This Sunday morning I decided to head back to my long-time old favorite coffee haunt, the Starbucks near my old house. I haven’t been back very much since I moved a month ago and quite frankly I have missed the folks that work here. It’s been an adjustment having switched to different daily coffee shops and I miss seeing these folks that I saw so regularly for a goodly period.
I decided to do something different today, something I haven’t done in a great while. Today I brought the biggest mobile computer I own, the MacBook Pro 17". This is my daily workhorse as it sits on my desk as my main computer but due to its size I rarely take it mobile. I decided to bring it with me today since this is the only place I intend to visit and I wanted to see what I am missing when I leave it at home.
It turns out I am missing quite a bit. Sure the MBP is large but it is very thin and since I only have to carry it from the house to the car and then to the SBUX it’s not that big a deal. I do find that having the super-large screen greatly helps me in my work as I can have multiple windows open much easier and I had forgotten how nice the MBP keyboard works. I use an external wireless keyboard at home so I rarely use the MBP’s keyboard. It didn’t take me very long to get back to typing away using this keyboard I can tell you that. For this brief trip I also brought the Bluetooth wireless Mighty Mouse with me since it’s so thin and easy to carry. It’s been very nice having the mouse with me, although at first I just used the trackpad. That works well too, especially the dual touch scrolling and the two finger tap right click. But I am such a mouse guy that I quickly went back to the Mighty Mouse.
As for battery life, the internal battery is on a pace of about 3.25 hours which is not that bad for such a large notebook with this large screen. I could easily pick up a second battery and thus work for over six hours with this beast if I had to. Hmm, I feel another purchase coming on. :)