A few weeks before our planned move to Israel, our desktop computer was totally fried. Not a hope of fixing it.
I would have felt it was a big splurge to buy a laptop when our desktop was totally fine, but in light of the state our computer was in, dh and I decided to each get laptops. We bought refurbished models on ebay from a seller who had an excellent history. It was great to be able to simultaneously downsize the amount of space we needed in our luggage for our computer, while doubling the computer availability.
I was very happy with my laptop, but dh’s was showing signs of a problem. Turns out that the small annoyances that he chose to overlook since it was such a busy time before our move that he didn’t want to bother with having to send it back, were part of a bigger problem. So after a few months, he replaced it with a brand new model.
But as for me, my computer kept chugging along and I’ve felt that our purchase was a good one. In the last couple of months, I’ve had a couple of computer issues, but they were easily resolved. Until the most recent one – the motherboard is warped due to the heat that this particular model puts out and this had rendered my laptop unusable. This was nothing that the seller did wrong, and nothing that I did wrong in using it, though knowing what I know now, I would have purchased a cooling pad for it.
Interestingly,the computer repair guy told us that laptops in Israel rarely last more than 2 – 4 years. This is because there’s so much more dust here and it gets into the inside of the computer where it causes malfunctions. He’s fixed hundreds of laptops, and he said that in his experience, to get four years out of your laptop, he said you’d have to take it apart about once a year and have it totally cleaned out of any dust that accumulated.
So now we’re trying to decide what to do. I definitely need a computer – in this interim period I’m grateful to be able to use dh’s, but it’s not usually available until late at night and dd17 also wants to use it then so I have a very minimal amount of time available to me right now, which is a bit frustrating. The question is, should I replace the laptop with another laptop, or with a desktop? I’ve gotten used to the flexibility of a laptop and would find it very hard to go back to a desktop, but the idea of spending money every year or two on a laptop and thinking of it as a disposable purchase isn’t so appealing!
What has been your experience with laptops vs. desktop computers? What would you recommend, and why? If you live in Israel, has your experience with the lifespan of your laptop been in line with our computer repair person’s?