Functionality vs. Design

I currently own an early 2014 MacBook air. Here are the specs:

  • 13.3 inch screen
  • 128 or 256 based flash storage
  • Native resolution of 1440 by 900
  • Battery power of up to 12 hours using wireless interned
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 4GB of memory
  • Camera
  • Two USB ports
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core Interl Core i5
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
  • Operating Sytem: OS X Mavericks
  • Price: $900

I had a 2011 Macbook Pro, but realized I didn’t need the processing power and it was too slow.

My dream computer would be:


Apple 21.5-inch iMac/1.4GHz (Mid 2014) $1099

  • 1.4GHz

    dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up
    to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache

  • 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive

    Configurable to 1TB hard drive, 1TB Fusion Drive, or 256GB of flash storage (SSD).

    Intel HD Graphics 5000

    • Height: 17.7 inches (45.0 cm)
    • Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)
    • Stand depth: 6.9 inches (17.5 cm)
    • Weight: 12.5 pounds (5.68 kg)2



    Dell 27 XPS Touch All in One Desktop ($1599.99)

    • 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4460S Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
    • 1TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
    • Intel HD Graphics without TPM
    • (4) USB 3.0, (1) RJ-45 10/100/1000, HDMI out, HDMI In
    • Weight without stand: 28.2lbs (12.8kg) Weight with stand: 35.3lbs (16.0kg)

    If someone were to give me the money to buy a computer, I would probably buy a Chromebook, and then I would buy the iMac or upgrade to the more recent air. They’re relatively cheap, and does what I need. Computers are tricky to predict for the future because I don’t know where I will end up in the next two years (whether in a startup or in an establish company, or working remotely). My career will really factor in if I need a more powerful computer down the line, but for now an iMac would serve a lot of my needs.

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