So... Tuesday night we took back the HP All-In-One computer we bought a couple weeks ago and exchanged it for another Lenovo Ideapad (pictured here). You can read about the HP purchase here, but basically it was just too darn slow for us. It wouldn't play Youtube videos straight through, and even struggled with Pandora radio.
Fortunately Best Buy has a great return policy. They give you 30 days to return it, no questions asked. Plus we had used a $30 coupon on the HP, and they let us use it on the Lenovo instead. So it only cost us $60 more for the Lenovo than the HP, and it's a way more powerful machine. The Lenovo has an i5 processor, 6 GB DDR3 memory, and 750 GB hard drive storage. The only complaint I've heard about it is that the keyboard isn't backlit. That's not a real problem for me.
To top things off, this is the exact same Lenovo that I bought for my office just before Thanksgiving, but when we bought the other one it was $599. The price has since dropped to $559. And with the coupon that meant it only cost us $529. So I guess it was a good thing we waited.
I have finally started to get used to Windows 8 for day-to-day usage - I basically just keep it on the desktop. It still takes me awhile to maneuver through the control panel and things like that, but I'm sure it will just take time to get used to. For the record though, I hate Windows 8. If I wanted a tablet I'd get a tablet. Wait... I do have a tablet! I want a computer.
I do kind of miss the monitor size of the HP (20"), and I liked not having to have anything else taking up physical space on the desk.... but that too is minor compared to having a good working computer.
And, again, my hats off to Best Buy. A great return policy, and we've always had good customer service. Although I will say, their sales staff has really seemed lacking as of late. We finally had to go look for someone to help us get this computer off the shelf. We had the same problem when we bought the HP.
So, there ya go. Peace out; and in.