the one thing I don’t like about my Macbook

I love my MacBook. I really do. His name is Bernard. Bernard is the right size for my personal laptop. I don’t want a big MBP for my own use, I like Bernard’s small form factor. I’m okay in making the tradeoff of price and size versus the better video card that’s in the MBP — although I do have to admit that I’ve considered installing The Sims 2 on my work MBP to play it there instead. Then I realised that playing such games through meetings with my manager would officially constitute a Bad Idea.

For all of my love of Bernard, I do have one problem with him. The edges are sharp. If my laptop is actually in my lap and if I’m doing a lot of mousing, I move my hand so that my palm is resting on the edge of the laptop. On my work MBP, this is fine. The edge there is just a little bit rounded. Not so on Bernard — which, I suppose, is probably fitting, given his namesake. If I’m doing a lot of mousing (such as with my aforementioned Sims), my palm hurts! I noticed that I’ve been folding up my screen protector and using it as a little pillow between the edge of the laptop and my palm.

I know that I could just use an external mouse. At the office, that’s exactly what I do, since I’m rarely holding my laptop in my lap at work. (I even just bought a blingy Hello Kitty mouse so I can have an external mouse when I’m sitting in a conference room, and it’s one that anyone else will be too embarrassed to take if I accidentally leave it behind.) But at home, I’m sitting on the sofa or lying across the floor, and an external mouse just doesn’t work in that situation.

Comments (6)

  1. Joshua Foster says:

    I had the first version of the Macbook and it had the same problem. I’m typing on the newest one, and I think they might have fixed it. Its still sharp, but it feels different.


  2. James says:

    So white or black?

    I have a Black MacBook and I think its edges may be smoother…  

    But the Hello Kitty mouse is – by definition – way COOL!

  3. Bernard is a BlackBook, which is the basis of his name.  The geeky delight I experienced in realising that this would be the only name that I could give a black MacBook is part of how I justified the extra expense of the black paint. 😉

  4. PatrickQG says:

    "… and it’s one that anyone else will be too embarrassed to take if I accidentally leave it behind."

    If that’s not the best reason to own such a thing, I don’t know what is.

  5. Jaharmi says:

    You know … I hear that Microsoft makes this Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. 🙂

  6. Dear Steve: Really, I’d love an iPhone included in my WWDC registration.