Since my 6+-year-old Gateway laptop died early February last year, I switched back to a desktop with a Dell All-in-One. Although during its first two weeks of use since its purchase gave me a huge hiccup that left me with no PC for almost a month, since its repair this system has been serving me very well. I was able to work on some graphics and designing with Adobe software and some other various alternative open-source graphics software with no problems or issues at all. I started learning web development and successfully turning this machine in to a local web server instead of me wasting precious web server space just to do some experimental stuff using Microsoft Web Matrix.1 In short, this awesome basic PC2 has gotten the job done for me.
And in addition, I’m able to play some really awesome PC games and MMORPGs that would mostly run very sluggish on my old laptop before. I still may not have a super-fancy video graphics card on this all-in-one but powerful enough for me to play my games with minimal lagging.3 But that’s beside the point.
There is one particular coding bootcamp that I would like to attend hopefully next year and of course, in hopes of finally getting myself into the web development industry. However, one of the requirements for this bootcamp for us is to have a MacBook Pro 16GB RAM laptop to do our designing and coding projects. Coding bootcamps are supposed to teach you, train you, and guide you to finding a job in the web development industry. A lot of these coding bootcamps can be as expensive as paying tuition for college, and yet they also require all their students/trainees to have, in my opinion, one of the most expensive “arm-and-a-leg costing” systems along with the painful tuition. How can willing students on a tight budget like myself to be able to afford all of that, especially if sellers of those laptops like the MacBook Pro4 don’t have some form of payment plan? It’s just too much.
So, I’ve been shopping around, more like researching, for any PC alternatives to the MacBook Pro, and I’ve found a few5 that fits the requirements. Unfortunately, they somewhat cost an arm and a leg too, but they do have low payment plans, which would be quite convenient. Still shopping around though.
I’ve read many blog articles from around the net stating that having a Mac or a PC all depends on personal preference. I’ve also read this particular article (though dated last year) that also convinced me that I don’t need to shell out so much money for a laptop for web development. I started learning Ruby on Rails using an IDE and even installed Ruby on Rails in my system without any problems.
On the other hand, even though Apple is a “locally-grown brand,”6 it’s one of the few that I am not a huge fan of. Maybe if I took the time to learn more of its development superpowers from what I learned in middle school,7 not to mention earning a lot of money right now, I would go for a MacBook Pro. However, as a budding web developer who cares more about having her test projects working perfectly in all platforms, I would rather stick to a PC. My first web designer job from some years ago had PCs as their preferred systems after all.
Lastly, another article finally convinced me to choose my future laptop a lot more wisely. I’m asking those who may come across this article to give me any suggestions for alternatives for a 16GB MacBook Pro, unless if there’s an available Mac laptop that’s similar but a more affordable price that I can pay by installments instead. Seriously though, why apples?
On the sidenote...
- PHP wouldn’t work on XAMPP when I downloaded it here for some stupid reason [↩]
- I’m saying basic because it doesn’t have the superpowered specs that most professional web designers and developers in the industry use. [↩]
- No such thing as a perfectly lagless performance in my opinion. [↩]
- and pretty much Apple products in general… [↩]
- Dell XPS series, HP Envy series [↩]
- speaking as a Bay Area resident referring to a worldwide-known company that was born and raised in the Bay Area, so yeah… “locally-grown brand.” [↩]
- When I got my first exposure to computers for the very first time as a kid, my first computer that I’ve learned and used was the very old and classic Apple IIGs, which is the (grand)parent of the Macintosh systems. When my dad first bought a home computer for the first time, it was a PC with DOS command system as its default rather than the newly-installed Windows 3.1. [↩]