For the last 5 years, I've owned a Toshiba laptop. It was a dinosaur...weighed...oh, I don't know...maybe 200 pounds. She breathed her last breath on February 1st. RIP Dino Toshiba. You lived a full life.
I can't say I was really all that sad to see her go. It was time. Time for something fresh and new. I did some research, went and looked at new laptops, and was quickly sold on the idea of an ultrabook. Smaller, lighter, faster. Yes please.
I purchased my new (Toshiba) ultrabook, which may I add was NOT INexpensive, and got her all set up.
30, yes 30 days later. I'm diligently working on DQ end of the month paperwork, which is something I don't necessarily love to do. Jeni gently places new ultrabook on the kitchen table, carefully lifts the screen up, and proceeds to hear a very small popping sound. The result of said popping noise looks a little something like this:
I marched my big angry self back into Best Buy. I was promptly told by the Geek Squad that my screen had cracked. Gee, thanks for the diagnosis. Geek, my a$$. What could they do about the problem? Nada. New screen for an ultrabook: $900. New ultrabook: $900. Mr. Geek was especially sweet when he said, "I'll bet you wish you had purchased the extended warranty." Jerk. I huffed and I puffed and I pretended to be strong...until I got to my car. Cue the waterworks. I allowed myself a few tears and then had a good ol' heart to heart with myself:
The computer is broken.
Nothing you can do about it.
You can choose to continue to be sad and angry, or you can move on.
Back I go to Best Buy. It was a little hard for me to not give Mr. Geek the stink-eye as I passed him. Instead I chose to give him my very best smart aleck grin. I purchase yet another ultrabook. I learn that I am entitled to return any (unbroken) laptop within 30 days of purchase. And yes, I add the stinkin' extended warranty.
This ultrabook has not broken, but she's quirky. She runs hot which I do not enjoy. She likes to power off at random. A few other functions are legit, but annoying. As much as I like my humans quirky, I like my electronics to operate with perfection. I do not handle electronic glitches well. A very large portion of my life takes place from my computer and phone. Some say that's a shame. I say that's my life. And as you all know, I love my life.
I've been talking with others. Here is what I express to them:
I am unsatisfied with this laptop. I L-O-V-E the ultrabook style. It suits me perfectly. I love the size, the weight and the speed. I need an ultrabook that operates with 100% precision. I don't have time for malfunctions, viruses or quirkiness. I need something that is completely reliable. What should I get?
Everyone tells me the same thing.
Can you guess what they tell me?
What would you tell me?
Did I do the right thing?
Since I now own a Macbook Air, it only makes sense that I also needed this, right?
Let the learning curve begin.