Mine has off-white keys – so much easier on the eyes
Via haiku, a good summary of where we’re at with computers:
One day, someone will make the perfect computing device. Or will they? I’m starting to think it’s just not possible. At this point, in 2013, we all want something that is/has:
- Speed. Note that I didn’t say power. I think the days of chasing the all mighty gigahertz is over. I don’t care if I have a 3GHz processor or a quad-core whatever. I want apps to launch in an a second or so.
- Light. I spent years carrying around a 10 pound laptop and calling it light. Before that it was 17 pounds and I called it light. Now I’m carrying a 3 pound Ultrabook and thinking that the power supply is heavy. Whatever is next, it needs to be <= 3 pounds.
- Size. For a number of years there have been 15″ and 17″ laptops with huge screens. I believe this is because a 15″ or larger laptop was the only way to get a great screen resolution. Now that we can get 1080p resolution (or larger!) on a 13″ or 11″ screen there’s less reason to go large.
- Touch. Everything needs touch. Reaching out and touching an icon is more intuitive than using a mouse, touchpad or that weird little Thinkpad eraser head. You eraserhead people are weird.
- “Every laptop should (and will) have a touch screen in a year. Mark my words. This nonsense about how your arm will hurt assumes that you’re only using it. A touchscreen is complementary not primary.”
- Quality. Plastic crap is plastic crap. We care about our devices these days and we use them everywhere. Apple proved this with its excellent engineering and aluminum construction. Microsoft validated this and pointed out to OEMs with the engineering work put into the Surface. Microsoft has long made awesome keyboards and mice. I’m glad to see more quality hardware coming out.
- Keyboard. Now, I didn’t say “integrated keyboard” or “fancy touch cover keyboard.” I just mean keyboard. I would expand this even more to say “I need a keyboard when I need one and I need it to work well.” When I need a keyboard, I usually need it for either a short email OR a long document. For short emails or tweets an on-screen keyboard works but sometimes I do need to write for a dozen pages and I want that experience to be comfortable.
- Integrated. Everything should “just work.” That means touch scrolling without thinking of drivers, automatic updates without thinking, apps that support all my services (Gmail, Hotmail, LinkedIn, etc.)
- Ecosystem. The apps that I use. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Trello, Words with Friends, etc. I wrote about this in my post “I can’t even think about switching phones without these apps.” Once you’re invested in an ecosystem, the ecosystem itself is a kind of gravity that keeps you on that platform. If I had 2 apps I cared about, switching phones or platforms isn’t a big deal. Once I have 20, I need those 20 to exist on new platform – and be awesome – before I switch.
Nice summary and I’d add just one more thing – ergonomics. As I spend so much time on the computer, my priority order would have:
1. Integrated ease – that is, it’s light, quick and easy. I’ve a MacBookPro17 with a USB plug-in keyboard. The downstroke is minimal, which means if you touch a key, it registers but it speeds up word processing something amazing – how do you think I produce posts in less than 2 mins, with graphics?
The touchpad – one finger, two finger, is a dream, producing any form of scrolling or a multitutde of other functions you dial in. I simply can’t think of a quicker way except a tablet but the tablet can’t do a fraction of what I need it to do.
The static PC in the room remains with a cover over it – it’s just not needed for now. MacBookPro17 + plug-in Apple keyboard + BT package + Safari/Firefox + WordPress = workable system which keeps on keeping on.
2. Ergonomics – my aging body can’t sit at a computer desk or in a chair or kneel on the floor with the laptop on a box or lie on a bed or sit on the loo for any length of time – maybe 20 minutes until I have to completely change position.
If I want to watch a film – lie on the bed. If I want to check emails – anywhere. If I need to do some serious writing – position at a desk where I am right now.
And for me, that’s all I need. In fact, a woman might be horrified how modula everything is in this flat – collapsible/expandable and heaps of floor space as a result [very much from my Russian days].
The bottom line, in the end, is that it works and fulfils needs within a completely acceptable range.