And it will not be the last time. Because next year when the 100-mile Nissan Leaf comes out, I will trade in the Prius and pay way too much $$ for one. I may even use my company 401K funds, because I’d like to have the title.
But I digress.
The Dell laptop I bought to replace the Toshiba was affordable, and it works fine as a solidly built, heavy duty business machine, complete with optical drive and touch screen. But it’s not a good replacement because the main reason I need a laptop is for travel. 15.6” screen had turned out to not be portable in any computer-ready knapsacks I own. And it’s heavy. Did I mention how much of an effect gravity has on it?
So today as I was doing a series of “hit the ’go’ button and wait 10 minutes” tests, I read ultrabook reviews.
A couple liked the Asus Zenbook, but most of them liked the Dell XPS 13.
The more I read, the more it was a trade-off between price and performance.
The Zen comes with a craptastic 800MHz M processor (as in built for low profile mobile devices). It was designed for Windows 8, comes with 8.1, customer-upgradable to 10.
The Dell has a variety of CPU options, but the one which looked like the best price/performance combo has an i5 CPU, and is built for Windows 10.
The price difference between the two, with 8GB RAM 256GB SSD and a non-touch display is about $400 in favor of the Zen.
At lunchtime, after visiting the Tech CU to find out what the MICR line on my self-printed checks should look like, I went to Fry’s to sample the keyboards. They did not have the exact models I wanted, but that was just the insides. The keyboards are the same. I liked the Dell’s a bit more, though both do a stupid “hide the DEL key” thing.
Back at work, more research, reading the 3-star and less reviews of both. Usually 1-star reviews are about things arriving broken, or lousy customer service, or customer-in-denial error. This was true of the Dell, which had very few bad customer reviews. But the Zen seems to have a serious display driver problem after upgrading the Windows 10. And other things seem to stop working.
A major point of this exercise was to have native Windows 10.
So, some more research showed that the best price for the Dell configuration I wanted was on Dell’s site. $200 less than Amazon, which came in 2nd.
I paid more than I wanted to, but about the same as what I expect to sell the Toshiba for. And I’ll also sell the heavy Dell, which will help.
Work was mostly usual for a Monday. Team meeting, Late Guy was even later than usual, but no problem, his last day is Friday, and Boss waited till he got there to confirm he will come to his going away lunch on Wednesday.
Also attended an engineering spec meeting for Teletext, which provided some useful information. I’ll probably be testing that when it gets into the product.
It rained pretty hard last night. It was still drizzling on the way to work, but cleared up by lunchtime. Spook was very confused by it. It’s the first real rain we have had in a year. I took the non-freeway route with the fewest stop lights to work.
Home after work was on the expressway, since the roads were dry and it’s fairly predictable.
Watched some of the football game, over chips & dip followed by lasagna dinner with mini sourdough garlic bread slices. Luck got lucky right at the end and tied the game, but overtime was not kind to him. I stopped watching at the end of regulation, but kept an ear open.
Because now that I had the MICR line info I was able to design a check (with Spook as the background image) and print a sheet of 3, one of which will go to HR for direct deposit.
That will take a month to become effective, so I will wait till mid-December to transfer everything across to it.
Meanwhile I am thinking of maybe taking a trip during Turkey Day weekend, or Historically Inaccurate Jesus Birthday weekend. Somewhere warm. Somewhere Southwest flies. But only if they take my Paypal payment. If they fail on that, I’ll find another airline or take a train trip.
Plans for tomorrow: