So, back to this laptop that I bought in 2010 and still use. Forty percent of the keyboard keys are naked, the original white letter identifications worn away. I have to use the keyboard without thinking because if I look down to think, I'll not be sure which key is for which letter.
I'm still using Windows 7. .... Hehehehe, for that matter, I'm still using MS Office 2003.
That cool fingerprint swipe function is defunct. The optical disk drive is persnickety, especially with DVDs. The factory-installed battery has been replaced once, and is due again. The folding hinges need to be tightened up.
But other than these things, she's lookin' pretty good. I use the laptop every day. I still value her light weight and her sleek metallic style.
The original post is here, and reposted below:
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Untethering from desktop
Until 2009, I operated on dial-up internet connection because I just couldn't bring myself to give one penny to the spawn of Satan Sprint, and his demon seed, Embarq. I finally succumbed when I could no longer stand the speed disparity between home and work. Not to mention I couldn't watch youtube.
Back to my big untethering --> To go rootless, I needed to get a laptop. My criteria:
- A screen between 14-15"
- Portable (thus 5.5 pounds or lighter)
- Long battery life (4+ real hours)
- $800 or less (ruling out Macs)
- At least three ports, preferably four
- Power and speed - but not what's needed for gaming
- All-around good performance (working with Microsoft Office products, photo work, email, movies)
Here's where I looked:
- Reviews on places such as cnet and pcworld.
- Once I got a bead on their recommendations, I went looking for customer-rich sites such as Amazon and Best Buy to get the customer ratings.
- I also put out a query to my family members for their experience.
What made up my mind were the customer reviews on Best Buy. The seductive Gateway was all flash and sass for the professionals, but too many customers hated a specific set of features, and I knew they'd probably drive me nuts, too. I did a search of best ratings at Best Buy, and an HP came up with consistently good reviews, which I found the professionals backed up.
So what I bought: An HP Pavilion dm4-1065dx.
I'm happy with it. And once I transfer my stuff from the Compaq Presario to the laptop, I'll be untethered from that desk.