It’s done. I actually spent the money to get it set up today. Otherwise, it would have been a week of messing with it. It’s not that I don’t know how. It’s that I didn’t want to do it again.
I can’t count the number of computers I’ve set up over the years. My own and other people’s computers. Hiring Jeremy got me three hours of his time (discounting chat time — we had to catch up) and he got done what would probably have taken me a week. He deleted all the usual junk they include which you’ll never use, loaded Photoshop and Chrome, reset any passwords I needed changed and before noon, I was up and running.
That left me with the unenviable task of adding documents and photographs. Documents are easy. They don’t take up much space and it’s just a single big download. I couldn’t load all my photographs unless I wanted my hard drive to be overloaded from day one. I finally settled for adding years 2020 through 2022 and a few small files mostly taken on vacations.
This machine is really fast. My previous computer was also fast, but this one is faster. Of course, that depends on what application you are using. Photoshop for example works at the same speed it always worked, but hopefully without crashing the computer daily. The problem is that nothing does the job of photographic processing better or even as well. Most of us put up with it because no one has come up with another application that is as non-destructive or as flexible. For me the most important aspect of Photoshop is that it doesn’t mess up your photos. I don’t use most of Photoshop because I usually don’t need it.
Back to the computer. It is 15.6″ with full HD, Intel 11th Gen i7 -1195G7 Processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphic on board, 32GB LPDDR4X 4266mhz RAM and a 1TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD for dependable storage. Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, two USB-A 3.2 ports, and a full-size HDMI port.
It was the most power I could afford and it only weighs 2.4 pounds — as opposed to the 7 pounds of my previous bowling ball. I keep picking it up and nearly dropping it because it’s lighter than my Mac Air. It also has a great battery.
I wanted a 2 TB hard drive, but I couldn’t find one that had the rest of the specs unless I had another couple of thousand dollars. Which I didn’t. As it is, I pretty much drained all the money we had so I wouldn’t have to buy this on credit. I have a lot of credit, but the problem with credit is you have to pay it back and it costs a lot more to repay it than you got when you borrowed it.
It’s also got a lot of military specs. It’s dust-proof, drop-resistant, water-proof, solid metal body. Good in heat and cold as well as sea air. It’s made by LG and it’s called a GRAM.
There’s nothing wrong with it except that they make you accept software I didn’t want, but that was the good part of getting it set up for me. He just removed all that crap, got Photoshop and Chrome set up in about a tenth of the time it would have taken me to do it. He also knew what was safe to delete and what had to stay, something I never know because they just don’t tell you. I don’t know how I feel about Windows 11 yet, but that’s not the fault of the computer. It’s just Microsoft being Microsoft. They’ve moved everything around so everything you know is there, just not where you figured it should be.
The keyboard has bigger keys, but it also has a calculator style keyboard, so the keyboard is pushed all the way to the left. If I was the typo Queen before, I’m going to be even worse now. It has a touch screen — which I disabled. I also disabled the touchpad. I can turn it on again if need be.
I bought a $10 Logitech mouse that will last for years because these simple devices are amazingly sturdy. I’ve been using Logitech mouses for decades and the only reason I replace them is when the feet fall off or the cover of the battery case finally breaks when you drop it for the two hundred and fifty-first time.
The computer is great.
I wish I could say the same for Amazon’s horrible service. They turned the week into total Hell for me. If you have physical disability issues and can’t, like me, get to the door in any reasonable time and need to get a machine without requiring a signature, don’t buy it through Amazon — unless you have someone who can collect it for you. In all the years I’ve worked with Amazon, I have never had such deplorable service. They should be ashamed of themselves.
I have never bought a “serious” computer from Amazon before. I’ve bought computer components and Kindles. Over a certain value, they absolutely are sure they have to have a signature and my pointing out that not only can’t I get to the door, but Garry simply can’t move that fast didn’t change their minds. They decided what I needed. The only reason we were able to collect it was because the Duke barked when the UPS truck passed the house and then backed up and came down the the driveway. By then Garry had managed to navigate at least one flight of stairs. He managed to get to the door before the guy left.
It was a very close call and I am still really pissed off about it. I’ll get over it, but for now, I’m mad as hell.
That being said? It’s a great computer. It’ll be even better if I ever figure out where the menus are in Windows 11.