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laptop decision made

I finally made a decision regarding my laptop.

Several people (not least of all Tubby, who I know is tired of seeing me use his computer) have given me lots of advice and have sent me links to websites where discounted laptops are sold. I went to the "super computer sale" at the Bayside Expo Center, looked at models in computer stores, and have spent several hours over the past week browsing through several websites.

When I bought my A31 about three years ago, it was considered Thinkpad's top-of-the-line model. It is a solid computer that I have been very happy with. Everything that is currently being sold at a price I can afford is either a refurbished model, usually older than my A31, or simply does not come close, specification-wise, to what I already have.

Basically, my choices boiled down to: (1) buying a refurbished older model (like the A30 or the T23) for something in the $400 to $700 range, (2) buying a new computer (probably the T43) for about $1900, or (3) fixing mine for $625. Despite the advice from several people that I should not bother fixing laptops, I have opted to get mine fixed. I simply cannot afford to spend another $1900 (and potentially more, since certain accessories would not be compatible) right now, and if I'm going to pay in the vicinity of $600 anyway, why settle for something significantly inferior to what I already own. I see no reason why my repaired laptop shouldn't last me another two years or so, at which time I'll be better prepared to invest in a new machine.

My laptop should be ready to pick up Friday after 3. It will be a relief to get this over with. Thank you, everyone, for your help and advice.

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hotpoint
Dec. 5th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats, and best of luck with the repair! I hope your laptop gives you many more computrons in the years to come!
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