I’ve been planning since the middle of August to buy a new notebook computer to replace my five-year-old Fujitsu C-6631 1 GHz laptop, which is finally presenting operational problems. Well, purchasing a new computer isn’t easy. I want to spend between $1,500 and $2,500 and I want these features in addition to the standard wireless, multimedia card reader, DVD+/-RW:
* 17″ WUXGA display
* 2 GB RAM
* 120+ GB hard drive storage
* numeric keypad
* Intel Core 2 Duo processor
I can’t have all of that for $2,500. In fact, the only computer I’ve found that meets all of the conditions (other than the numeric keypad) is the QOSMIO, which is too expensive. I finally decided I’d be willing to bend on the WUXGA display and settle for WXGA+. The best option was an HP Pavillion DV9030 from Circuit City.
They had the model on display, but none in stock. After asking the sales associate to check, we determined that no Circuit City in a 50-mile radius had the model either; I would need to order it from the warehouse (and pay shipping).
I wasn’t about to do that, so I left the store empty handed yet again. It appears that Circuit City will be receiving some new HP Pavillion models shortly. I’ll decide between the DV9040 and the DV9060. I’m surprised there is still no model with WUXGA resolution, however.
If I keep putting off this purchase, I may end up convincing myself that I don’t need a new notebook computer. However, at this point, I still believe it will make my life easier.
Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published October 24, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.