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  • October 7th, 2006 | 1:05 PM
Falling in love with a new computer - NOT

Okay, so my old and much beloved (except for the FAN THAT WILL NOT SHUT UP) Sony K17 needed to be replaced. I spent months researching laptops. I'm picky. I wanted XGA or at the worst WXGA though I am not a fan of the widescreen stuff. (15" - 15.4" screen.) Computer people didn't understand my obsession with XGA but for mostly working in text, it is a must for me and my old eyes. Dialing fonts up and down is inconvenient and inconsistent and I didn't want to do it. Screens...I'm picky about screens because hey, my last several laptops have been Sony and I love love LOVE my Sony screen.

I was all set to order an IBM/Lenova but the screens are very dim. Cross that out.

Can't trust another Sony at the moment plus I couldn't get the resolution I wanted. 

Thought seriously about an Asus but the model I wanted was getting a lot of flack about the screen and I feared it would be a real issue for me.

Bought an HP DVT600 at Comp USA with AMD processor and it was hot hot hot on the wrist rests so I took it back. Thing is, other than the heat. I liked it. I LOVED the touchpad. It just felt right and the keyboard had a nice feel to it too. But the heat freaked me out, even with a cooling pad, so I took it back. I seriously wonder if I had the Intel chipset instead of AMD if that would have made a difference. Sigh.

Just received my HP NC8430, business class model, and well, not loving it so much. The screen is okay but the keyboard feels mushy and squished together and the touchpad buttons have these weird ridges on the edge of them. (Someone told me it was because the touchpad didn't have an on and off button but I don't know. I've never needed an on and off button on the touchpad.)

I am not typing on the new computer. Trying to get to that point but right now I'm just playing in WordPad and Solitare to see if I can get used to it. Each time I touch the touchpad buttons I make a face, sort of like a cross between fingernails on a chalkboard and being forced to eat creamed squash. (Note - this is not a happy face.) My husband keeps telling me that I went through the same adjustment period on the last laptop I bought but it feels like so much more of a change. I just don't know. Sigh. I am tempted to buy another HP DVT600 with the Intel chip and live with it for a few days alongside the NC8430 and see how I feel about it.

I really need a new computer. I didn't think I was asking for much, XGA or WXGA resolution on a 15-15.4" screen, quiet and not prone to running hot. I wasn't even worrying about the price, just about finding one that would work for me. 

I hope I can adjust to this new one soon. As it is right now, I can't imagine writing my next book on it. Bleck.

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October 8th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
October 8th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Sigh, computers are wonderful things, and yet...

Wishing you the very best in your hunt for a new one. Or, at the very least I hope you can adjust to eating creamed squash...yep, I know just the texture of which you speak. eeOOO

Good luck, Susan!
October 8th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think I'm going back to the consumer model and I'll just buy it locally so if I have problems I can take it back but it is just such a pain, yanno?

Still it's better than squash.
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October 8th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: laptop/desktop
Rant away. :-) I did consider a desktop but my office still doesn't quite feel like home and I spend most of my time typing in the living room.

It's just so frustrating to find the right one. Why can't it be easy, like buying a dishwasher?
October 8th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
I hope you get used to your new computer soon. :)
October 8th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks but it's going back. Once I realized the keyboard was smaller I knew I couldn't keep it. I have enough problems with my shoulder and typing on a cramped keyboard will just make it worse.

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October 8th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

Sorry that you have to take back your computer, but I'm sure you'll find one that will be more comfortable.
October 8th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
It has to get better, doesn't it? Like breaking in a puppy after the first "OH WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NEW PUPPY" moment.

Good luck breaking it in.
October 8th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's it exactly. Alas, I've decided it's going back. The cramped keyboard won't work for me. The search continues.
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