New Toys

A while back I wrote a post called “I LOVE MY LAPTOP.”  And I do.  Or, make that did.  Much like that car insurance commercial where the young girl talks about her car which she fondly calls Brad.  “I love Brad,” she claims.  Two boyfriends, three jobs, she and Brad have been through everything together.  Then?  She totals him.  “Nothing can replace Brad!” she declares.  Until her insurance company calls.

Brad who?

My old laptop which had to be going on nine, maybe ten years old, was still chugging along, but it would occasionally do some “weird” things.  I’d had the hard drive re-built in February 2014 which was a scary day when I started getting all of those URGENT messages and warnings flashing at me.   Then, I mentioned to my husband the other day how my space bar kept sticking.  And how the screen would flicker when I would scroll.  One thing was a complete annoyance, while the other was a little disconcerting.  What is the “light” source behind a laptop screen?  What if it went OUT?  How would I fix it?  Could I fix it?

Those things I worried about didn’t go unnoticed.  This showed up on Saturday.  This is a Dell XPS.  This is also heaven.  Wireless keyboard.  Wireless mouse.  Big screen.

The Dell All In One

Dell calls this an ALL IN ONE.  I call it magical.

Very SLICK. To say I didn’t know what I was missing is an understatement.  I’m like the girl on the car insurance commercial.

What old laptop? 

The keyboard on this is like comparing the driving of a clunker car to a Mercedes.  And, I’ve not worked on a mouse IN YEARS and simply forgot how easy it makes maneuvering around the screen.  This view is with the desktop showing on the screen, but all I have to do is click on the Microsoft Windows icon…, or SWIPE my finger and then I get all of these pretty tiles with all sorts of “goodies” to choose from.  Weather, financials, cooking stuff, news, maps, reading list, TripAdvisor, and on and on.  This thing has so much fun stuff on it I hope I get my writing done!  And when I swipe my finger, a keyboard shows up on the screen so I don’t have to use the wireless one if I don’t want.

And…, that’s not all! When my husband decides to do something, he doesn’t do it by the half measure.

Monday came and… out of nowhere, this showed up!

Fancy schmancy ASUS Laptop

Fancy schmancy ASUS Laptop

The keyboard on this one will flip around to the back so you can sit the screen on your lap faceup and type on a keyboard on the screen.

Both gifts were a total surprise and my mouth is still somewhere south of my face.  His thinking was the AIO would be too large to tote around when we go somewhere, so I had to have portable and the old laptop just wouldn’t cut it.

I mean, can we say “dayum?”


One Very Happy (and LUCKY!!!) Writer

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