I like spreadsheets. Sometimes I find an old spreadsheet and wonder what the heck I mean, when I created it. Today I found an one-year old sheet about laptops and want to share it.
I described scenarios that my lightweight laptop (they used to be called ultrabooks) should satisfy. I added some scores (10 is maximum) for two laptops that I used for the past year: macbook air 2012 and dell xps 12.
Note: I use a laptop as my main working machine at home, I don’t have a working station there.
|Scenario||Metrics||Priority||Dell XPS||Macbook Air|
quick yelp/google maps/mail lookup, close laptop
|Startup time, browser readiness||P1||4||9|
|Scroll web page||Smothness||P1||6||10|
|Adjust sound level
(for music / video)
easy in unusual conditions
(i.e. during sex)
|install toolchain for a new
write “hello world” app using it
|Count of non-automated actions (i.e. install unsigned drivers)||P2||3||7|
|clone source from github, build project||Any additional software required?||P1||4||7|
|install a new general purpose software||easy to find,
easy to install
|Type instant message in dark room, laying in a bed||how much time do you need to do it,
is it a good expirience
|Play a game from steam||Is this OS supported for games?
Does laptop have enought space to install one more 7-Gb game?
Does hardware allow me play some new hits?
That’s pretty much sums up why I prefer macbook air. Yep.