On Buying A New Laptop

Right now, I am waiting for things to download, to install or copy over from my external hard drive. I have, after months of struggling, finally decided to buy a new laptop. The final straw was a splash of diet cheap cola, which rendered my keyboard unusable, but only decided to do so about 20 minutes later in the middle of a game of Risk of Rain 2. Being someone who uses a keyboard a lot, this was a little bit of a pain in the ass, and since it’s the Christmas break, nowhere is really open to fix my old laptop quickly (quickly being the key word) and I need a computer to do most of the things I normally do, from work and writing to gaming and general usage.

Basically, I’m nothing without some sort of computer.

So I got a new laptop. I have money saved up for emergencies like this. My entire life, I have spent nothing on myself so I can afford big expenses like cars breaking down, laptops breaking, things like that. It’s actually reached a point where I get told off for not buying anything for myself. But here I am, €1007 poorer, but with a really nice, snazzy laptop. It even has an SSD (solid state drive), which I’ve not had before, and I’m being super careful not to fill that up. The speed is very, very noticeable. I like it a lot.

It’s nice, having something new. Something very fast and snappy. Something that actually does as I tell it to and instantly opens the start menu when I press the windows key. My old laptop struggled to do that.

“But Medic, why did you get a laptop! You could have gotten a proper desktop that is probably way better for less money!”

Yeah, that’s a good point. But the problem is I don’t really want a tower. And for a long time, I couldn’t have a nice, big, powerful PC because I lived in a house that was solar powered, which meant we had to be careful with our power supplies.

But I also like being able to take my laptop anywhere. Even if “anywhere” consists of only a handful of places, that mostly includes wherever my clients want to meet up for work things. I have a lot more freedom with a laptop than I do a PC when it comes to physical things, even if it means I can’t play the newest games on the highest of settings. Frankly most of the time I turn a lot of settings off anyway because I can’t stand Depth of Field and Motion Blur.

It’s a personal thing. Not the best personal choice but it’s my problem to deal with. Really, if any problems do come up, most of the time I still only have two options: fix it myself or have to go elsewhere to get them fixed by a professional, so it’s all swings and roundabouts, and most of the time, I can fix technical issues myself, it’s hardware problems that always get me.

There’s a nice plus to all of this. We’ll be getting far nicer screenshots for Daily SPUF articles and, if things go the way I want them to, I might be able to do SPUF of Legend videos more regularly as well.

Anyway, I’m just reinstalling all my programs, downloading Warframe and a few other bits and pieces. I’ll see you all later, in nice 60FPS graphics for once.


Also known as Doctor Retvik Von Schreibtviel, Medic writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Medic has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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