The laptop dilemma

About three and a half years ago, I bought myself a laptop for school. I spent months painstakingly picking out the perfect computer. And I have loved it, since the first moment I saw it. My laptop is my baby. It has been to countless boring classes, amusing me with Bejewelled and Text Twist. It has been to Toronto, Pittsburgh, Ireland, my cottage, various work places and small cafés for writing or studying. I have sat at it night after night, writing essays, studying for exams, talking to Fae, watching movies and writing. I have surfed billions of websites, written thousands upon thousands of words. And let me tell you, this laptop kicks ass. It has this amazing ability to beat any other laptop I’ve seen at picking up a wireless signal. In boring Media Law classes, when no one else could get a signal, I was wasting time on Facebook. Even a classmate with the exact same computer, purchased at nearly the same time, was internetless. But not baby, he never let me down.

I guess three and a half years is pretty old for a laptop nowadays. In the last year I have upgraded my memory, bought a new 12 cell battery, replaced my charger cord because it somehow got severed and melted everywhere, and completely reformatted my computer. But after all of that, my computer now works great. For a pretty basic laptop with only 1GB of memory, I have most of the CS4 suite on here, as well as a bunch of movies and photos and a shit load of music. Everything on my computer is exactly as I like it right now, and it runs very well.

There’s just a slight problem.


Note the slight slant to the screen…. Let’s zoom in.


What it’s supposed to look like:


The hinge had been on it’s way to breaking for several months, and then when I was in Pittsburgh, something feel out and the hinge broke completely. This is such a silly thing to be wrong with my computer. A silly thing which will cost me at least $100 to fix.

I’ve always intended to get a Mac as my next computer. I just thought that my next computer would be in another year or so. Other than this hinge, the computer is great. I wanted it to live out the year, survive England and then I would let my baby peacefully retire. It bugs me that the only problem I have with it is a stupid hinge. But it is a problem, which will probably only get worse as the other hinge  (the one with the wire that hooks the screen up to the computer) takes on double the weight and inevitably breaks too.

My mom, looking at my computer, offered to help me buy a new one. So now I’m trying to decide, do I get a new computer now or get this one fixed and see if I can make it last a little longer? The problem is, I’ve been telling myself that for a year, while I was replacing the battery, the memory and the power cord.

Plus, the Macbooks are oh-so-pretty….



  • By Jes, May 23, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    I’d say go for the mac book. And that’s not JUST because i’m a Mac user. It would be really nice for you to start your masters with a brand spanking new computer, that you won’t have to worry about. As great as your current computer is, it’s kind of like the van. You could pay a little bit and get it through another couple of months, but how long until it craps out completely?

    one thing’s for sure: You don’t want to be without a computer :P And if your mom is offering to help pay, i’d say go for the Mac! This way, you also have time to learn the new comp before you go away for school.

    That’s my two cents ;)

  • By Sebastian, May 23, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    I also thought about getting a Mac when my last laptop finally reached the end of its life.

    Then I looked at the price, and the spec… and then looked at the equivalent spec on non-Mac… and went with a Dell M1330.

    Amazing laptop, light, pretty, powerful and cheap!

    But not as pretty as a Mac of course, and girls… they like pretty Macs.

  • By Kaitlyn, May 23, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    I’d say go with the mac for the following reasons:

    1) Your mom is offering to help pay now. If you don’t get it now, and then in 6 months it craps out, there’s no guaranteeing your parents will be in the position to still offer that.

    2) I was indeed an avid mac hater for 21 years of my life, completely against them, “too expensive, stupid, etc”. But what can I say? 1 macbook pro later and i’m a lifer. To me, it was worth the extra couple hundred bucks to have an operating system that *gasp* doesn’t crash, doesn’t bluescreen, and doesn’t completely die everytime I try to do something (especially maya and heavy adobe kinds of stuff).

    3) Ok, and macs are pretty. I tried to avoid the obvious, but it’s just too true. And as much as I hate to admit the shallowness of this, it really is that much more enjoyable to do things. Even boring things. Like writing essays. Which you’ll be doing a lot of next year hehe :)

    4) Finally…. it will look uber sexy and work seamlessly with your iPhone. Actually, the only reason I really started looking at getting a mac in the first place was because i loved my iPhone so much…so maybe you should just cave and get a mac now before the iPhone tempts you into doing so when there isn’t financial backing from the parents!

    Annnnd yah. done!

  • By Jess, May 23, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

    Just to be different, I say do both :P

    Um no.

    I agree with Kaitlyn’s 1st point. There’s no telling your mum will help you buy one when yours does crap out for good. I would take this opportunity to get money out of her. Just because you get the new macbook doesn’t mean you won’t be able to still use your old laptop as well until it does inevitably crap out.

    My Topper’s about the same age as yours, so I feel your pain. Topper’s fallen down the hardwood stairs with me and still worked/survived minus the need for a new screen. He’s crashed. He requires sweet-talk just to start up and not be slow in his old age. But, when my parents buy me a new laptop for graduation like they’ve promised to do once I finish my summer courses, it will be the hardest thing for me to give him up and pass him on to Carly.

    Us internet addicts have close relationships with our computers…making the decision to get a new one’s like deciding to move to a new city. Or quit your job. It’s a big commitment!!

  • By Hezabelle, May 24, 2009 @ 12:11 am

    The thing is, I don’t need a heavy duty computer at this point in my life. Honestly, I need it to run the internet and Microsoft Word. Running Photoshop is a huge bonus, but I lived without it for many months until I finally caved and downloaded CS4.

    So I’d be looking at getting the cheapest of the macbooks… Still the silver one though, I’m not a huge fan of white.

    I just don’t know if I’m ready to adapt not only too a new computer but to a whole new system. Sure, I grew up on Macs, and I’ve used them a lot for work, but my main computer has been a PC for a good 7 years or so…

    Bah, the choices. Either way, it will have to wait until I start making more money from my job….

    But you all make such good points. At least the consensus seems to be get a new computer, whichever it happens to be!

  • By Lea, May 24, 2009 @ 1:02 am

    If your mother is offering to help, go for it. The reason computer warranties are sold for three years is because that’s the typical lifespan of a good computer. Stretching it can lead to grief.

  • By Sebastian, May 24, 2009 @ 7:54 am

    My Vista laptop hasn’t crashed once in over a year of use — and heavy use, not just word processing and the like.

    The only reason to get a Mac would be the aesthetic — but I even find it a bit samey now, considering almost everyone has a Mac. Look up the Dell M1330, it’s rather pretty… and you won’t see anyone else with it, because they’ve all wasted their money on an under-specced Mac :P

    All the syncing stuff works just fine with Windows/iTunes, etc.

  • By Hezabelle, May 24, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    I looked at the M1330 and it’s certainly pretty… but 1) It only has two USB ports…? and 2) I kind of hate Vista…

    But it’s more cool stuff for cheaper, too.. Hmm…

  • By Sebastian, May 24, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    Yep, only two… how many do you want? Can always get an external hub, if for some reason you want more…

    Vista’s fine for general use. Can always get it with XP instead I think, if you really want… but Vista is probably more stable.

    There’s good offerings from Samsung AFAIK too.

  • By Jo, May 24, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Ciao Hezabelle! : ) Well, if you’re thinking about changing your computer, I’d definitely opt for the Mac. On the other hand, I have been using HP with Vista (bought it one year ago) and I can’t complain, it has never crashed, has a good memory card, and works very well. What I know FOR SURE is that you should always consult your choice with a male… I cannot really explain it but they’re always more updated and more “computer-oriented” than us

  • By Kaitlyn, May 24, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    And by male, she means male, or Kaitlyn, who clearly kicked the ass of every single male in her computer-oriented degree. :)

  • By Hezabelle, May 24, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    Well the computer I have now has four USB ports, and I have definitely used them all at once before. External hard drive, card reader, iPod and jump key. Hahaha Yes, I multitask. Although I don’t even know how many a mac has so that’s obviously not a deciding factor.

    I guess that either way I have to change operating systems…

    And all of the mac people say I should get a mac and PC people say PC! Oh dear… This is clearly not going to be resolved anytime soon…

  • By Kelly Brown, June 12, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

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