So I Need Some Laptop Advice
The laptop I currently have is a Compaq Presario that I bought 8 years ago, and it probably wasn't new then; I have a feeling the store saw me coming, and pawned off something from the back room on me.
Computer-savvy I am not.
Anyhow, though I have this laptop, I rarely use it because it's gotten more and more awful over the years. Don't ask me the specs, I have no idea, but it's mind-numbingly slow and powerless -- it literally takes 10 minutes to go from being off to being on the Internet, and then freezes if you actually try to do much online.
It was fine for typing scripts on, but now it suddenly won't let me save anything onto disk. Plus it's so heavy, it's not really portable. It's a brick.
Long story short, I need to buy a brand new laptop.
So I'm looking through the Sunday circular ads out there, and it becomes clear that there's a wide range of laptops available, with price escalation largely due to memory size.
I don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a laptop, especially if I'm spending money on bells and whistles and excess memory I don't need. I have a regular computer (as balky and aging as it sometimes is), and all I need to do on the laptop is write screenplays, and maybe hop on the Internet now and then. Maybe carry it over to a coffee shop, and use it there. That's all.
I don't need to download videos or burn stuff or anything like that.
So how many gigabytes does my hard drive really need to be? 40? 60? 80? 100? 120?
How much memory do I really need? 128? 256?
Which brands are good? Which should I avoid with all desperation?
Give me some advice, horror stories, etc.