Searching for a new computer and need suggestions.
It's about time to retire my 2006 Acer TravelMate 6292 purchased brand new in unopened box back in 2007 at NCIX.com . The reason is I tried to comment Mary953's blog on, "What is the best computer out there?". I've spent time in writing a comment and suddenly lost it as I tried to post it. This is not the first incident, there were few times I've spent time writing blogs and I got disappointed when blogs got lost as I've clicked POST MESSAGE or POST YOUR COMMENT. My other issuses is at times I can't post blogs or comments.
I've scaled my solutions to solving these problems to upgrading laptop , buying used laptop, or buying new laptop.
1st route, take it to an manufacturer authorized repairer to upgrade hardware and software.
Hardware and software technology has come a long way that it's not economically sound for me to go to this route, unless my laptop is at most 3 years old to extend use.
2nd route, there's abundance of 3+ years old used laptops available and not enough of 1 - 2 years old used laptops and shopping for a used laptop is like shopping for a used car. Buying a used laptop is a game of chance if luck is on your side plus some upgrades you may have purchased a slightly used laptop that you will enjoy for many years to come at a great discount or stuck with a lemon that will frustrate you with a lighter purse/wallet
Personally I'll never buy a used laptop for many reasons.
3rd route, the expensive route is shopping for a brand new laptop in a unopened box. Buying a new laptop in the United States is like buying a new car because we're swamped with choices with over 5 origins and over 15 brands. IMHO of quantity vs. quality I'll never make a new laptop purchase from large publicly traded big box chain stores, because they mass order laptops with specific OEM components that are massed assembly produced for their own big box chain to minimize cost and maximize profit. I make my new laptop purchase at NCIX.com , Newegg.com , Tigerdirect.com , quality regional chains or any ma and pa shops that are manufacturer authorized dealer where OEM premium products are distributed directly.
There is no statistics but from word of mouth experience purchasing laptops from non-big-box-chain-stores lasts longer because big-box-chain-stores custom order from manufacturers with specific OEM components, assembly mass produced, high volume inventory laptops to minimize cost and maximize profits therfore affecting quality of laptop. Yes, it's more expensive at non-big-box-chain-stores but the manufacturer exclusive laptops, service, and quality is there.
BELOW ARE BRANDS LINKED TO UNITED STATES SITES
Can't find IBM Thinkpads? Maybe you should buy Lenovo because Lenovo acquired IBM computer division in 2005. Maybe that is why Lenovo uses recognized IBM laptop trademark name Thinkpad.
eMacines is subsidiary of Acer since 2007
Gateway is subsidiary of Acer since 2007, Gateway had a role in the 1997 James Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies".