Thank you Finland (for the tax returns)

December 13, 2012

Some of you might remember the HP ProBook I bought roughly a year ago (well around the 1st of January 2012). Overall I’ve been really happy with it and it has stood the test of time. I did upgrade it to 6GB RAM and a 128GB SSD (which I later downgraded and upgraded back again). I’ve switched from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and the computer has just kept on ticking. So all in all, it was totally worth the small amount of cash I paid for it.

I’ve got quite a long history with small sized laptops, the last time I had a “full sized” one (Aka. desktop replacement at 15.6″) was back in ’04, a big and heavy HP Pavilion zv5000, that thing was huge, and I remembered thinking to myself if I’d every buy a new laptop I’d go small (This is when I mostly used and preferred stationary computers). Later on I downgraded to an older IBM Thinkpad T22 (13,3″), which I really liked and later went on to a Thinkpad R51 (14.1″) which wasn’t one of my favorites. I really liked the Thinkpad brand and I especially loved the trackpoint (there really isn’t any better pointing device). But as time went on I had to upgrade again, and at the time I felt the Thinkpad x-serie was out of my budget. So I went on to an LG R200 (12.1″), hated the looks, loved the screen and performance.

A few years passed and I wanted to go smaller and more portable. Say hello to the age of netbooks. I jumped on the bandwagon and got my self a convertible, an Asus  T101MT (10.1″), and I actually rolled with this computer as my primary machine for quite a long time and at last I skipped it and went back to an old stationary computer in 2011 (which I later upgraded). And then I bought myself the HP Probook.

Well it now felt like I needed to upgrade, and not because of performance issues, the 4320s, with it’s low performance i3 still holds its grounds. As a web developer, I generally don’t need the power of anything faster. But I did have a checklist of things that I wanted and needed.

The primary things I needed was better battery life, less weight and a backlit keyboard. And I didn’t want to skimp on any of those requirements. I also knew which brands I didn’t want; Acer, Asus and any other spaceship-like computer manufacturer. I’d love to have a new Thinkpad, but as Lenovo has taken over the brand, and also changed it’s timeless looks, I went elsewhere.
At one point I even eyed up some Apple Macbook Pros, but at the same time I don’t want to pay for the premium if I’m not even going to use their operating system, off the list.

At last I settled for HP again, I decided to buy the HP Envy Spectre XT, an Ultrabook that fits my requirements. It weighs in at 1.39KG and the screen size is 13.3″. I’m not really super sold on the looks (I think it would look better in black). But from the reviews I’ve read, both the keyboard and trackpad should be one of the best that HP has ever created, and, according to the reviews, the worst part with this machine is the screen, but seeing as I’ve been pleased with my current screen, I think I’ll manage.

Again Multitronic delivered a very good price, so I bought it in Finland and I’ll have to wait until I get there to use it, which luckily is only a week away.

It was paid, in full, with my tax refunds. So thank you Finland.

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