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Who says you can't buy happiness?

For months now, I've been looking at laptop deals on almost a daily basis thinking about a replacement for the machine I currently have. I'm usually pretty hard on my laptops and they don't end up lasting all that long. The laptop before this one croaked just a year or so and this one's been chugging along for 14 months. The last thing I want is to have it die and end up making a rushed purchase rather than waiting for a good deal.

That's the funny thing about buying a laptop. The prices can vary greatly based on whatever promotion is running at the moment and there are so many options. Processor, screen size, resolution, whether you want dedicated graphics, ram, operating system, etc. If you know exactly what you want, you could wait a very long time for a promotion to come along which matches your need exactly and you end up horsetrading inside your head. Because of that I've almost pulled the trigger a half dozen times at least over the past few months, always arguing with myself about whether or not to pull the trigger and deciding not to.

Well, today, I finally bit and bought a new laptop. It costs 50% more than any laptop I have ever bought in my life but I couldn't help myself. Here are the stats:




HP DV8T @ $899 + tax

  • Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/ Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive w/HP ProtectSmart HDD Protection
  • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
  • 18.4" diagonal High Def HP Ultra BrightView Infinity (1920x1080p)
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Espresso Black)
  • Intel Wireless-N Card
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The main thing I wanted this time around was a laptop with a big screen and this one is HUGE. I didn't even know that laptop screens got this big as the largest I had previous seen was around an inch smaller. That and the resolution will mean that this laptop will be a joy to watch videos on and I spend a lot of time watching anime. Since I won't carry the laptop around, the size is a complete matter of indifference to me as far as portability goes.

I'm also never thought I would get a laptop so powerful. A quad core, even. Really, it's probably more than I need by a good bit and I would have happily scaled back to an i5 if that had been an option and it came with a commensurate drop in price. The dedicated graphics also mean that I might actually have the option to use my laptop for gaming. Sure, it's unlikely but at least now I'll have a machine that can actually run the newest and most graphic-intensive programs out there.

Overall, I'm still feeling sort of giddy about the purchase. It's a crapload of money and more then I've ever spent by a large amount, but the specs just sound wonderful. I can't wait until it gets here and I hope it lives up to my hopes.

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