When my feet are off the road
Late last year I reckoned I'd better do a full test of a Lenovo laptop that I had bought. The thing sat around for nearly a year without any major use. When it was brought into play, I went online using my ethernet cable. Doing a test with Wifi and it broke. Several things were tried, including a complete re-install of the software, but no, the Wifi was dead. That meant the thing was totally useless on the road and it got trashed. A laptop is much better than a tablet, so I looked around for a decent used one that had a good warranty.
Rather than just go for anywhere, I spent some time browsing sites that sell refurbished laptops. Several were found, but nothing seemed to fit what I wanted. Finally a site with the kind of name I would normally avoid, had some cheap laptops, with a one year warranty and enough reviews (like several hundred) which were not the normal "great" or "fits the bill" rubbish statements. I need something around 12-13 inches, tough and preferably with a spill proof keyboard.
An HP 2540p was found and with a solid state drive (boots faster) and military spec (tough) at a decent price. It took a week to arrive and once the box was opened didn't look right the keyboard was not spill proof. I figured, maybe this is a typical UK sub-standard version and played around with for a while to make sure everything worked. Then I slid the battery out, only to find it was a 2560p, not 2540p. I called dealer, explained what I needed and why. They said the correct one would arrive and the first one picked up, in a week. That happened.
Is it any good?It works. The keyboard is American and I'm used to the British, but can adapt. The rest, I'll just Black Viper it. Since I will only be using it on the road, I reckon it will just have to do. I've installed my software okay. From there on.....
Mar 20, 2020
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