Meet My Boyfriend: Macbook Mi-Chan

Rating: ★★★★
Category: Other

I waited this long to write a review about Mi-chan because I wanted for the excitement to simmer a bit. Can’t be too hasty, especially when you’re evaluating something that you had just received after lusting over it for so long. It’s been three months since he arrived and I still am very much in love with him. Everything is so beautiful and shiny on a Macbook and even though Yahoo!Messenger is still at version 3.0, it still looks better than it ever did on a PC.

Mi-Chan has built-in iLife Studio, which allows you to create movies, DVDs, music that look professionally done. If you manage to buy Keynote and Pages, the Mac’s answer to Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, you’d notice the difference in available templates. Well, actually, even with the Microsoft Suite for the Mac, the templates are considerably better looking than the ones available on a PC by default. What’s really nifty about Mi-chan is that he has a built-in webcam, Bluetooth, and the ability to convert just about anything to PDF.

I remember my cousin asking me if she should choose a Sony Vaio over a Macbook and I recall replying with, “Think of it as if you’re choosing a husband.” You’d always have to go with the following critera:

1. Looks (Beauty) – Check!
2. Sophistication – Check!
3. Intelligence – Check!
4. Flexible to my needs – Check!
5. Shows me new ways of doing things – Check!
6. Can switch between right and left brain hemispheres – Check!
7. Reliable – Check!
8. Life expectancy – Ding! Ding! Ding!

Number 8 marks the clincher! I mean, really, who’d want to blow her investment over something that will leave her (or die on her) when the going gets tough? On the second day that I got Mi-Chan, a student of mine tripped over the DSL cable attached to him and sent him flying. Mi-Chan landed with a thud, but, except for the underbite he got from the ordeal, he’s still pretty much running. This is because Mi-Chan has SMS or “Sudden Motion Sensor.” It detects if there’s sudden movement and freezes the hard drive to protect it from possible damage.

Other noteworthy features include the iCal, which is heaven-sent for workaholics like me. I get to organize all my activities, both social and work-related, in color-coded goodness. The Photobooth is also a wicked tool that I use in lieu of a digital camera. Of course, I’d be nuts if I forgot all about iTunes.

Now, before you can say that I kissed my gaming habits goodbye, I would have to inform many PC gamers/web developers that there’s this thing called Boot Camp that lets you partition your drive in such a way that it can also run Windows. Yes, I have Ragnarok Online and Neverwinter Nights on the Windows side of Mi-Chan.

Like all relationships, it’s not always a bed of roses. For one, I can’t run Open Office files. Another thing: My hard disk drive space is too small. I had originally thought that since I don’t use a lot of space on my old PC, the same thing would apply to a Mac. I was dead wrong. Having two operating systems can drain your resources. If I had known this, I would have ordered at least 250GB of disk space. I also have too little memory, having only 512MB RAM to work with. I suppose I’ll have to upgrade.

Mi-Chan also heats up quickly. It would probably be a good thing if he’s human, but I need him cold. The best way to counter this problem is to have the air conditioning running or have fans directed at him. It would also be a good idea to get those steel stands that raises a laptop’s elevation.

Overall, I’m very satisfied with Mi-Chan. Scratch that. I love Mi-Chan. Enough to have my human boyfriend insanely jealous. Heh.

More pictures of Mi-Chan here:


  1. Miguel Javier

    December 15, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    ur ryt. macs are expensive but worth spending on. to bad nabagsak yan ni gino last term! hahaha! Bagong bago pa naman. the look on everyones face… its like they were waiting for something realy scary for u to do. buti nlang mabait kyo.

  2. Bea Lapa

    December 15, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    hahaha! actually sa galit at shock ko nun, hindi impossible na paliparin ko si gino. kaso nangibabaw ang shock eh.


    December 17, 2006 at 6:47 am

    9. dapat “malaki” at malakas- check

  4. Bea Lapa

    December 17, 2006 at 7:38 am

    yung bagong microsoft, gaya gaya lang sa Mac OSX, di pa ganun kaganda ang security. hehe. 😀

  5. Bea Lapa

    December 17, 2006 at 8:03 am

    ayoko ng malaki. mahirap buhatin. mabigat. haha. pero macbook naman pinag-uusapan natin di ba?


    December 17, 2006 at 8:57 am

    ung hard disk ibig ko sabihin… ahahahah! 🙂 para mas malaki ung dalawang partition… hmpf! talagang down na down ang microsoft

  7. Miguel Javier

    December 17, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    oo nga. low security ng microsoft. kmi wlang virus. pero hirap maghanap ng pirated. hahaha! pero meron na nman xp for mac kaya ok na. kaso dahil sa xp magkakaroon ng virus mac mo…

  8. Bea Lapa

    December 17, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    i only use XP to game. haha. so even if a virus infiltrates it, it doesn't matter. no important files in there.


    December 18, 2006 at 9:35 am

    asa ka migs! weakles mac mo men!!

  10. Bea Lapa

    December 19, 2006 at 3:10 am

    haha. actually… multimedia artists, especially serious 3D artists should be using macs. pixar uses apple tools.

    pero migs…sana sumulat ka ng research paper at nanganganib ang grades mo. 😛


    December 19, 2006 at 11:10 am

    yep… sabe nga ng lahat ng tao dapat tlga mac ang gamit ng mga multimedia peoples…. pero mas malakas pa pc ko sa mac ni migs eh. ahahahahh! 🙂

  12. Bea Lapa

    December 19, 2006 at 11:19 am

    laptop kasi ata yang kay migs eh. pag ginamit mo yung mac na desktop, 16GB memory nun. taob PC dun. dapat ang i-compare mo PC versus mac talaga.

    pag laptop, laptop din iharap. 😀


    December 19, 2006 at 11:24 am

    hindi nmn nakalaptop si migz eh.. ung mac nya ung ano… ung isa lng ung lcd tska cpu… g5 yata tawag dun… ung hindi tower… ung unang una. ung maliit na wala pang camera

  14. Bea Lapa

    December 19, 2006 at 11:30 am

    ang lakas mang-asar ni jc! hoist. finals nyo na tomorrow ha. dapat handa na kayo. room 409, 9AM.

  15. kaoko .

    December 23, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    What office files do you need to open? There's an MS office for mac na available, though I dunno how much it is. MS Office pa rin gamit ko sa work e, we need it kasi for connectivity with clients. Kung word lang naman ang kailangan mo though, bubukas yan sa text edit.

  16. Bea Lapa

    December 23, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    Oh no no. I have MS Office for Mac. What I can't open are Open Office files. ^^;;; Apparently, MS Office for Mac does not support Sun Microsystem's Open Office (the extension for document files are *.odt) . ^^

  17. kaoko .

    December 24, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Gomenasai! Sabog ako nung nag-reply, hahaha. ^_^;;

  18. Bea Lapa

    December 24, 2006 at 12:30 am

    dash ok. lahat naman tayo sabog this december eh. haha!

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