Every once in a while a see a great deal on some low-end laptop at BestBuy or Future Shop. I’m tempted. The latest was an 11″ Gateway netbook that was $239. I resisted. After all, my ThinkPad X40 cost less than that and at $344, the X60s was about the same price as most new low-end netbooks.
This evening I was reminded of why I stick to ThinkPads, HP EliteBooks, MacBook Pros, and other used higher-end machines when I dropped my wonderful (and tough) HP 2710p from a five foot cart onto a very unforgiving tile floor at work. It was a bad drop, awkwardly landing on a corner. Couldn’t have been worse unless I’d thrown it down. I’m usually very careful but this time it just happened and I couldn’t stop it.
The battery popped out, as did the stylus, there is some slight cosmetic damage by the rarely-used SD slot but it is otherwise completely unscathed.
Once again: I’d rather a high-quality used machine than the newest, shiniest junk on sale in the weekly flier.