My third laptop was the best without question. I bought a souped up Apple Macbook Pro in a cool silver finish with a processor so fast it gave me whiplash. I was supposed to share it with my boyfriend at the time who was going to Photoshop on it to his heart's content. But we broke up soon after the purchase and thankfully, I got the Macbook in the settlement. I just didn't have it for too long. Though I may still be paying it off on my Amex card.
After my fibromyalgia diagnosis, more chaotic carpal tunnel and chronic pains ensued in my upper body, and I was spurred on to replace my Mac with a desktop computer...and an ergonomic split-keyboard and a snazzy program that allowed me to talk while my computer typed, Dragon Naturally Speaking Software (for Windows only). And so my sister and I traded, my Mac for a new HP desktop, not a fair exchange by any means but one made for a future of better health. That HP desktop's taken good care of me but has slowly been degenerating lately: it won't burn DVDs, can't run more than a few programs without slowing to a crawl and announcing via pop-up warning "THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MEMORY TO RUN THIS PROGRAM" and of course, the CPU now purrs, whirring so loud when it's in use that it's often distracted my husband reading at his nearby desk. Yeah, no worries, I'm calling HP today. But considering that Consumer Reports rated their customer service the worst among the computer companies, I'm skeptical about the prognosis.