I may have to face the reality of a large purchase soon. My laptop is over 5 and a half years old, and it overheats quite often. I have been regularly backing up my important documents in case it decides to go kaput one day without warning because I learned the hard way about backing up your hard drive. The hard drive in my laptop is the second one I’ve had. I’ve also upgraded the memory to its maximum (quite a while ago), so there’s really no improving it.
I’ve been eyeing several laptops to replace the one I have. I don’t want one as large as the one I currently use. When I bought it, I planned on watching movies and playing games on it in addition to school work. Now, I would love to have a more portable laptop–possibly even a netbook. I keep fantasizing about having a computer that would be easy to bring to class. I would love to type my notes since I transfer them all to my computer anyways. Also, I would have fewer excuses for not working on my thesis. My most common current excuse is, “The house is too noisy so I have to shut the door to my workroom. The room is too hot when I shut the door, so the computer overheats quickly. When it overheats, it shuts down. And transporting it to another location is annoying.”
Flimsy excuses aside, transporting my current laptop is more than a small pain in the neck. It weighs 7.5 lbs and is 14″ x 10.5″ x 1.5″ big. The touchpad no longer works, so I have to use a USB mouse. The laptop has only one working USB port, so I have a 4-port hub hooked up to it so I can attach my mouse and use a USB drive. In addition, since the darn thing overheats so easily, I have a cooling pad that sits underneath and blows fans on it constantly. All of these extra accessories make it that much more cumbersome to transport, and the bag I carry everything in is bulky and heavy. And as for using it on battery power? Not possible. I bought a backup battery when I bought the system, but they are both so old they drain quickly.
Wow, after outlining everything, I have almost convinced myself to buy a new laptop. I know I will need one eventually, but do I really want to wait until this one dies unexpectedly? It wouldn’t be the end of the world, because there are computers at school that I use all the time (thanks to my handy USB drive) and there is a slightly newer desktop computer at my house.
I hesitate because I know it will not be an inexpensive purchase. I am not sure if I want a smaller regular laptop or a netbook. I know that I will get extra memory and an extra battery if possible. I am not sure what brand I want. I do know that I do not want another 7.5-pounder!