Hello savvy CafeTran users,
Well, I had to use my third-party warranty to be reimbursed for a crappy Asus laptop, and so now I am considering a Mac yet again.
I was wondering if you could share your reasoning for choosing and staying with a Mac as strictly a tool for translating.
In my case, all of the heavy work is done in CafeTran, but I have to final review in Trados and hand in Trados return packages for almost all of my clients.
If you are working only on the laptop, I'd suggest a bigger MacBook Pro pimped up with extra RAM, especially when using CT with DragonDictate. For doing only some work (in the evening, on the road) I'd suggest a MBA (also with extra RAM). Concerning Trados, I prefer VM Fusion to Parallels as you are allowed to use it on all your OS X devices, and IMHO it is a bit faster (and less noisy with its ads and extra apps).
For heavy work (all day long) I am using an iMac with 27''. Screen size is king, really.
Thanks for the feedback.
Yeah, I bought a massive Clevo barebones monster laptop back in 2009. It is actually a desktop motherboard and I7 cpu.
It has been a great computer, still going strong, but it is really huge and heavy. Not portable, strictly a desktop replacement.
However, as my Big Moma TM continues to grow, the 6g of ram in that is just not enough.
I could add ram, but I want something that is actually portable.
I did go and check out some laptops at the local Staples and Best Buy.
I spent a few moments with the Macs, but I don't know, for me I just cannot get past the keyboard.
I simply hate it. I don't how anyone who types as much as a translator does can live with that keyboard.
Of course, compared to the mechanical keyboard I always use with my desktop, all laptop keyboards suck, but I just cannot see myself using the Mac keyboards and Samsung keyboards (which seem to be Mac copies).
Lenovo seemed to have the better keyboard feel, but I have never owned one or really considered that brand before.
You should consider
No, I mean the actual feel of typing on Mac keyboards. I cannot stand it.
Unfortunately, that alone is a deal-breaker for me.
I went ahead and took a bit of a risk by ordering a Lenovo P50 direct from them without having tried one out in the flesh.