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I never get the impression, however, that she cherishes her laptop with consummate reverence.
Off I went, then, this time back to Best Buy with the idea that life had changed. With a different salesperson, I might be enlightened in a different manner.
I explained that I wanted my wife to be happy. The Best Buy salesman refrained from the obvious joke, for which I was grateful.
I admitted to my Macness and asked him, quite simply: "Please tell me what the best Windows laptop is these days."
When chatting with some salespeople, they ask more questions. They might ask: "What does she do?" "How does she use her laptop?" Or even "What did she do marrying you?"
This particular salesman, though, wasn't riven by doubt.
He instantly swept me toward the Microsoft Surface. Or, rather, the Microsoft Surfaces. For him, the touchscreens were a delight, and the ability to separate the screen from the keyboard was mesmerizing.
However, what struck me was how hard it was to grasp what they were all called. As he whisked me through, even he got caught between his Gos and his Pros.
He insisted, though, that my wife would find her ultimate experience in one or more of these Surfaces.
But then he caught himself: "If she wants a more conventional laptop, then Microsoft has those too." So he wandered me over to those, which looked far more like MacBook Airs.
I didn't find anything negative in his enthusiasm. Perhaps, though, on seeing a minor flutter of my eyebrows, he added: "I just want to say this. I don't get commission on any of these laptops, so I'm not saying this for the money."
Without my saying anything, he did then whip me over to HP and Dell. He explained they make nice things too.
I did, though, wonder whether he was vulnerable to pressing.
I asked him whether it was more difficult for him to now sell Windows laptops, given the entry of the M1 MacBook Air and Pro. Their performance is, after, quite something. (Disclosure: I own and mostly like my M1 Air.)
"For most things you do, you just don't need the M1 MacBooks," he said. "With some things, it's true; they're 30% faster."