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My Experiences Buying Laptops: A lesson Learned

Updated on June 15, 2011

Purchasing electronics for the technologically challenged

Can someone love an electronic device. Is it possible? Let me start by saying I am not a very technologically advanced human. I can learn to do most things I think I need to learn with a DSLR, PC, camcorder or Blackberry. It takes me a while and I rarely learn about anything other than the basic things I have to know for my own personal uses. So this is definitely not a technical review for techno-savvy consumers. For the most part when it comes to learning advanced technical things I usually bow out gracefully. Sometimes my eyes just glaze over and I have to go pick up my guitar to self sooth because my brain has been geek slapped way too hard. So for the most part, technology for me is only there to serve my functional needs. I just don’t get overly excited about all the technical specs but I do still pay enough attention to educate myself because sometimes having some basic knowledge does matter. For the most part though I have no love for electronics, I just do my best to muddle through and hope they meet my needs.

Tales of woe and failed laptop buying experiences

Over the years I have learned that I often have bought more than I really needed. More camera, more camcorder, more pc, more wireless device. Half of the bells and whistles I paid for really didn’t apply to me but I bought them any way ‘just in case’. The bane of my existence was purchasing a laptop. How many GHz did I need, how much Ram, how big of a hard drive, what type of graphics card, sound card and so on? After owning several laptops I began to realize what I really wanted was a windows based laptop with good battery life that was light and didn’t over heat. I also wanted a backlit led screen so I could sometimes use it outside. I use my laptop mainly for watching movies and surfing the net and I like to travel with it. I owned a number of laptops over the years but they were often too heavy and bulky and tended to get hot very quickly. I always wondered why they call it a laptop if you can’t really place it on your lap. I used to have a Toshiba that would burn me. It was dangerous. I also had an Asus that was super powerful and had an awesome graphics card but it was heavy and also got hot quickly and the battery life was dismal. I even tried a netbook but that was more of a gimmicky toy to me. It was slow and I didn’t like the small keyboard.

So I tried a Macbook, the one with the aluminum case. It was good in most categories, good battery life, relatively light and compact, backlit screen etc. Really nice but I am a PC guy and it took me a while to figure out all of the things I needed on the PC. A new operating system seemed like a pain in the butt and really I am just not a Mac kind of guy. Lots of people love them and I can see why but there is a trendy snob appeal associated with apple products that sometimes rubs me the wrong way. I am sure there are great apple users no doubt but its a feeling I can never seem to shake. Anyway I like being an uncool pc user. If someone is OK with the Mac OS and the price, a macbook does still seem like a good option though. But I was in a funk. I found some nice smaller laptops that seemed to meet most of my needs but then they often didn’t have a DVD tray and I didn’t want to take an external dvd drive whenever I traveled.

Finding my buddy.

So one day while I was out shopping and I found this nice little laptop. It wasn't not super powerful but it is thin and light. Then I found out it had up to 6-8 hours of battery life.  So far so good.That was impressive enough and then I realized there was also a DVD tray, an LED backlit screen and a nice durable aluminum cover. It was a couple months old and was a winter Olympics model so it had a cool logo on it. It was about half the price of the Macbook I had before so I took a chance and bought it. At 14” it was big enough for my needs but small enough to easily travel with. This is my buddy now. It is not the most technologically advanced laptop and it may not have all the bells and whistles but for me it is as good as it gets. It has more than enough power for my daily uses, the battery seems to last about 6 hours when I am surfing the web or working online. It doesn’t get nearly as hot as my other laptops and it just works for me. I like windows seven so I am glad to be free of Vista as well.I have to say this is the first laptop I have appreciated.

Lesson learned

The reason I wrote this is I know there are many laptop users like me. They are fed up with chasing the latest and greatest and just want certain simple features that make using their laptop more convenient. My Acer 4800t does that. I don’t know what other people’s experiences with this laptop have been and it doesn't really matter. My experience has been nothing but great and that is the review that matters most to me. I finally have a laptop that has the features I need. I am glad I stopped listening to sales people, stopped reading about the latest and greatest, that I stopped feeling like an outsider for not liking my macbook, and that I have a pc style laptop that does everything I need it to do.

I am glad Acer built this laptop and I do appreciate it. If I hadn't had so many unsatisfactory experiences maybe I wouldn't be so thankful. Maybe it would just be a plain old laptop, And that is the point; we can easily get swayed when we buy electronics by all of the hype and hoopla about features we don’t really need and when we are unhappy we think we are to blame. And maybe to some extent I was. When I had been buying laptops i was getting bogged down in all the technical jargon and that was not my forte. I think a lot of us are like that. So my advice is In the end the only thing that matters is getting something in a reasonable price range that works for you and meets your needs. I don’t know how other people feel about their electronics but no I can’t love an electronic device, but so far my Acer has been a good little buddy and a well liked friend.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      It'e really great that new technology is out almost everyday. What's really annoying is that you're gadgets are already obsolete even before it gets old.

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      U Neek 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Yep, I've been the route of latest and greatest and agonized over what laptop would serve me best. Then my latest and greatest laptop died. I didn't need to spend the money to buy a new one, so I started using my daughter's five year old, cheap Acer. It's been wonderful! So much for buying expensive laptops from now on. Great hub!!

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      TPSicotte 6 years ago from The Great White North

      Thanks for the comments. It is interesting why other people purchase certain items. I would never even think of needing a number pad.

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      FrugalGal 6 years ago

      Good hub. I have an Acer laptop and absolutely love it. I did make sure it had was an HDMI port, not all do. That makes it easy to plug into the television when I want to broadcast. I also type a lot of numbers so it has a 10-key pad. Other than that, it's pretty basic and was very reasonably priced.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very timely article. I am going out today to purchase a Mac Air! Hope it proves to be right for me.