Help Hoboken411 Decide: Laptop
Since I’m a Libra – I typically have a tough time making simple decisions. It usually happens when I’m at a restaurant or diner. I can never make up my mind when I have a menu in front of me (and usually really screw up the order).
Maybe some of you guys can help me with my next purchasing decision between buying replacement batteries for my current laptop – or getting a new one. See my pros and cons below.
One of my laptops is an IBM Thinkpad (Lenovo) Z60. It’s a fine machine running Windows XP, has 1GB of RAM and a moderate hard drive. Tinny speakers and a semi-bright screen. But it works. Since it’s almost three years old, my main problem is that the battery no longer holds a charge. The original battery lasted about 2.5 hours. The dilemma is – should I buy one or more new batteries? Or scrap it and refresh the technology?
Option 1: Juice the old laptop up
I was thinking of just replacing the original with an OEM replacement 6-cell Lenovo Battery which costs about $150. But while I was at it – thought about getting an extended 9-cell Lenovo Battery ($165) AND an “UltraBay” Battery ($115), which would take the place of the DVD drive. I’d get over 6 hours of battery life out of that configuration. Total cost: Around $280
Pros: Great battery life, no need to re-install software, lower cost.
Cons: Old technology
Option 2: Just get a new one. They’re cheap now!
I found this very decent Toshiba laptop for under $700 – it has tons of RAM and hard drive space, a nice resolution screen, and great sound quality. The only spec worse than option 1 would be the shorter battery life (unless I spend even more on a bigger battery).
Pros: Faster machine, newer technology, overall better specs (ram, sound, screen, etc.)
Cons: $400 more, plus the giant headache of re-installing software (a week or two or more of work on my end)
What would you do?
The bottom line is – that I probably don’t need to do either option – since I rarely take the laptop out, and if I do, I usually use the power cord. But I’d like to be able to be more “mobile” in the future.
What would you rather have? A fully-functional (but not 100% up to date) laptop with 6 hour battery life and $400 extra bucks? Or a spanking new, fully-updated machine (despite the humongous pain in the neck it is bringing up to speed with software)?