Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Laptop Angst

Last week I returned the Asus Eee mini-laptop I had bought, and Epu installed Linux on my old Fujitsu Lifebook. I was hoping to hobble along on my old computer through BlogHer and maybe for the rest of the year.

After all, I love the keyboard and weight of my old laptop. The only thing I don't love is that it barely works. That is, it works slowly when switching from one program or window to another. The port where you would plug in a broadband cable is broken, and we don't know if we can get it to easily connect to new wireless networks.

That lack of connectivity worries me for my upcoming trip to BlogHer.

So in the past 24 hours I started frantically searching laptop specs to see if there was anything that suits my needs that I could pick up easily at a Best Buy before I leave.

I'm starting to doubt it.

The Eee PC was such a perfect computer for me on the inside: Ran Linux, moved super-quick, easy-to-configure wireless. But I felt like hunching over a tiny keyboard and screen was silly when I will be mostly using it at home.

Why doesn't there seem to be a full-sized-keyboard computer that is inexpensive low-frills like the Eee?

Here are a couple computers I'm considering, but if anyone has a suggestion for me I'm all ears. I'd like to keep the cost as close to $500 as possible.

Acer Extensa

This Toshiba


Artist4life925 said...

You should go with the Toshiba, Acers suck (aka I've had bad luck with them)and only last for a few years. Good luck!

Notta Wallflower said...

I have a Toshiba that's very close to the one you have a link to. I've been very happy with it - it's perfect for at home use, and it doesn't break my back when I have to carry it places. It has survived me for a few years, which is saying a lot since I'm rough on electronics.

Sara said...

Check out the Dell online outlet store. They have refurbished laptops that sell for as low as $399. The only problem is that they might not get to you in time, but it might be worth a peek. I just ordered my new laptop from there and I love it.