I own a Fujitsu C-6631 Lifebook notebook computer, which I purchased in 2001. At that time, my living situation was in a state of flux and I was working at a non-profit organization, spending more money on my commute than I was making. It was bad news all around. To bring in extra money, I developed some websites for a couple of clients, but I was working from a friend’s computer.
I decided to go for Best Buy‘s 12 month 0% interest by opening a credit card. Dealing with Household Bank, the operators of the credit card, was a pain but I got through the whole period without having to pay any interest.
I’m not quite sure how the Fujitsu managed to last so many years in an environment where technology is out of date within 18 months. The computer is no longer in perfect shape. Sometimes, I must hit the side of the screen to stop the display from having an LCD seizure. The machine is also what would be considered by today’s standards as “painfully slow.”
So I’m considering the purchase of a new notebook computer. I do have a desktop computer which I built a few years ago, having bought the parts separately. It’s an AMD Athlon XP 1800+, and is also a few generations old at this point. I saved some money by not buying a Dell, Gateway, or HP, but the Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum motherboard is a little unstable, resulting in occasional impromptu restarts.
The newer notebook computers are quite powerful, so I’m considering replacing the Fujitsu. I would consider a Mac if the price reflected the fact that software isn’t as readily available or as polished as software for an “IBM compatible” (except for multimedia production, which I rarely use). Alas, Macs are too expensive for what they provide, in my opinion.
If I go through with the purchase, I’d probably spend around $2,000, and I’d want to find the best value for the money, which probably does not include the major manufacturers. Toshiba seems to be a popular lower-cost brand, so I’ll probably start there.
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Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published August 14, 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.