When Ærynn and I finally move in together (we are married, after all), one of the very first and importantly urgent things we should purchase is a computer. At first, I would have insisted on getting a desktop PC, because it is cheaper and (I thought) I could tweak it and purchase expansion cards (like dedicated video cards, for any video editing, or sound cards, for sound editing). But I've been using Dad's machine to edit videos and, except for the dearth of hard disk space, actually outperformed F-'s machine (which we specifically had custom-built to edit videos).
So, I am much more open, nay, excited to get a laptop for ourselves. However, that laptop has to be what is called a "desktop replacement," that is, it is portable, yes, just like all good laptops should be; but it also must be fitted to also be a desktop computer. Just like Dad's laptop, which I was able to deck out with the following enhancements:
- a typical PS/2 keyboard (to make typing easier as well as extending the life of the keyboard of the laptop itself)
- an optical mouse (much easier to use than the touch pad; oh how I wish I had a WACOM digitizer instead)
- external speakers (to make listening to music and watching DVDs much more a group appreciation thing)
- two USB hubs (which effectively triples the number of USB ports the laptop has; essential, I say)
- a USB floppy disk (you never know if one of those old-fashioned floppies come around)
- and an external USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure (which contains my old 80 Gigabyte hard drive)
At any rate, that laptop will have to be a real investment, but I am unclear as to how to go about choosing something that we wouldn't regret. Fortunately, because I subscribe to Yahoo!'s Tech Tuesday, I was able to find these particular links online that will help me with just that:
- Laptop Buying Guide - Yahoo! Shopping
- How To Buy A Notebook PC
- How to Buy a Laptop on a Budget (probably the most important article)
Hopefully, I would finish all my projects this week so that I can start applying for my VISA next week.