25 REASONS I Love Writing with My MACBOOK AIR and PRO Notebooks in 2017

Macbook Air 11 Inch

[Page updated: 20 January 2018]

Before I finally broke down and bought a MacBook Air computer, I laughed at them for years. I had a MAC 17 inch G4 Powerbook back in 2001 I think it was. It looked great, but the user experience was junk. I couldn’t even get the cursor to move fast enough using the trackpad, I’d have had to use a mouse. No dice. I sold it the next day on EBay.

It took me eleven more years to consider Apple computers again.

Guess what? I am SO glad I did. I had lost my faith in Microsoft Windows and I was ready to throw all my computers out the window and do something drastic, like start a brick and mortar business.

Apple 13″ MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Mac OS, Silver, MQD32LL/A (Newest Version)

Instead, I continued writing…

Here is the Video – or, scroll down to see it printed out for you.

25 Reasons I LOVE Writing with My MacBook Air in 2017:

I updated this post to reflect my latest purchase – the MacBook Pro 13″ Retina notebook. Same basic thing, but even better.

1. Super Slim. I have no problem with carpal tunnel syndrome, my wrists can remain straight and I have zero problems with hand strength and pain in my wrists though I am writing for hours every day. This is a MAJOR plus, for those of you with Carpal Tunnel now that are ready to give up writing. Try a MacBook Air.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – not as thin, and heavier by 1 lb. It’s 3 lb. total.

2. Sweet Keyboard. Though it wasn’t perfect when I first started using it, I am now very accustomed to the keyboard travel, the spacing between keys, and the layout of the keys. I still wish like hell there were separate backspace and delete buttons and HOME and END keys, but I am so happy with typing on this keyboard overall that I cannot complain. If you want to upgrade to a different MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, the keyboard remains the same size! No more relearning a different keyboard every time you switch computers!

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Keyboard – really nice too (pre-2016). Slightly more key travel.

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3. Keyboard Backlighting. Essential in this age of working when the kids and wife have fallen asleep and the overhead light needs to be off. There are 15 levels of backlighting brightness – more than enough.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – has same.

4. Durability. My wife, being on the shorter end, and not being able to see up high on the shelf where I slid this ultra-thin Air, pushed a box up on the shelf and off slid my $1,200 MacBook Air. It crashed like thunder on the hard tile floor. It was a horrible sound that still replays in my mind. Guess what? It works perfectly, even after a fall from 6 feet to the hard tile floor. There are 2 very minor spots, I won’t even call them dings, that are evident after the fall. That’s it. It runs perfectly. It’s an absolute tank.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Durability? I think the Air might fair better in falls because it’s just so light. Made of same aluminum.

5. Build Quality. To go further about the build and aesthetics of the Air, it is as if aliens made this thing. Next time you’re in a Best Buy, Apple Store, wherever, take a close look at the keyboard. Type with it. Turn the machine over and check out the seams where the anodized aluminum meets. It’s 3-4 levels above anything anybody else puts out – even the ASUS that looks similar. It is absolutely STUNNING, pure and simple.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Build Quality – is awesome, and just like the Airs.

MacBook Air for writers - hard to beat.
6. Base Model is Perfect. There is no need to upgrade the RAM, Hard Drive, or processor. The MacBooks are super fast while opening apps, and don’t crash. I had one minor lockup but I was able to put it in sleep mode, turn it back on, and it worked fine since. The price has dropped since I got mine, you can now get them for just $999 with 128GB SSD – solid state drive (hard drive storage), and 4 GB RAM. You don’t need to worry about operating system and licenses, it comes with the computer – not like Microsoft’s nonsense.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – the base model is just right for writers. No point in upgrading processor unless you’re doing heavy video editing.

Apple 13″ MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Mac OS, Silver, MQD32LL/A (Newest Version)

7. No Viruses. I haven’t had any virus found with the antivirus program in nearly one year of use. That’s amazing, considering I live in Asia where there is a very high incidence of that floating around.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same, haven’t had a virus in 2 yrs.

8. Extraordinary Battery Life. 10-14 hours of battery life! (2013 Haswell processor versions)

Now there is a newer MacBook with a retina screen that is pretty amazing if you just need a very light computer with a very clear screen for writing. See it here:

9. Super Lightweight. My 11.6 inch Air weight about 2.38 pounds. The 13 inch weighs less than 3 pounds (2.96). I now throw it in my backpack no matter where I’m going – even if I think there is only a remote chance I’ll use it. That makes it tremendously handy.

10. Lightweight Power Adapter. The power adapter is lightweight compared to all other computers (non-Apple) I’ve had in the past 20 years.

11. Very Bright Screen. The MacBook Airs don’t have the new retina screen (yet), but they do have very bright and high contrast screens that makes writing on them a joy no matter how much ambient light you have. If you have full-on bright sunshine, you won’t be happy, but in all other circumstances – it’s great!

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – screen is similar, but much, MUCH sharper on the retina.

Apple MacBook Air and Pro - both are great keyboards for writers.
12. Magnetic Power Connector. This is a nice touch. In the past I’ve had to be ultra-careful with the power adapter where it plugs into the computer. They short easily because they bend a lot. The MacBook has an amazing magnetic plug that sticks until you pull it too hard. Ever have a kid trip across your power plug wire and pull your computer off the desk? No more… it simply unplugs and your computer doesn’t move. Very reassuring.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – has same.

13. Open Office Software Works on Mac! I write all my books in Open Office’s “Writer” application. There is a free version for Mac, so I’m set. Open Office can save to PDF or Microsoft Word formats for submitting to Amazon’s KDP, or Smashwords.com.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – I just switched back to Word. It’s just nicer and doesn’t cost too much. You can buy the entire program now for $125.

14. Dedicated Show Desktop Buttons. The F3 button will take you out of whatever program you’re working on and show you the open programs and desktop options – instantly. The F4 button will take you to the application launcher so you can launch any other program instantly.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

15. iBooks Store Access. Not just access, but Apple gives you a free to download program called, “iBooks Author” which gives you an ideal way to create pre-formatted ebooks for the store. You just add your own text and photos and publish the book in the Apple iTunes iBooks store. There is a separate option that turns your newly created book into a PDF file – and you can sell that anywhere you want.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

16. Keyboard Shortcuts. Always running under the operating system is a massive number of keyboard shortcuts that help you do accomplish little tasks much faster than you would if you had to move the mouse around and click on menus. It took a couple of weeks to figure out which were most appropriate for me to learn, but now I’m very pleased with the experience.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

17. Boom App! This is a $5 application you can download for your MacBook Air that cranks up the volume of your speakers incredibly. I was having issues watching some Youtube videos that were recorded at a volume too low to hear well. Or, maybe I’m going deaf. Regardless… I installed this app and I can now hear everything loud enough. I’ve never seen such a thing to fix a PC notebook.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – speakers maybe slightly better, but still could use the Boom app to crank it up a bit.

18. Hibernate Works! Just close the display lid anytime and everything instantly goes into hibernate mode. Open it and you have access in seconds. I’ve not had it stutter in 11 months. Amazing that it works so well.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – never had a problem.

19. Whites are White. Blacks, Black. The color profile on the MacBook Airs are right on – from the time you first start the machine. the colors are vivid and the images clear. My last half dozen IBM PC notebook computes had color profiles that were completely off. Usually, they are tinted toward blue.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – even better color gamut.

20. Inter-compatibility with iPhone and iPad. I had an iPhone 3GS for a while, but it was older and secondhand and the battery was junk. Now we have an iPad Mini – and the inter-compatibility between the Air and iPad is nice. If you have an iPhone – you’ll be glad you have a Mac computer too.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

21. Cool Palm-rest! If you’ve ever tried to type for a couple of hours on a notebook that’s toasting your wrists and palms, it’s not a good experience. The palm-rest for the MacBook Air 11.6″ is always cool, unless you’re playing some Youtube videos. Even then, I’m playing one now and still the palm-rest is quite a nice temperature.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – not same, it’s higher, but still not an issue with carpal tunnel.

22. Built In Free Instant Messaging / Video Chat. I was sitting here typing up an article for one of my blogs. All the sudden I got an iMessage notification. It was my lost-to-the-world cousin Mark, zapping me a message from his MacBook Air in Philadelphia. I’m in Thailand. How he found me I still haven’t the slightest idea. I’ll figure it out. Since then I’ve video chatted with my brother from my MacBook while he’s on his iPad. I’ve seen my nephews and nieces for the first time in so many years.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

Apple 13″ MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Mac OS, Silver, MQD32LL/A (Newest Version)

23. Built-in Apps. Nearly everything I need is already included on the computer when you turn it on. The only extras I added were: Open Office, Skype, FTP program, iBooks Author, Amazon’s Kindle for Mac software, and the Boom app for increasing sound volume. The iPhone app works very well, I love it. There are Quicktime and iMovie for video editing.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – same.

Finally, the last two reasons I absolutely love the MacBook Air… it’s worth buying the thing JUST for these. Both are features of the amazing trackpad.

24. The Trackpad is JUST MAGIC! One thing that always drove me absolutely bonkers about other notebook computers is that their trackpads were horrible. I haven’t had a good trackpad… EVER, until I got this MacBook Air. It is literally MAGIC. I never feel like I made a mistake with it. I never have my palm get in the way and move my cursor as I’m writing an article or book. The cursor movement using the trackpad is very smooth and very accurate. It doesn’t jump around. It is just, without any other way to explain it – PERFECT. The other MacBook Airs and Pros also have the same trackpad.

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – exact same trackpad (TouchPad). It’s literally heaven sent. A must for all computer users. Seriously, it’s such a perfect piece of hardware.

25. Gestures – 15! MacBooks have the most amazing gestures. Two finger tap for right click. Four finger swipe up to see all open apps tiled for easy selection. Four finger swipe right and left to switch between open and maximized applications (the coolest).

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina – have same.


UPDATE January 15, 2017: I still use my MAC. It is far superior to Windows and other hardware. I’ve upgraded to a 2013 MacBook Pro. The keyboard is slightly softer than the Air, and also highly recommended. I do NOT recommend the latest 2017 MacBook Pros – they changed the keyboard radically and honestly, it sucks for writers. Try it yourself at the Apple Store. See what you think. Let me know in the comments.

UPDATE November 2, 2017: I still use Apple computers, and I’m loving the experience.

Apple 13″ MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Mac OS, Silver, MQD32LL/A (Newest Version)


Here’s an interesting email I got about the durability of the keyboard on the MacBook Air – and my email response:

Hello,

I’ve watched Your video about a MacBook Air as a perfect machine for a writer. So here’s my question: You’ve obviously used it for quite a while, is the keyboard durability good? My point is that I’m a writer myself and own a Lenovo Thinkpad. After writing my first book (300+ pages) I find my keyboard to be a lot more “washy” and not that pleasant to use as it used to be. Do You have any similar experience (I know You’ve used Lenovo/Ibm in the past)? Do You have any issues with Your MacBook Air?

I would be thankful for advice :)

Greetings from Poland,

Lucas

MF response:

Good question Lucas…

With my cheap Lenovo – I also noticed that some of the keyboard feels was different after a year of hard writing. With my HP PROBOOK – the same thing. But, in both cases that enabled me to type faster and with fewer errors since my muscle memory KNEW the keyboards and I was accustomed to them.

However, does that mean the keyboards were going to wear out?

The HP lasted for 5 years of very heavy use… the keyboard today does not have the same feel as the new one, but no matter, I can still FLY on that thing. I still love it. However, 1 key has fallen off. It is very easy to replace keyboards (and cheap) on PCs, but maybe not on macs – not sure.

The Lenovo works well too – no sign of falling apart after 3-4 years.

I’ve used this 11-inch 2012 MacBook Air for 15 months of heavy use (3,000 words per day average).

It’s doing great. I think same exact feel as when new.

So, that’s all i can say for now. It feels brand new, just like the new ones I try in the apple store.

That said, try the MacBook PRO keyboards because they DO give slightly more key travel and it’s a different feel. Though I love the MacBook Air keyboard, I absolutely CRAVE the MacBook Pro retina 13 keyboard.

So, there you have it. Hope that helps. I’ll post this on my latest page about the Ultimate Notebook for Writers so it can help more people.

If you want the latest – here is the newest MacBook that is about 2.5 pounds and the keyboard is revolutionary. I’ve used it a half-dozen times in the store. I hate to say it, but I type more accurately with it than I do with my MacBook Pro or Air. Here it is:

Cheers,

VL

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