PLEASE don’t tell me about Chromebooks and Windows machines. They don’t suit my needs.
I’ve got a 2010 MacBook Air and while it’s given good service, I need a new laptop.
I’m interested in a refurb in some flavor of Air/MacBook/Macbook Pro, but I’m dithering on whether I really need a quad core. I’d like a 15" screen and 512 gig drive is a necessity (I’d prefer 1TB but the price gets pretty high fast) and I think 8 gigs of ram.
The three main things I use the computer for are writing, web, and watching videos, both streaming and downloaded. I’d also like to use Powerpoint more; I think my machine is just too weak to support it (every action lags by many seconds rather than happening real time).
The current machine is duo core/512/4GB.
Given my needs, do I need a more recent quad core or could I scrape by with another duo core?