I Got (another) New Computer


Release Robin's Bra
Oct 11, 2008
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.


Oct 19, 2008
Toledo, Ohio
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.


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Dec 16, 2008
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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