Hardware? PC’s, MAC’s, desktops, latops, screens, printers etc. What do you need to write and what is really necessary.
OK, so for me I use a 1.9ghz ACER laptop running windows 7 that comes with 4 GB of RAM and 750 GB hard drive. We’ve been good friends now for over 2 years but frequent trips to electronics store have me thinking, do I need something else?
Most writers I know, and I’m not sure if this is the rule, but most are MAC users. MAC users absolutely, hand on heart, love their MACS but when I ask why, they simply tell me it’s because they’re far superior to windows run systems. Now on the face of it MAC’s have similar specs to most windows systems, aside from operating system, but the Apple price tag can be up to twice as much. I understand computer viruses and malicious software isn’t a big issue with MAC’s but with Norton Antivirus protection I’ve never had a successful attack on my system. So like the TV ad from a few years back, I’m the nerdy PC guy not Justin Long.
Now to Specs. How specy does the system need to be?
Running most word processing software doesn’t require a monstrosity of a system that’ll run the latest games. Scrivener for instance uses 1 GB of RAM, 1ghz processor and takes up 100 mb of disk space meaning you don’t need the best and brightest of systems for the job. A netbook could run the software comfortably. I can’t comment on other writing software but it could be assumed that they would try and make their products run with the most minimal of specs to achieve as wide a market as possible.
Desktops are quickly disappearing. People want mobility not tethering to a desk. The advent of the tablet is a testament to this shift. My laptop weight 2.6 kilos (5.7 pounds) so can get to be little heavy when in its carry bag which also carts around my notes, a book or two, a drink bottle and maybe gym clothes. Not the most cumbersome of items but a little pain in the backside at times. It’s 15 inch screen is probably more then I need too. Some systems weight as little as 1 kilo (2.2) pounds, are really slim and come in 11 or 13 inch screens. Samsung have an awesome range of ultrabooks I’ve been thinking about. Writers I think need mobility and flexibility to move about as they choose. The designated writing space doesn’t alway cut it and roaming the outsides can kick writer’s block to the kerb.
The only other hardware I use and feel I need is a printer. My wife who is my first beta reader, can only review my work on printed paper. The printer I use is a brother $48 dollar laser printer. The quality difference for me is minimal from expensive to cheap printers. If I was to send in a manuscript to a publisher or agent I would have it printed professionally anyway so only need a half decent job when reviewing work at home.
So, that’s my party piece on hardware. Let me know what you use and what you find useful?