Well, this time I actually had a technical hiccup that kept me from updating rather than the usual Me vs. Humanity ordeal that I’m so used to.
After 5 years of faithful service, the hard drive finally failed on my Aspire 9300. Well, actually it’s been failing for quite some time with clicking, gridning and stuttering noises so it wasn’t really a surprise when it went. I’ve usually had good luck with Acer products in the past and I think this was a result of a lot of abuse. I took this thing practically everywhere all this time and it was pretty much a desktop replacement in every sense of the term. I can imagine the drive took quite a few shocks during this time.
I could have simply replaced it with a drive, but it was starting to show its age. Besides, it was time to move on to something that I could enjoy as a media machine from time to time rather than just a work computer.
After what might seem a hypocritical move on my part after one particular previous post, I went again with a Dell. But I did make sure this system comes with a full recovery CD, so not entirely a 180° in that regard.
The good news is that the Studio 15 (1558) pretty decent system and, for $649 + tax and shipping, not a bank breaker. The bad news is that I don’t like the keyboard at all, which is too clicky and noisy, and it doesn’t have a number pad because the screen size won’t allow it. But those are minor complaints. Considering the screen quality is very nice, and it’s quite a bit lighter than my old Acer (no more aching shoulders), I’m pretty happy with it so far. And the Speakers are OK.
The Dell Dock is basically a Mac OS X dock clone, but not quite. I took out the preinstalled McAfee suite, put on Avast instead and toned down Aero.
Oh, and Windows 7 is still Windows…