**Originally posted on Tested, but I thought I'd attempt to gather any Giant Bomb opinions as well. Because knowledge is power. Or something.**
So, I like to write. I do it quite a bit. I currently have a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook that I like a whole lot. It even has a 3G radio built-in, which I'm delighted to almost never use. It's great.
Anyway, I've been thinking about upgrading. First I considered the new model Samsung Chromebook that runs an ARM processor. It would be even lighter, and produce even less noise and heat, which would both be nice. Otherwise it would be the same great ecosystem that I've grown to love. Then there's the fact that it's only $250. But it's sold out everywhere--has been for a while--and there's no indication of when it'll be back in stock.
Then I thought about perhaps getting a machine that's a bit more... serious? Sure, that's a fine word. For $1,000 I could step up to the big leagues and own a machine that would seemingly be perfect for my needs: A Macbook Air. The biggest advantage would be a nicer writing environment, because as cool as Google Docs is, it's just not ideal, especially for lengthy pieces of writing.
So I come to ask a question: What do I need to know in order to not throw my money away? Is there a good time of year to buy a MacBook Air? Perhaps a reliable window where they're commonly refreshed? Can I get away with buying an older model on the cheap? Are they basically the same? Are the extra two inches significant between the two current models? Any information that would make me more confident in my purchase would be much appreciated. Maybe even just reinforce how awesome the one you own is, haha. Or conversely maybe you think yours is terrible, in which case maybe I'll go with another Chromebook. Oh, and if you own one, how is the battery life?
What are your thoughts,
Tested Giant Bomb community?