Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) – Silver

I use a 13″ Macbook Air with 2Gb RAM and a 128Gb SSD drive for all my writing these days. If I could marry this machine, I would. I bought it in 2014 and I haven’t had a single blip with it since the day I got it. In the bad old days, when I was a cog in the machine, I used to be an IT manager and so I know what a pain it is to have to use something unreliable and difficult to manage for daily work. The Macbook Air is not only the most reliable laptop I’ve ever had, it’s the most elegant and usable. The light-up chiclet keyboard is a joy to use, even for one-finger me. The display is as good as my increasingly feeble eyes could wish for. It’s light and portable: it fits into an A4 wallet folder. After over 5 years of fairly constant use, battery life is still over 10 hours per charge. And it just looks so slim and sweet and sexy. Jonathan Ive should be given responsibility for the designs for life. Yes, Apple gear is stupidly expensive and, yes, they play stupid games with their proprietary peripheral devices, but I just forgive them. Because of my Macbook Air.