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​$1800 MacBook Purchased to Use Facebook, Google Drive, Canvas


Photo by Hamza Butt / CC BY 2.0

Connor Zhao (C ’20) recently purchased a new 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1799 plus tax. The computer features a 3.1GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of SSD storage, and a powerful Radeon Pro discrete GPU.

It will be used to browse Facebook and do homework in Google Drive and Canvas.

The device is capable of complex 3D graphics and renderings, 4K multi-cam video editing, and graphics-intensive gaming. Zhao's use of the computer will take advantage of precisely none of these capabilities.

The computer satisfied Zhao's long list of demands for a new computer. “I wanted something powerful and reliable,” he said. “I wanted to be able to simultaneously check for new emails while placing a pickup order at Sweetgreen.”

Zhao also loves the meticulous product design of his new MacBook. “It’s so sleek and they pay such close attention to materials and ergonomics,” Zhao said. “I have a lot of cool stickers to put on it.”