A couple of weeks ago I asked you all to help solve a debate that had been going on in our household. We were competing for computer time (and therefore missing out on time with each other.) I thought we needed better time management skills. He thought we needed a second laptop. That sounded excessive to me. So I asked you all to weigh in. This sums up the overwhelming response:
— Mel (@brokeGIRLrich) May 26, 2015
And this was me:
Because you guys are not spendthrifts. I guess I’m just old-fashioned. Like one-computer-per-house old fashioned. Which according to my math makes my opinions literally ten years old, but in our high-paced tech world, makes me a dinosaur. Or a fifteenth century woman.
At your advice, I caved. It really has made our lives so much better. We can both work at the same time, which results in less arguments as we both push deadlines, and more time together as we’re not twiddling our thumbs waiting for the other to finish.
A major concern was how we were going to afford this. Chela suggested an HP Stream, as she found one pretty cheap. We knew we wanted to be in the $200-300 range, but we still had to save up the money because I wasn’t willing to steal from our house fund.
Then something awesome happened. I got offered a day of work that’s rare in the summer for me. It gave me the funds to go out shopping. Shopping we went. We looked at Macs, as they have an awesome student discount program, but even with the discount they were way, way too expensive. While they’re awesome, they had a lot of features that were outside of our needs.
Next we checked out Best Buy because they also have some pretty rad student discounts, and my husband is a college student. We ended up deciding on a HP Stream like Chela recommended. We compared prices, and found that Best Buy’s was priced fairly. We couldn’t find any others new for a lesser price, though some places, like Amazon, also had it listed right at $200:
It ended up not being one of the models that qualified for the student discount, but it was still cheaper than most of them would have been even with the discount. And it serves our needs. I need to blog. I need to get articles in by deadlines. I need to do some editing with PicMonkey. And I need to access Microsoft Office.
I’m pretty darn happy with it so far. It’s cute. Which is an added bonus I didn’t take into consideration when shopping. It’s lightweight. It’s functional. And it was affordable. There are a couple of cons to it. It doesn’t have a lot of storage space. BUT, something else I learned as I was emerging from the dark ages is that I can use an SD card as storage space. (They’re for more than just cameras, apparently.) So that’s a non-issue. Also the mouse is kind of wonky. But I have a USB plug-in mini mouse, anyways. Plus it gives me the motivation I need to get the thing attracting radiation waves for wi-fi access away from my actual lap. Doing so has also helped ergonomics. Not that it’s a feature of the computer. It’s just that the negative has turned out to be a positive as it forces me to get out of my own laziness that was potentially damaging my health.
Because of the negatives, the husband thinks I should return it and hit the market again. But he doesn’t have to use it. You guys were pretty sage with the last debate I put up to you, so I’ll ask you to weigh in on this one, too. Would you return a computer because of a weird mouse if you already had a functional solution? I don’t think I’m going to. But if you all tell me he’s right again (because sometimes I am very obviously wrong,) can you recommend one that fits our budget, allows me to work on or off wi-fi in Microsoft Office, has a mouse that won’t force me to use my USB solution, and is free of any other little quirks?
Thanks for helping us solve this one. We’ve gotten a good chunk of our lives back thanks to the decision. And it only cost $200. Which, in my book, is worth it.