My co-worker, Grant, got a new laptop a couple months ago. He’s had some bad luck with machines breaking, and as a result, he got a Toshiba Portege Z30. I had the chance to see it last month in Washington DC, and it’s a nice machine. It’s got all of the things I like:
- Core i5
- thin and light (2.6lbs)
Those are really my requirements, but it goes a bit further. It’s got a nice touchscreen that looks great. It has a tiny AC adapter, along with a touch pointer in the keyboard. I went with a Lenovo last time mainly because of that little touch device that lets me use the mouse without moving my hands.
It’s about a pound lighter than my Lenovo, but with a better screen and about a pound less AC adapter weight. I thought, “that’s a nice machine, good for Grant.” I thought that I’d wait and see what was coming out in 2015 and if there might be a better tablet/convertible in the new year with 16GB of RAM.
Then my machine crashed.
It actually just died twice on the road trip and a couple more times at home. It would power off for no reason. Fortunately I had no corruption, but with this machine being a bit dated and having been on dozens of trips, it’s getting old. I was thinking of a replacement in 2015, and the crashes accelerated my timeline.
I like Grant’s machine, and it has the added bonus of us having the same hardware, which should make it easier for us to get support from each other and our IT group. I ordered one, and am hoping it will arrive in January in time to let me spend a few weeks with it before my trip to Germany.