The ultimate writer's notebook computer, the Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch.My mother used to buy things when she was upset.

Refrigerators, couches, cars. She’d buy something big. It satisfied her in the short-term and wasn’t tragic in the long-term, so she continued doing it on through to now. She’s seventy-one.

I’ve done well in Thailand not buying tech items like the madman I was back in the mainland USA. Not having the wads of cash here, like I did there, has a lot to do with it. Still I’ve been restrained on occasion when I could have gone apeshit and bought something that intrigued me and that I didn’t necessarily NEED.

Enter the 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13-inch with Haswell Processor.

Those of you familiar with this blog will know I write inordinate amounts, ludicrous amounts really, about the ideal writing device for authors. In the past I’ve recommended Lenovo E125’s, Lenovo X1’s, and Macbook Airs.

Today I’m going to recommend the 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13-inch notebook computer as the ultimate writing tool that exists in today’s market.

Why? Just a few reasons, none of which is cost. This beast checks in – in Thailand, at 49,900 Thai Baht, which is roughly $1,500 USD for the 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD, retina screen version.

Reasons I’ve decided to buy the Macbook Pro Retina 13:

1. Display. As a writer, there is magic in the words I’m writing. Not always, but you know, when you’re in a good flow and it’s like god or satan is guiding your fingers to type pure brilliance. Unfortunately, when I look at the words as I type them, I see pixels, letters, and words if I’m using my Macbook Air 11- inch. This display has 137 pixels per inch resolution, and it’s GOOD, but it isn’t AWESOME. I’ve been back to the Apple store about seven times in the last two months to type on the 13 inch retinas, and I’m convinced, there is a demon in there conjuring magic with the words I write. I can write junk, and it shows up as magic on the screen. That’s the best!

If you haven’t tested one of these bad-boys out yet, do yourself a favor and go have a look. Open the TextEdit application and select Verdana – regular – 36 font. Then, go ahead and type something. Anything. What you see will be unadulterated magic. The text will be so vivid, you’ll wonder how you did without it. I feel that way anyway. Go try it.


2. Keyboard. I used to prefer the Lenovo X1 keyboards. Now that I’ve used a Macbook Air 11 inch for over a year, I realize that keyboards are meant to grow on me. I now love the keyboard on this 11 inch Air. However… As I typed on the Macbook Pro 13-inch retina at the store, I realized, they have a little bit more downward key-travel than the smaller Air I have at home. They are quieter and the feeling of depressing keys is softer somehow. The result is more magic. I absolutely love the keyboard on the 13 inch pro retina already, and I’ve only used it to type a thousand words or so as I’ve tried it out in the store. I know when I get it home I’ll be drinking it a toast of Thailand’s finest whiskey. Or, whatever is available.

I strongly suggest you go try the keyboard at the Apple store.

3. Trackpad. I’ve spouted off about the trackpads on the Macbook Pro and Air line of Apple computers since I got mine, and I’m not about to stop now. The trackpad is the best in the world – still. I watch a hell of a lot of videos on Youtube to see if there might be any other company that finally got the trackpad figured out – and there isn’t one. I can’t see EVER using any computer except one with a perfect trackpad because they are the source of much gnashing of teeth when they aren’t spot-on. The 13-inch Macbook Pro 13 retina trackpad is even a little bit larger than the one on my 11 inch Air. Again, this is just more of the magic I crave.

That’s it. That’s the WHY I’m buying this notebook.

Can I afford it? Hell no.

What will I do with my old 11-inch Air? Give it to my wife. I would sell it, but since she knocked it off a shelf from about 6 feet high onto hard tile six months back, we’d have to tell admit that to whomever we sold it to. That would mean we couldn’t sell it for more than maybe $500, though it works perfectly, the fall didn’t affect it at all. Instead of make back $500, we’d just keep it.

What is my justification for buying a $1,500 item when I can’t afford it?

It will help me write the BIG BOOK I need to complete this year because I didn’t write it in 2013. I’ll shame myself into writing it because I won’t let that expensive computer sit on the table gathering ants in its innards. I’ll use it and produce masterful works of fiction. This in turn will give us pockets overflowing and smiles all around.

Since I’ve been bringing up this new Macbook Pro the wife is already talking about a younger sibling for our four year old princess. Coincidence? Nope.

So friends, this is the delusion I’m living under for the time being.

Are you getting one? Do you already have one? Is there another computer you think is the ultimate writing tool?


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