Technology is supposed to make things more convenient, faster, better. When it starts to break downs, it becomes aggravating and maddening.
I purchased the laptop you see above in April 2010. It is a Lenovo Y460. I believe I received it sometime early May. I have had this laptop for two and a half years now. It is still useable but it is incredibly frustrating breaking down for the past year and a half. It started acting up literally a year after I purchased it. Since then it has been a slow death. It overheats like crazy and it shuts off frequently while in the middle of use because of the overheating. The charging port is now loose and I have to shove the adaptor prong and hold it for a while to make sure my laptop charges. The hard drive makes really unusual clicking sounds from time to time. The keys stick or don’t function properly. Plus, I have so many issues with clicking on any link on any website. My computer won’t acknowledge it. Plus, I am sure my computer is so virus laden that its a good thing other tech toys can’t catch it by mere proximity. My Lenovo’s a cheap hooker letting anyone in. I wish it had standards!
My previous laptop had been a portable, feature maxed out Dell Inspiron 700m, (bought near the end of it’s cycle – lucky me right? NOT!) I picked up for graduate school. That computer looks like a heavy brick compared to the new thin and lights you see everywhere. However, for a PC it was awesome and lasted nearly 5 YEARS! Sure, the last year it was dropping functionality code left and right. Of course, my biggest issue with the Dell was all the viruses I was picking up. I easily parted with about $600 for virus removal and desktop cleaning over the course of the 5 years.
When I decided it was time to pick up a new laptop I was shopping for something different and value packed. Macs are nice but SOOOOOOO expensive. I couldn’t justify the cost. I didn’t really need the computing power or theatrics especially when you are on your office computer most of the day anyway. So, I went back to a PC but tried something different with Lenovo.
When I first got my Lenovo I was so impressed with the audio and the images. I had a discount and paid about a $1000 for a mid-tier laptop with two year warranty. But looking at this jollopy now, I know next time I either need to go for quality or dirt cheap. First, Lenovo is infamous for BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE AFTER you have purchased the computer. I purchased a two year warranty and looked into getting my laptop checked out but it was near impossible to find information for how to go about the process. Plus, it also meant being without my computer for a while. Lastly, a google search of many other customers and the evasiveness of Lenovo to address issues, made me realize it wasn’t worth the hassle.
That’s right – I didn’t even bother to use the extended warranty I had purchased because it wasn’t worth the trouble or the aggravation for something that was not going to be addressed satisfactorily. So, it expired.
But my laptop is on a countdown to extinction. Starting now (but this will post some days later!) 🙂
So, now I am stuck between getting a new Mac or some rock bottom cheap PC that I could hold on to for at least two years before I needed to buy a new one. Decisions, decisions. I need to think about what will give me the best value. Sometimes, a cheap PC that only needs to be swapped out every two years could be more fiscally responsible than an expensive Mac.
Financially, it is just really bad timing but I am gonna ride this jollopy ’til the bitter code dropping, intermittent charging end.
Update: Crud! My computer can no longer charge. I think it’s a mechanical issue, but there are too many blue-screen crashes, as well. Good thing this is a prescheduled post, but I haven’t backed up anything in months. By the time this posts, I should have a new computer, an HP Envy Spectre XT 13 ultrabook. Basically, it is a Mac Air dupe that costs about $400 less.
Update: I do not suggest anyone buy a computer from the Microsoft store unless you want value added software programs WIPED from the drive. Now hoping HP will fix the issue as original manufacturer.