Today, on the spur of the moment, I purchased a new HP Laptop at Sams Club.This was contrarian to my analysis/ paralysis personality when it comes to technology, but the $100 instant savings was too tempting. I decided - I'll buy it now, keep it in the box and do the analysis post facto.
Actually I have been getting irritated with the Compaq hand me down from Jenna (it is almost two years to the day - 6/18/2011). The screen has intermittently been flickering and soon will be unusable. So this was a preemptive "technology upgrade" strike.
I immediately shot off an email to E.W. (my personal technology expert consultant) with the specifications asking about the processor speed. His response: "Not Good" and suggested I check out www.passmark.com. Naturally that vaulted me into a complete analysis and comparison of laptop values (I'll save that for a later boring blog).
Like shopping for cars and real estate, the starting point for a buyer is to select a price range, then critical functional criteria, followed by aesthetics. As a technology consultant I know the drill -- "How do you use your laptop TODAY?" After all, you want to buy only what you need and use now - not useless features, or projections of future use that likely won't happen or will only happen after this laptop (or operating system) becomes obsolete.
I just can't part with old laptops. If I keep this new one I will have seven total laptops - a virtual laptop junkyard (oops I mean a physical laptop junkyard).
The actual virtual junkyard resides in my blog and the time messing with computers and analysis:
2/25/13 Technology Hoarder
6/18/11 New Computer
2/17/11 Computer Graveyard
1/28/11 Lemon Laptop Lottery
7/22/10 Apple a Day
1/26/10 Clean Slate
9/14/09 Microsoft Dodges a Bullet
9/12/09 Jenna's HP Laptop Saga