After trying various other options, I have decided to hold off on getting a new replacement laptop. My five-year-old is still running, for now. I did decide to go ahead and buy a netbook. It will be very useful in class as well as for working on my thesis. I bought it from Costco, and I was happy to learn that they extend the manufacturer’s warranty by a year.
Does any reader out there have any experience with buying computers from Costco? Your input would be welcome!