I seem to be on a roll with the alliteration, but it does make the titles sound more interesting (at least I think so).
Right, to the crux of the matter. My laptop, my beloved RAB is slowly dying; the screen turns red and pixelated whenever I tilt it slightly, and the processor has started to overheat far more often than I would like (in that I would prefer it didn’t overheat at all).
I have been saving for a while to get a new machine (because who can write, or freelance, without a working computer these days?), and then last week my savings got a huge boost in the form of a tax rebate. So now, instead of having a longer period to decide I am realising that I need to make a decision soon, and get something that can do the job my behemoth does (RAB is six years old and heavy) but both lighter and quicker.
I never thought that having more money to make my choice would be an issue, but every time I look at the balance I think “I could get a cheap ass laptop then buy a new washing machine and fridge” (not that I currently need either). My mum has a nice (and cheap) Acer, she got it around the same time I purchased RAB and it’s lasted, but she uses it once a week, watches TV shows on it and that’s really it, whereas I use RAB every single day, and on the weekends I am online and writing/researching/chatting for almost 17 hours at a time. Yes, I realise that this is a possible issue, but a writer needs good, reliable tools, and I am not sure that a cheaper machine would be that for me.
So, ignoring the cheaper machines which would leave more money in my bank account, I now have to start looking at the top-of-the-range machines and decide which one is best for me and my working lifestyle:
Apple: High price tag, good sturdy machines, elegant chassis, lightweight, no good for gaming…my SIMS games (though being fair I haven’t played in over a year). MacOS
Dell XPS: High price tag, light, sturdy machines, perfect for gaming, WIN10 OS (I have to admit I am not hugely keen on this OS).
I am sure that there are a lot of people out there using different machines so I would love to hear what you would personally recommend from experience.
As an aside, most of my experience has been with Windows machines (since I purchased my first computer in 1995), but I have been using a Mac for the last six months.
I need a machine that can work with MS Office (because it’s what my clients use), and can handle multiple browser (by multiple I mean I currently have 11 windows open) sessions.