Hypothetical situation 1 a friend is struggling with that could use some nerd advice.
You’re employed at a job that allows you to, more or less, decide what pieces of technology you’re going to use with the following limitations:
- You have a $4,000 budget
- The $4,000 has to last 4 years
Disregarding all sorts of questions that this kind of question inevitably brings up (What happens if your computer breaks down? What if there’s a nuclear war?), here’s a few assumptions and limitations:
- It’s a Mac environment. 2
- Cell phone device/contract also comes out of the budget. Cell phone is required.
- Mobility is important but not critical.(i.e. an iPad for mobility with a desktop computer is an option)
- The ability to do presentations with a projector (projector already in place)
- Let’s just pretend that taxes and extra cell charges aren’t included
- The office already has a printer, network, internet, etc.
What I’d Recommend
- 11″ MacBook Air ($1,199, 1.6GHz i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
- 22″ Monitor to leave at the desk ($260?)
- iPhone 4S ($159 purchase price, 3 year data plan $50×36 months = $1,800)
You’re at $3,418 so far and haven’t picked up any extra software, mouse, bag, etc. The 11″ MacBook Air, to me, gives you the best trade-off of a portable (i.e. iPad) while still having the full functionality of a computer. Plus the ability to hook it up to a projector or larger monitor if that’s needed is nice. 3
It’s a tough task to try to account for technology over 4 years. It’s good to think about and have restrictions – but $4k over 4 years feels a bit unrealistic for a modern office worker.
What Would You Recommend?
I’ve temporarily turned on comments below because I’d love to hear some discussion on what people would do.
Comments of “buy a Linux laptop with Windows 98” will be properly filed.
- That is not at all hypothetical. ↩
- I’m really happy you enjoy Linux/Windows/etc. & that you can save money by buying something with poorer quality components and more viruses. But I don’t really care. ↩
- Keynote iOS is nice but it’s not there yet for the average user who still wants more than Apple’s minimal vision for what presentations should look like. ↩