For many people the need for the best possible specifications when buying a phone, computer or tablet ranks high in their purchase checklist.
This is a normal thought process, particularly with computers, because the assumption is that the best speed creates a better experience and that it is more likely to create extra longevity. A purchase of the best possible product available, in terms of raw specification numbers, is completely logical.
Or is it?
I was about to purchase a new iMac to replace my beloved 2011 model and instead decided to purchase a second-hand MacBook (the first version). Only one USB-C port, limited specifications in comparison to the MacBook Pro and limited storage capacity alongside a quirky keyboard that I was not sure I would be able to use comfortably.
Well, fast forward a few months and it is, in my mind, the best Mac I have owned to date. It is fast (enough), it has enough storage if I am rigorous with using iCloud and Dropbox and it is able to do everything I need for my freelance work. Even the keyboard has proved to be excellent for me and I sometimes struggle when using deeper keys.
However, the real benefits come in being able to work anywhere I like. In being able to hide it in my rucksack and work during my lunch break, in the garden and basically anywhere else. This is of course kind of true for all laptops, but with the MacBook being so light a then it is much more apparent. Portability can outweigh sheer power if you need to write when you have a spare moment and if your laptop just happens to be with you because it is so easy to carry.
Perhaps we should think about specs in terms of more than just numbers or perhaps we already do? I use an iPhone, not because it is more powerful and all Android devices, but because it works so well for me, and in my opinion is a more refined phone that offers a ‘get it done’ experience without any real hassle.
You can’t measure these things unfortunately and only experiencing the products will help you to understand, but my underpowered flat-keyboarded MacBook is the best I have owned.