I’ve had my computer for over 4 and a half years now, and while it’s gotten the job done, it’s started to slow down a bit. And it weighs over 5 lbs. It’s not fun to sit in front of the TV with a brick on my lap. It was time for an upgrade, so I started to consider my options.
The more I looked into the computers that have come out recently, the more I thought about what I really use my computer for. I surf the Internet, I blog, I use Twitter and Facebook, and I occasionally use offline apps, but fairly infrequently.
Is A Chromebook A Good Choice?
As a result, I decided that I wanted a Chromebook. If 98% of what I do can be done on a Chromebook, why not get one? After all, it’s only $250, so even if it lasts just 2 years, That’s just $125 per year for the use of a computer (which is very light, by the way), significantly less than the $155/year I’ve paid on average for my current laptop (bought it for $700).
However, I ran into a snag. While being able to use it for 98% of things I do is good, it really does put me in a bind when I need to do some real work, use FTP software, or VPN to my work network. So while I loved the idea of spending just a little bit on a computer, the Chromebook wasn’t a perfect fit. I kept hoping that the next iteration would have what I needed, but for now, I had to chrome the ultra-cheap laptop off my list.
Is a 2 in 1 Laptop Reasonable?
I’ve seen ads for Lenovo Yoga Convertible Touchscreen Laptop recently that got me interested. They can be used as a laptop, but the screen can bend all the way over to become a tablet. It’s pretty cool, but the $439 version only comes with Windows RT, which I’ve seen bad reviews for. If the price had been a little cheaper and come with full Windows 8, I likely would have gone with that option. It weighs around 2 pounds, which is a much more reasonable weight for hanging out on a couch.
I expected to wait a few months to find a good deal on a computer that fit my needs, but within a few days, I found a deal that seemed too good to be true.
The Asus Transformer Is The Perfect Choice
The ASUS Transformer Laptop is a laptop and a tablet, but in a different way from the Lenovo convertible. This one is a standalone tablet than snaps into a keyboard, converting it into a full laptop. It came with Windows 8.1, so I can download programs just as I did with my old Windows 7 computer, and having a touchscreen laptop is great as the need to use the track-pad decreases. The icing on the cake was that it came with Microsoft Office Home & Student, which based on eBay prices, is worth about $100 (and maybe I’ll sell it?).
So how much did I pay for this fancy new contraption?
There was a great sale, so the whole thing, including shipping, came out to just $283.36. But it got much better. Bank of America had the company I purchased from, TigerDirect.com, as one of their Bank Amerideals, which offered 10% off if I used Bank of America’s link. Done. For some reason, Bank of America also had TigerDirect.com as part of their Add It Up program, which added another 2% back on my purchase. Finally, TigerDirect.com had a promotion of their own, $20 rebate for any purchase over $100. All told, I saved $53.86, so I spent just $229.50 on my new computer. The current Amazon price is about $480 for the exact same computer, so I’m very happy with my over 50% deal.
If you don’t need heavy duty hardware on your computer, I highly suggest checking out the low cost alternatives. You can still spend $1,000+ on a Mac and I’m sure you’ll be really happy with it, but you can also get a super light, thin, and perfectly capable laptop and/or tablet for just a small fraction of the price.
What kind of computer do you have?