I need a new laptop.
I’ve been putting it off for a while now, but this thing just keeps running slower and slower, and hotter and hotter, and if I don’t give in and replace it soon, it’s going to commit technocide and then I’ll have to scramble for a replacement, instead of being able to take the time to think a little first.
(And, yes, thanks; I have run all sorts of scans and checks and defrags and spyware and adware and virus checks… it’s just overloaded, somehow, and 5 years old, and bumping up against the ceiling of its abilities. I plan to wipe it completely and reinstall a few things for the kids to fight over… er, I mean, learn things.)
So, before I take the plunge, got any tips? What’s your brand? Got any horror stories?
I’ll need a laptop, heavy on the graphics capability, with a big pile of space to store photos and such. Gotta have a Firewire plug as well as at least 3 USB ports (or, I suppose, I could continue to use the USB hub I have now, because one of my ports broke and I’m down to only one left). I would prefer that the power cord be on the left and the USB – at least some of them – be on the right. No need for a webcam, and I suppose I can live with an upgrade from Windows XP, though I will not switch to a Mac.
Tips? Advice? Warnings? I know just enough about computers – having gone to an engineering school for undergrad and worked at IBM for a few years, back in the day – to be a danger to myself and others, without knowing enough to feel ready to just make a quick decision.