A little over a week ago, I was in the middle of an interesting week … and not in a good way. Whammy number one was a corrupted OS on my desktop computer. A visit to my local computer shop revealed that all was lost – I had key data backed up elsewhere – and there was no bringing the computer back … not without spending a fortune anyway.
Whammy number two occurred two days later. Checking my Kindle and iPhone, I had no network connectivity. A quick visual inspection confirmed my router was good but my modem was dead in the water. Fifteen minutes later I was on Amazon and ordered a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, with one day shipping.
The modem was an easy fix. However, replacing the computer required a little more thought. I was already sick of PCs and the Windows OS; it seems to me there are always issues. I had considered going with Apple the last time I had major issues but returned to the Windows fold … not this time.
Looking for a little guidance, I fired off an email to frequent contributor here at RetirementSavvy, Brian Tramuel, who I know to be an Apple fan and computer user. I informed him I was considering an Apple computer, and while it didn’t have to be the very best, I wanted something with plenty of memory, a robust processor, and a laptop that could reasonably take the place of a desktop. His suggestion? The 15.4″ MacBook Pro. He also informed me that he bought his refurbished and has not had any problems the last four years. I was sold, as you see above. I’m confident this refurbished MacBook – 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina, 16GB of SDRAM, 256GB Flash Storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics – is going to work out quite well.
While learning my way around the MacBook may take a little time, I’m already very pleased with the decision and of course, I’m firmly back in the saddle.