My new computer came yesterday! My old one was almost 3 years old, and while it was still in working order, I decided it was time for a new one. Our law school has a zero tolerance policy during exams for technical difficulties, so if your computer freezes and you lose your work 2 hours into an exam, too bad. You don't get to make up the extra time. Knowing that, and knowing how many tics older computers seem to have, I took advantage of an HP sale and bought this new one. It's also 14 inches wide, compared to my old one's 17 inch-wide screen, so the new one is easier to cart around.
People have different preferences when it comes to laptops, and I got a lot of advice to buy a Mac or Dell. But I've had HPs all my life, and they've never given me any problems. I stuck with what I knew worked for me. It'll take a year or so to determine if I made the right choice, so we'll see.
The new one is also a lot prettier than my old one. Look at the cool design! I have to confess, that was a selling point. I am a girl, after all.