Laptop Search 2012 continues (now with more Ivy Bridge!)

To keep up the tech side of things on the blog, I thought I’d post my progress on looking for a newer laptop. Now that Ivy Bridge-powered gear is finally being released, I’m ready to actually buy a replacement for this one (a three-year-old HP laptop that’s worked well, but I want something newer). So far, the main brands I’m considering are: Lenovo, particularly the IdeaPad line; HP; and Dell. The last one I’m more skittish about, given my negative experience with a refurbished Dell…

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