In the beginning of 2008, I purchased my first laptop. I know, I know – wayyyy behind on the times. I had a pretty reliable desktop and never thought of trading it in for something more portable. Once I made that investment though, I don’t know how I went without one for so long. I didn’t have to write papers at my desk anymore – I could do it in bed!
Anyway, said laptop (an HP) has begun to get a little finicky on me. It likes to overheat sometimes and shut itself off ( how awesome), and most recently, the sound no longer works. I thought I could live without it since I have the sound turned off most of the time anyway (not a fan of the little Windows ‘dings’), but the silence is starting to drive me N U T S.
I was looking for some new music on iTunes, but I had to guess if I thought I would like the song or not since I couldn’t listen to a preview. This makes creating a race playlist pretty difficult. More importantly, I would lose my Skype time with Carly! It’s one of the few things that keeps me sane, and I don’t think it’s wise to live without our internet meetups. Youtube videos, online TV episodes, etc. If it has sound, I’m missing out on it.
Now I am faced with the horrid task of purchasing a new laptop. Don’t get me wrong, a new toy is always exciting. However, financially it’s not such a blast watching your bank account take a hit. I’m not going to purchase another HP because it’s been just over two years with this one, and I’m not impressed with the lifespan. I really do love the HP, and I’m pleased with every other aspect of it – but I can’t take the chance buying another one. It’s an expensive risk. I refuse to even speak or type the dreaded ‘D’ word, but if you know PCs/laptops, you know who I am talking about. We do NOT get along. Sony & Mac are out of my price range, so I am going to go with a Toshiba. When I bought the last one, I was on the fence between an HP and a Toshiba (clearly I chose the wrong one).
I’ve narrowed it down to these three:
I’m leaning towards the last one since it seems to be the most “bang for your buck” deal, but it’s also one of those “in-store special order only” deals. They have it at a Staples nearby, but will they still have it on Friday when I go to purchase it? Probably not. Alternatively, Best Buy allows you to Trade-In your old laptop for a giftcard to their store. If I could get a decent amount back from my current laptop, I could justify paying a little bit extra for option #2. If Staples sells out of the one I want, and Best Buy can’t offer me as much as I’m looking for, I will go with option #1.
My brain hurts. I hate doing research for big purchases.
What kind of laptop do YOU use? If you have a Toshiba, would you recommend it?