My Amish Laptop

I mentioned recently that we have entered the market for a portable electronic device. That means we’ve been spending some time researching the different options that are available, and online reviews have been helpful in determining what it is we’re looking for.

So I thought I’d do a review of my own on a classic performer that found its way into our living room a number of years ago, and it hasn’t left since.

This slightly used 2011 model Amish Laptop is still a solid, dependable piece of work.

This slightly used 2011 model Amish Laptop is still a solid, dependable piece of work.

We might be slow at adopting technology in the Nafziger house. But when we do, we buy for quality (unless quality costs too much). You’re looking at a 2011 model P-naf mm0011 laptop to the right.

Even though we use this machine for a variety of tasks nearly every day, it hasn’t let us down once. The battery life is pretty much infinite, we haven’t needed to update anything, it’s never crashed, and yet the productivity suite that’s included is unmatched. The sky is truly the limit.

You’ll notice the beautiful grain; that’s because it’s been manufactured out of 100% pure Virginia Cedar (that is, a cedar tree that grew in Virginia). The polyurethane coating seals the wood and provides a water-resistant finish that cleans up easily should food or water get spilled from a snack consumed in the comfort of your living room chair.

The silky smooth surface and the polyurethane coating give this laptop unparalleled comfort on cold winter evenings

The silky smooth surface and the polyurethane coating give this laptop unparalleled comfort on cold winter evenings

That coating doubles as a smooth writing surface, should you find yourself inspired while sitting on the couch with no writing surface readily available (that is, until you remember the Pnaf-mm0011 tucked unobtrusively beside your seat of choice).

You’ll find that this particular laptop is well suited to a variety of tasks. Writing, eating, drinking hot (or cold) beverages…even reading a book (or an electronic device)…all can be enhanced with the aid of this solid cedar laptop.

You might be concerned about warping, as some lesser laptops have a tendency, after time and exposure to changes in the seasons, to warping and even cracking. That’s where the genius of Pnaf comes into play.

3/4 inch solid cedar gives this model the heft it needs to perform while maintaining a sleek and subtle look.

3/4 inch solid cedar gives this model the heft it needs to perform while maintaining a sleek and subtle look.

As you can see, I’ve used only solid, 3/4 inch cedar in the construction of this laptop, so it’s thick enough to stand the test of time. I’ve already filled two notebooks and consumed gallons of coffee with the aid of this laptop, and it still looks like it did the day I brought it inside. You’ll also notice it’s not one solid piece of wood; it’s actually three pieces of wood joined together. This also helps eliminate any warping or cracking…for reasons I’m not sure I could explain.

Two joints combining three pieces of wood set this laptop apart from the competition

Two joints combining three pieces of wood set this laptop apart from the competition

Another benefit of this particular model is the price. If you’re like me, you like to find a bargain. This one was actually cheaper, because I made it myself and the wood was given to me by a friend. That puts it right at the top of laptops between 0 and $50. It’s also largely customizable based on individual preference, so if you’re thinking about a gift for a loved one, you can tailor it to their specific needs of their particular lap.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, I give this model 5 stars.

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3 Responses to My Amish Laptop

  1. I think you’ve been hanging around me too much. If you want a real laptop, get a MacBook Pro.

    Good piece, padre.

    Bruce

    • nafzigpa says:

      Thanks Bruce, I thought you might like this post! I could start manufacturing these and advertising them as ‘hand made by authentic Mennonite in Amish country’!! The Pro might be a little big for what we’re thinking…maybe the air, but we weren’t wanting to spend quite that much…we shall see.

      • Neva got the 13″ Pro and a travel case. She loves it. The Air is nice, but it doesn’t have a USB port among other features. We think the Pro is worth the extra $$.

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