Well, my aged laptop gave all it could. It died on me last night. Just doesn't turn on anymore. I believe something fried inside since I still can notice an odd smell coming from it.
I'm going to Staples today and get me the one I've been dating for a while; Asus U6SG.
Intel Core2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz, 64 bit)
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
250GB (5400 RPM)
The Memory is actually 3Gb. But I'll be also buying a 2Gb stick and giving away the 1Gb one. It comes with a few nice extras; fingerprint security, 2 batteries(!), 8 in 1 Card Reader, and even a bag.
Hopefully this will mean I won't have to think of an upgrade for another 5 or 6 years.
I choose Asus over Toshiba this time. Actually my first non Toshiba laptop. The reason was threefold:
- This Asus looks very sturdy. I couldn't find a Toshiba model with such high specs that didn't put an emphasis on design over sturdiness. This is a must for me when buying laptops. I pay particular attention to the screen joints and I also rock the laptop gently on my hands trying to see if it feels like if it was made of just one piece.
- Price. Asus is beating Toshiba. Period.
- Toshiba Support has become terrible in Portugal (long waiting times and reports of not actually fixing whatever the problem was). I did have an excellent service in Australia. But in Portugal it sucks. I can't afford that especially when I don't trust my laptops to anyone except the makers.
Anyways, guess today is my birthday :)