Just a bit of an indulgence.
There was a warehouse sale at the office building from Tuesday to Friday. Like every single time I would make a big purchase I waffled undecisively between buying and not buying a laptop for the first four days, only to succumb at the very last minute when a model with an insane price became available.
On 7:30pm of the last day of the sale, I picked up an Acer Aspire 4920 unit with the following specs:
Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Processor Technology, Intel ® Core™2 Duo Processor T7100 (1.8GHz, 2Mb L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
Mobile Intel® PM965 Express Chipset, Built-in Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N
Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory/ 160GB SATA HDD (Extended Power)
14.1″ WXGA TFT CrystalBrite LCD (8ms response time)
Built-in New Acer CrystalEye WebCam supporting Acer PrimalLite Technology
Built-in Dolby® Digital Surround Sound (DLNA Certified)
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR Technology
Built-in 5in1 Card Reader
Built-in Super Multi Double Layer Drive
Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN/56k Modem
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X2500 with up to 1GB of HyperMemory™ Technology (256MB dedicated Memory, 768MB Shared Memory)
New Acer Arcade Deluxe Multimedia Software
Acer GridVista Technology
Acer Empowering Technology with Free
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (Trial Version for 60 days)
I felt guilty about the impulse buy for a few hours; I didn't really need a laptop of course, and I could upgrade one of the home desktops into a top of the line gaming machine for the same price. Still, I've always wanted a laptop and if I went by that logic I'd never have one!
So yeah I'm using it now, I also bought and setup a wifi router at home as well, so now I get to blog while watching a DVD of 21. I'm also back to using a Windows OS at home, since the laptop comes with Windows Vista Home Premium. I think I'm going to try using Vista and IE for a while and see how long before I decide to wipe and install into an XP/Ubuntu dual boot. At least I get to experience the thrill of being a Windows shill for a while. 😀