I’m really liking this new ultrabook vs. the iPad for writing. Being able to work directly in Final Draft and Word is nice. Being able to use Power Structure on the go is very nice. Being able to use them all at once is… slow. It works, but I think the machine that was twice the price would handle it better. When I am writing in FD but fast switching back and forth with PS for reference, I can end up a couple of sentences ahead of the application. There’s a good buffer so as long as I’m accurate it isn’t that big of a deal, but it does slow things down.
I type quickly, but not that quickly. Unless you hunt and peck you’ll have the same issues if you do what I did and buy the cheapest, smallest machine you could find. The one that was twice the price probably doesn’t have the same issue. In the old days I’d worry about battery life with the faster processor but it advertised 8 hours. That’s impressive. I’m impressed with the 5-6 I’ve been getting from this one.
The good news is that I don’t have any issues at all running a single application and that usually how I roll. The really good news is that my concerns over the larger footprint are completely unfounded. I didn’t think an extra inch LxW would be that big of a deal but I didn’t expect it to actually be better! This little computer is far more stable on my lap than the iPad was.
That’s very convenient when you are switching to a siding to go around a broken down freight train.
Completely unrelated, I watched the “Weeping Angels” episode of Dr. Who last night and I have looked over my shoulder about six times while writing this post. It’s been a long time since TV has made me jumpy. Maybe I should cut back on the coffee. I absolutely love how the show runners are able to switch between laugh out loud silly and pull the covers over your eyes scary using the same premise and characters. Brilliant.