The MacBook Pro has become (nearly) firmly attached to my desktop where it is a powerhouse notebook that has taken over all of my heavy lifting computationally. I use it for virtually everything I do at my desktop and it handles it all with ease. It’s also fun to use, something I haven’t said often about PCs except my Tablet PC. I get a lot of email from folks inquiring how getting the MBP has affected my Tablet PC usage. Short answer- not at all.
I still use the Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC every single day. It is the mobile workhorse that accompanies me each day through my travels and it is a joy to use. It is my favorite PC ever, not just because I love working in ink (I do) but because it is small, light and versatile. It’s so easy to toss it into my bag and just go. I can work in slate mode which I do most of the time or I can swivel the screen around and use it like a little laptop. It’s my choice and that’s what makes it so powerful and so much fun at the same time. Even around my house I find myself grabbing the Fuji to go work on the back porch or in my retreat. I could go to my desk and work on the MBP which is lots of fun too but I am doing that less and less.
Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t even come close to the MacBook Pro for speed or sheer ease of use. But that’s not always the draw when I want to do something specific. It’s the mobility and the fact that due to the outstanding design of the P1610 I give up nothing for that mobility. That’s heady stuff indeed.