OK, so context:
I’ve had my 2010 White Macbook since 2010, back in high school. It’s been a kick-butt machine and I really have enjoyed using it. I’ve upgraded it with a 512 GB SSD and to 8GB of RAM. I’m due for an upgrade.
I know at this point given the length in time any new computer will be a significant upgrade for me. I was hesitant in the past year to pick up a MacBook Pro given the keyboard issues. That said now I think it’s good to figure out my options.
My budget is about $2,000 or so. Primarily I use it for running various apps at once (multitask anybody?), web browsing, managing my backups, light video work on occasion, lots of Chrome tabs (it’s a disease), writing, and using dictation software (Dragon Dictate). Manly, I have a lot of programs open at once and running. I find my current computer can get overwhelmed and spontaneous restart and is feeling it’s age.
I’m certainly used to and love the reliability of my 2010 Macbook keyboard as well as the layout/spacing. I’d consider using an external keyboard if it’s docked at home. I was considering an iMac for screen real estate but I’d rather have the mobility of a laptop. Often I keep my laptop docked or plugged in overnight and when I’m at work. This could change in the future given I would rather bring in my own device for work then try and use a Windows laptop. I’d also highly think about getting an external monitor as I’d love the roomier screen without going to a 15" as that could get bulky in backpacks etc.
Also for info as well I’d rather have at least 512 GB in storage space though in the next year will probably pick up a Synology as well. I do like the lightness of the MacBook but it might seem too light and not powerful enough.
I’d appreciate any thoughts, questions, or other insights.