I Badly Needed A New Laptop This Month

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4 months ago
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July 27, 2023.

I Badly Needed A New Laptop This Month and I need at least $500 to buy one!

Greetings my wonderful readers and friends!

I have had my laptop for about five years now. I was tight on cash at that time so I just bought a Lenovo laptop which cost less than PHP 20,000 or about $400. It's budget-friendly, but it is only powered by a Celeron processor.

A Celeron computer is good enough to do some basic office works like creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Anything more than that, the process gets too slow.

About three years, its performance started to degrade. It took more than three minutes to start sometimes five. Something is dragging the system down. There were times when it will not boot at all. I had to keep it plugged in for over a day before it starts. I speculated it was the hard drive.

I bought a new SSD drive online. It worked! Moreover, with the SSD drive, the boot time was reduced to less than 20 seconds.

Fast Forward To The Present

Since last year, I've been doing more than just basic documents and presentations lately. I started doing some graphic designs again. With the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.

I tried using my laptop at first. Inkscape is light enough to run smoothly even on a low-powered computer. Then again, Inkscape is great for creating vector graphics. For photo editing and other graphic design, I can only use my laptop for simple projects.

I bought a 10.4-inch tablet last year. The Huawei Matepad came with a keyboard and an active stylus. I was able to do some graphics. However, I encounter some difficulties when I use some online applications or platforms. Sometimes I have to send my work to my laptop, either directly or via the cloud, and upload it. Not a very efficient way to do my work.

Better Equipment, Better Efficiency

I plan to use the new laptop to earn more online and offline. Though I can use my old laptop and my tablet to create video tutorials and other content. It's just too slow. I also wanted to offer some services online.

If, or when rather, I have a new laptop, I can do my work and services more efficiently.

Looking For A Budget Friendly But Powerful Enough Laptop.

I love using my tablet. However, I need to be more efficient in my work. I need something with a more powerful processor and a bigger screen. I searched the web for some laptops under PHP 35,000. On the site:

10 Best Budget Laptop In the Philippines 2023

Number three caught my attention. The Huawei MateBook D15. Here are some of the specs:

  • Processor: 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7

  • Memory: 8GB/16 GB

  • Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD

  • Size: 15"

With the minimum specs, the price PHPis 27,999 (approximately $510), and it could go as high as PHP39,999 (approximately $727).

That being said, I need at least $500 to buy a new laptop that I need.

In Closing

At my current rate of earnings, I admit, it will be difficult for me to accumulate that amount in thirty days. Sadly my earnings from posting articles is far from enough. Perhaps, if by a miracle, the BCH price would skyrocket to at least $600 then probably I can buy the laptop right now.

Hopefully, I can find a way to earn the $600 in such a short time. For the meantime, I will do what I can with whatever I have right now.

Thanks for Reading.

Post No. 2023-39

Date Posted: July 27, 2023, Philippine Standard Time

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4 months ago
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Having a strong need for a new laptop this month reflects the significance of technology in our lives; careful planning and budgeting can help turn this necessity into a rewarding investment.

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3 months ago

Try to buy a laptop without a proprietary OS and with FreeDOS OS. It will make your laptop price less than the cost of the Windows OS, which is not less than $100. You can install GNU/Linux OS on the laptop.

You may also try to use a Raspberry Pi as an interim computer.

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4 months ago

That's a great idea.

However, as much as I wanted to use open Linux, my work environment is using nothing but Windows system. Although, I've been trying to coerce them to use Google Office Suite instead of MS Office. On the other hand... since I have used Linux before, I think I can find some ways to run Windows application on Linux when needed.

For sure though. I will install a Linux system on my old laptop. On the other hand, I haven't used any Linux system for years, I'm nost sure which to install. I'm thinking of using Mint or Ubuntu.... I'm also considering Chrome OS.


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3 months ago

GNU/Linux has been my primary OS since 1999. I have thrown away Windows since 2000. I use Debian GNU/Linux, the OS on which Ubuntu, Mint, and innumerable OSs are made. Libre Office (earlier OpenOffice) is quite mature now.

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3 months ago

Thanks... I think I will try Mint in one of the PCs in the school's computer lab before the classes start hehe. This will help me decide for sure.

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