Tuesday, March 14, 2006

How I ended up with a new laptop

OK...so I'm trying to remember Saturday a little more....
Spent some time at CompUSA, OfficeDepot, Microcenter...where else?

Came home and did some research and read some ads.
Was looking at some ACER models at MicroCenter. They had one laptop for $499 I considered.
They had the Compaq V2552US at CompUSA for $579 after rebates...most of them instant rebates..so that was really mytop contender. Best Buy in AppleValley had Toshiba for like $529 I think...only saw that one at Apple Valley.

Richfield didn't have it. Didn't look at the Best Buy ad till I was at the Richfield one...and then saw theCompaq V4310NR for $699 (reg. 949). OK...I had set kind of a limit at $700. I don't need big performance and I don't wanta notebook that's so expensive I'm afraid to take it anywhere for fear of loss, theft or damage.So the $699 was at about the limit. So we're down to the $579 vs. $699 choice.

Better processor/Centrino set
More RAM
Bigger screen!
Built in card reader
more USB ports
Bigger hard drive
Better built optical drive
All instant rebate...no mail in at all.

All that stuff worth $120 more?

Sat at home thinking about that most of the afternoon.

I knew they had at least 2 in stock at Richfield. Saw 'em there in the cage below the laptops.
They didn't close till 10, so I had some time. But the sale was over Saturday on both machines...I hadto make a move if I wanted either.

I read and researched while Jerrie was napping....the pregnancy really has her tired. Not much "morning sickness,"but she's been really tired in this first trimester...which is now officially over! The trimester anyway...we'll seeabout the tiredness. :)

It's crackin me up that I need the battery tonight (Sunday night). We have NO power! I'm editing this on the new laptop.In the dark.

Back at the ranch...After she woke up, talked to Jerrie and decided to go with the V4000 series.So we headed over there around 8pm and with little fuss, I shelled out $750 (ouch, tax!) and had a new laptop.Wow..they gave me a free blank DVD and 2 CD roms..with cases! Pretty exciting. I can't burn DVDs in this thing, but anyway....

I tossed the 4000 in the trunk and we headed over to eat at the Chinese place I can never remember the name of.I'll have to post it when I remember...it's a great place...and they are very friendly and helpful.This one is in Edina. We also go to First Wok in Bloomington a lot...they are just as good, but a little farther.

Ya see..by the time we were done eating...I was nearly deleriously tired. I got to sleep at 2am Saturday and woke up at 8am. It was so nice and sunny! I then went out and found it was over 40 degrees! Sat. morning was very springlike....it got cooler througout the day though... ;(
I was tired and almost decided to just leave the laptop till Sunday...but Jerrie wanted to take a look at it, soI got it out and fired it up. And then proceeded to monkey with it for till midnight. Was impressed with everything. The size is a bit hard to get used to. It's a lot bigger than my old 13" Dell.A bit heaver too I think.

Here ends Saturday!


Jerrie had to get up and go to work right away to get a jumpstart on her busy week.
I got up and headed over to Panera for breakfast and brought the 4000 along to try out their wireless.
Installed the VpN client and futzed the machine.
came home and fixed that.
Took a nap!Monkeyed with Tmobile plan.
tried new uniden add-on phone.
Ate at mcdonalds

Snowing out!
Power went out!

Now it's Tuesday and I've forgotten the rest of the day

I'm posting this Tuesday. Finally!

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