I spent so long agonising over whether or not to buy it in the first place; then I bought it, and 8 months later I sold my MacBook Pro.

In May last year (2012) Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and I immediately wanted one. I waited several months for Lenovo to make it available to buy, and when they finally launched it there was no i7 model. I contacted them through their website and they replied to the effect "there are currently no plans...". It was a big disappointment, but according to a couple of forums (fora?) rumour had it that an i7 model was coming in November. So I waited until November; still no i7 model.

So I plumped for a MacBook, and a week later - before I'd even receivedthe MacBook ("Ready within 24 hours" - when Apple get round to sending it is a different matter), Lenovo announced the i7 version of the X1, followed shortly by a touch-screen version.

I think I've had buyer's remorse ever since then.

Too much power

Now, the MacBook Pro has its good points, which I've enumerated before: the screen, the touchpad... However, I've also realised that the MacBook simply had too much power compared to what I needed. It's one thing to want the laptop to boot up faster than lightning, but running that level of hardware comes at a cost, and that cost is heat and battery power. As I found, simply browsing the web on that MacBook Pro (running Win8, if that made any difference) would induce a sweat, such is its heat. And besides, for the type of work I do, the high-spec of the MacBook's innards are probably over-spec. For one thing, do I need a top-of-the-line GPU when I don't use the laptop for gaming or watching video? Perhaps if I was editing 4K video or playing World of Warcraft on the highest settings I'd appreciate the high-spec, but for compiling .NET projects?

Furthermore, it's weight (~5.5lbs) actually makes it feel hotter. I use the laptop on my lap, that is to say, not on a desk, so I'm conducting that heat from the underside of the aluminium unibody.

Over time I also got fed up with looking at a white screen for 12 seconds upon each startup while it ran the BIOS emulation for BootCamp (compared to the 3 or 4 seconds it would take Windows to start up).

I just didn't feel like I had gained any noticeable advantage from the extra cost.

I reckon that in the time I've owned this MacBook Pro, atleast once per week I've thought about how much more convenient the X1 would have been. So a couple of weeks ago I decided to cut my losses, sell the MacBook and buy the X1.

So what next?

Am I now the proud owner of a ThinkPad X1 Carbon? Not exactly. And I'm not sure that I will be, after all.

Over the last week I've put some serious effort into reading up on the spec differences in the X1 models (for example, is it worth paying for the faster CPU?) and found that it actually has a terrible screen. I'm also increasingly aware of the Haswell line of Intel CPUs which are going to be on the market soon. So I've taken to forums to look for rumours of an X1 successor.

That's where I came across the ThinkPad T440s. It has been 'leaked' but not formally announced, though it's quite amazing what details the ThinkPad geeks are able to dig up. At this point in time it looks like I'll buy a T440s when it became available.

Windows 8 Start screen - Andrew Jameson

The yet-to-be-announced Lenovo ThinkPad T440s [Image from Lenovo.]

My next laptop will definitely have less power than the MacBook Pro. This experience has shown me that I'm willing to sacrifice computing power for physical comfort. Less power = less weight, less power = less heat, less power = less cost, and less power = more battery time.

Thing is, if the X1 launch is anything to go by, I could be waiting for months.

Seller's remorse?

You're probably wondering why I didn't make my mind up about the X1 before I sold the MacBook Pro? Well, I knew that if I was going to sell it, I had to sell it sooner rather than later because of the Haswell CPU launches. There's no telling when Apple are going to launch a Haswell iteration of the MacBook, so I wanted it off my hands, and with the knowledge that I had sold it rather than hoping I could sell it, before I allowed myself to focus on another new laptop.

I think that in the immediate future I'll just go without a new laptop. I still have my old, creaking laptop that I can use (for writing this blog post) but I'll put my hobby software development projects on the back burner, wait for the Haswell laptops to flood the market over the next 3 months or so and see what stands out. The positive outcome of this will be doing the things I never seem to get round to because I can't bring myself to close the laptop, such as reading intended books, sitting back down at the piano again; my girlfriend's certainly pleased that I won't be spending so much time behind a laptop.

Atleast now when some Apple fanboy tells me "you should have got a Mac, they're just better" I can reply "I did, and it wasn't".