One week ago, my beloved Gateway laptop tragically passed away. The hard drive stopped working, and the operating system would not boot since it could not be detected. Fortunately, my most important files and documents were already saved to my Dropbox folder and my flash drive.
With that, I needed a new laptop and I already had one in mind: the MacBook Pro. My toughest challenge was to convince my father to buy me one. It wasn’t easy though, let me tell you. It was almost as difficult as getting more than 5 words out of my sister. In the end, I got my MacBook Pro. Thank you, Dad. I won’t let you down.
At the Apple Store…
As usual, the Apple Store was packed during that Sunday afternoon when I walked in with my father. Kids, teenagers, parents, young adults, and even a few elders could be found trying an Apple device on display. I approached one of the blue-shirted Apple employees, and told him what I wanted. Smiling, he told me to wait for him as he went to look for one of the Apple store “experts” who would be able assist me. Moments later, a guy by the name of Brandon walked up to me and introduced himself.
“Hi, I’m Brandon. Nice to meet you. I heard that you wanted to get a MacBook Pro today?”
I nod my head.
“Why do you want a MacBook Pro, Tony? It’s a really expensive computer, and I don’t want you to end up overpaying.”
Caught off guard, I began to blurt some random quotes filled with as many superlatives as a Steve Jobs’ keynote.
“Well, you know. It has a lot of RAM. And ummm… It’s kinda magical and revolutionary..(coughs)”
Brandon paused, waiting for me to finish.
“No, it’s all right. I just wanted to make sure you have all the facts so you won’t go home feeling unsatisfied(TWSS!). You see, at Apple, we aren’t paid on commission. I’m more likely to down-sell one of our products than try to sound like a salesman.”
I scoffed in disbelief, not knowing the right thing to say in response. Meanwhile, my father stood calmly besides me.
Brandon then asked me if I was a student, and I told him I was. His eyes widened when he heard me, and before I knew it, he began listing a bunch of student discounts I was eligible for. Adobe CS5 Design Premium for only $350? Shit! No way! A free printer?? I LOVE FREE STUFF! A free iPod Touch? I already knew about that. With all these new factors to consider, my decision suddenly became far more complex.
After discussing with my father for another 15 minutes or so, I made the final call and told Brandon that we had made up our mind. I got the MacBook Pro, along with some other great deals. Here they are:
It’s Great To Be a Student!
- MacBook Pro (13 inch, 2.4 GHz): $1099($100 student discount)
- Apple Care: $183 ($66 student discount)
- iPod Touch 2G 8GB: Free (With $199 online rebate)
- Adobe CS5 Design Premium: $349.95 ($1550 student discount!)
The Bad News
Someone robbed me as I walked to the car and stole my MacBook Pro along with everything else.
Gotcha! It definitely felt like the longest walk in the world as I carried over $1500 dollars worth of merchandise. It didn’t help that the mall was closing, the car was parked ten minutes away, and the bag was white with that infamous Apple logo plastered for all to see. Thus, if you want to feel like the President anytime, just buy some stuff at the Apple Store.
If only I had known about the plethora of unbelievable apps available exclusively for Mac computers, it would’ve been enough motivation for me to go after a Mac. Here are some notable ones:
- Tweetie: Tweetie was my favorite Twitter app on the iPod Touch, and I was really bummed out that I couldn’t install the Mac version on my PC. With Tweetie, you get a incredible Twitter client that is so easy to use. It’s nothing like the over-bloated Tweetdeck.
- TextExpander: A great typing shortcut tool that I like to use to store snippets of code. Now, I don’t ever have to look at a site’s source code to copy their doctypes.
- MAMP: With my Windows PC, I used XAMPP for local WordPress development. However, it wasn’t the most user friendly and was bloated with far too many options to figure out. MAMP, which is for the Mac, is so simple to set up. Heck, I’ll even write a blog post about how to set it up. It’s so easy. Stay tuned.
So far, I love my MacBook Pro. It is the best computer I have ever used period. There aren’t as many headaches as with my PC, and best of all, I don’t have any regrets so far about switching.
AARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!! The utter madness! A Mac user! What a devastating turn of events! What computer do you use? Let me know in the comments section below!