If you followed this saga, you remember that I decided to get a small portable computer so I wouldn’t be stuck inside on lovely days. I did a lot of research and bought one.
That computer was too big (heavier than a cat who weighed more or a sack of potatoes the weighed more).
Exchanged it for another. That one was too small or maybe just too different.
Yes, I’m on my third. (Sounds like the three bears, doesn’t it?)
First, I’m a princess. I like what I like. I want what I want. I love my touch screen and Windows. I wanted smallish and lightweight. All the research in the world doesn’t narrow the selection down like actual experience. I wished I could have worked on one before buying but the challenge wouldn’t have been as exciting or resulted in two blog posts.
Last Friday I took back my very economic and practical Chromebook. It’s a great computer. Google has tons of on-line storage for slides, photos, docs, etc. It’s just different. I recommend it if you are not a princess.
My version had no touchscreen although some do. Honestly, it was all I really needed (if I wasn’t a princess).
The beloved husband and I have a way of justifying purchases. The key phrase is “we live a simple life style and don’t spend a lot of money. We should do what we want.” This reasoning works for large purchases that aren’t necessary. We use it to adopt cats too but that’s another story.
Computer models have names like Envy and Omen. I bought a Yoga. It does contortions so you can change it into a tablet or pad. I don’t need any of that. Like cars, I had to buy stuff I don’t need to get stuff I want.
I am happy! I am writing this post in my screened porch. The birds are chirping and frogs croaking. I just might keep this one.
I paid more than I needed to and have features I’ll never use. There are many things I don’t understand BUT I can do what I want to do quickly and easily.
A happy shout out to Best Buy. Yes, it’s a big box store but locally it had a great selection. They were patient with me as I bought and returned two computers. No restocking fee. No hassle. Easy peasy. The first two staff guys weren’t of great help because I didn’t know what I wanted and neither did they. They guided me to what I said I wanted. The third guy was phenomenal.
He patiently listened to me. (I again came in with a preconceived notion of what I wanted based on my research.) While not discouraging me, he explained a few things I didn’t know. He’s not paid by commission so he didn’t care how much I spent. (His goal was to have this weird lady stop returning computers!)
He also figured out how I could get the best price. The specific model was on sale and they have a great student discount now and we have students in the family. Score!
Ok, I’ve only had this for three days but so far so good. Nothing has ended up in the pond. All good.
Perhaps the best thing (from Gracie’s perspective) to come out of this was the shipping box the first computer came in. She won’t let me recycle it. I often hear it scooting around during the day. My cats prefer toys I don’t pay for.