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)
- 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.