I Got (another) New Computer

JHDK

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Well My HP screen died. The computer still works and I can use it if I hook it up to my TV but a laptop without a working screen is pretty useless. It's not worth getting fixed because it was only $420, tax included, in 2015. It was October 2015 to be exact so that means the machine wound up costing me $9.00 per month. Well worth it.

So I did what I always do. I went to Best Buy and bought one off the shelf. It's a Lenovo Ideapad 330S. My first time with a Lenovo. It cost $580.


It's has a 1080 screen with a Core i5, 8 gigs of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

This is the first time I've had a SSD and I'm concerned about the lack of space. To supplement it I also bought a 2 TB external mechanical hard drive for $80. I know the $1,000 MacBook only has a 128 GB, SSD but it seems like not enough to last years. Do you guys think it is enough for updates and all that over the next 4 or so years I hope the thing lasts? I plan to put everything else on the external drive.

Now for the parts I like. The 1080 screen is nice. It's the first time I've had a computer better than 720. I like the i5. My last 2 computers were all i3's so I'm happy about the upgrade. I also like the 8 GB of RAM. That's an upgrade from my last machine at 6 GB.

Yesterday I did battery test and with normal use it lasted 4.5 hours. Good enough. However, when I powered it back up after it died, it couldn't find my network. I had to reboot for it to pop back up. I hope that will not become a problem.

I'm thinking of going back to Best Buy and getting the 1 year protection plan. That store is pretty great with those plans. They really helped me when I had all those issues with my Sirius S50.

So overall I have a few concerns but I like this machine and can see me using it until somewhere around 2023...hopefully.
 

HecticArt

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The ssd's are nice. It should boot quickly and be pretty snappy.
Be careful with your external hard drive. I've had a few fail. If they are the only place that your data is located, you can't count on it being there. I lost a bunch of stuff because I was lazy and didn't follow the golden rule: You don't really have your data, if you only have it in one place. Make sure that's your backup location, not the only location.

I bought one of those raid devices that has 2 mirrored 2 tb drives in it. Hopefully that covers me. I check the system health from time to time, but you never know. I'd be hosed if they both went down.
 

Jon

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Got me a new one too. I'm attending online classes for the next six months or more, and some hardware they sent didn't exactly play nice with my Mac. So I bought an HP running Windows 10. Just set it up today, pretty nice so far. Makes the Windows 7 systems they're still running at my job look ancient.

I still have my Macbook and all my Apple stuff, but I'll be learning on Windows (troubleshooting, networks and security) so this will work out nicely. Especially since it's about $220 out the door.
 
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