Over the years I’ve replaced the hard drive as the old one died, replaced the battery as the old one died, repaired the AC adapter, and got an external USB to VGA adapter as the internal VGA port died.
Were all these purchases worth it or should I have simply scrapped the old beast earlier?
I’m kinda thinking for the cost of a new machine these days, my efforts were not worth the time and money.
Now my second battery died so I bought a new machine for $500. It's an Acer AS5738-6252, see here http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/ca...dCode=WW&=&=&=
So AMEX doubles the manufacturer’s warranty and that gives me two years plus AMEX gives 2% cash back on all purchases making the pre-tax price $490.
Pretty hard to best the price / performance ratio, and truth be told laptops are now getting to the point were if anything much goes wrong hardware-wise, it can be a good idea to just chuck it and get a cheaper-faster new one.
2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 processor; 2MB L2 Cache; 800MHz FSB
500GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
8x Super-Multi optical drive (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM)
15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit display
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - English and Canadian French
Intel GMA 4500HD video
Built-in stereo speakers with True 5.1 Channel Surround Sound output
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/Draft-N wireless LAN
Ports include 5-in-1 card reader, 4 x USB 2.0 ports and HDMI with HDCP support
Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device supporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip
Software included: NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Works 9.0
ENERGY STAR 5.0
1-year limited warranty