A common dilemma or debate is whether we should spend more money and save on our time (e.g., pay the maid to clean our house instead of cleaning it ourselves), or should we save the money and spend more time (walking 20 minutes to the grocery store instead of using the car). Obviously, there are additional attributes that can be gained/lost by deciding on either course of action. My life belief is that while money can come and go, time isn’t. You might have 10,000 dollars in your bank account, but you will have a finite 525,600 minutes per year and can expect to have on average 31.5 million minutes in your entire adult life (counting from your early 20’s to your early 80s). That might sound like a lot of time, but it aint. By the time you finish my post, you’ve lost another 5 minutes of your life. Oh.
This case of Time vs. Money helps me focus on what’s important and to manage my day-to-day tasks, what can be delegated to other service taker and what I should do myself. Recently, I have “bumped” into this argument from a different angle entirely. Read on!
My wife, Moran, has just completed her Holistic Coaching studies and started her practice (I will be talking about Holistic Coaching in a different post). As a symbol of starting a new chapter in professional life, as well as our 6 year old Dell Vostro isn’t what it used to be, I’ve decided to purchase her a new laptop. At the time I was locked on a Lenovo ThinkPad series laptop, which has good construction and one of the best Keyboards among Windows laptop, and was fairly basic in its configuration yet sufficient for my wife needs (as I saw them from the side). When I was about to pull out the credit card, the salesperson told me on the phone that that particular series isn’t marketed anymore in Israel and will not expected to be marketed in the future. Damn. Going back to my research list, I realized that it was located at a sweet spot in the ThinkPad series (per my relative modest budget), so it made me look for other brands. Opening my mind to other options, and having a Macbook Pro at home, I suddenly wondered how much a Mac will cost. A quick search demonstrated that most Macs were ~20-30% more expensive in comparison to all other brands consumer level and way above my budget. Except for the MacBook Air, which was above my budget yet still within a reasonable financial stride that we could afford.
The particular Macbook Air I was talking about is the recently “released” 2017 series, the last one as all reviewers speculate. By released I mean a very modest change of bumping the CPU clock to 1.8 Ghz (5th Gen) and upgrading the onboard RAM to 8Gb.
The main “rants” by the reviewers were the fact that while very popular by the crowds, the Macbook Air was not significantly improved by Apple in terms of screen, ports and even CPU over the past 3-4 years or so, while the rest of the Mac series enjoyed many technological changes. Several reviewer indicated choosing to purchase this laptop isn’t a wise choice when compared to other laptops on the market with similar or even improved specs and with the same or even lower price tags (see Business Insider, TechCrunch and Digital Trends). I was heavily debating whether to take the risk with grandpa or going for the current and up-bit models offered for windows OS.
The argument that made my decision was Time vs. Money which translated to the inherent difference between the Mac and the Windows worlds, the holistic and controlled environment vs. the trillion configuration options the Windows OS can offer with price ranges from street cheap to luxury expensive. Freedom is better, right?
Well, not always.
You see, when you have a single OS that needs to fit and communicate with so many hardware components options, each demanding its own share of the CPU and RAM, something is bound to break. And it does, after a few years, especially if your OS system is keeping getting updates which fix one thing, and break another, over and over. So what happens? a year after your brand PC needs to get an overhaul maintenance, defragment hard drive, even restore an earlier version so to clean the registry due to all kind of updates by windows, or a 3rd party installation played with. These maintenance steps require time investments and as the laptop ages (getting into its 2nd and 3rd year) the frequency and the length of investment increases. At those time points you need to take significant steps such as formatting and re-installing, which takes a lot of time and down the road is disappointing as the responsiveness of the machine rears its ugly head again and again. This is the prime reason why windows laptop hold 2-3 years at best while Macs can live on and on and on. When Apple built the hardware and software together, they made sure everything talked the same language and with the same jargon. Thus, there is almost no need to update your iOS: Why fix it if it ain’t broken?
Realizing this, I was looking into the three top characteristics that my wife needed from a laptop: it should be Friendly to use, strong/responsive and reliable. Does the new Mackbook Air fit the bill? Yes. Will it fit the bill 5 years from now? Yes (as long as I wont update the iOS).
Honey! Enjoy your new Macbook Air!
What do you think? Investing in a top notch laptop can save you time? how about the stability of your iOS/Windows laptop? Is it still handing in there after several years of use?