.

Published by Brian

Christian, husband, father, Pepperdine alum, marketing account manager and more. Passionate about music, movies, religion, communication, nonprofits and the Lakers.

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  1. Try They are based here, but do internet sales. They sell open-box and other new PC’s that can’t be resold by the company. You can get brand new or slightly scratched computers at a fraction of the cost. My dad has bought from them several times.


  2. looks like the dells can be had for under $1000 with the three year warranty. The warranty on the Mac is about the same which pushes the prices up past $1500.The Dell Vostro line sports a 13.3″ setup and the Inspiron has a 14 and 13″ option. for $50 less you can get the 14″, which is still small since its widescreen format. I’ve used the vostro’s before and they’re pretty sweet. It’s nice that they have the cam integrated into the bezel option and the bluetooth.I priced out a 14″ and with the cam, bluetooth, extended battery, 3 year warranty, and some other doo-dads it was just under $1000. Seems like a pretty good deal compared to the competition, which is pretty similar.I think ultimately you’re gonna find a situation where customers demand OS X on non Apple hardware since its all the same stuff anymore asside from a few parts (mainboard). Once you can get OS X for other hardware you will get the nice operating system without the high price of the hardware. How exciting would that be?


  3. Thanks for the tips.M-Unit, I hope you’re right about OS X. I don’t think it’ll happen as long as Jobs is at Apple, but we can hope.


  4. Well you see, it was only kind of my MacBook. It’s actually the church’s. It was just purchased for me to use while I was employed by the church.Anyway, I’ll have to give it back soon because I’ve stepped down from my position with the church. I’ve been kind of quiet about it because letters only went out to the church this week.


  5. so I hear you decided to go for the Dell 9″ guy. Sounds like a good choice. I happened to catch some news that they’re coming out with a 12″ model that is essentially the same, performance wise. It just has the higher res and the full keyboard. unfortunately it isn’t going to be in the states for another year so your choice of the 9″ seems very justified.I expect many reviews on that thing so I can spread the good or bad word about it.P.S. this is Jeff (2)


  6. I’m not completely sold yet, but that’s the way I’m leaning if I’m going to buy anything now. As I sit here and type on the MacBook, which I still have for a few more days, I can’t help but wish I were getting another one of these. They’re solid machines and I love OSX.I looked at the HP Mini 1000 today and it seemed decent aside from a weird HP port that I could do without. The reviews of it say it’s got a nicer keyboard than the dell mini 9 but of course it does, it’s a bigger computer. Comparing it side by side with the dell, I think i’d still pick the dell.


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