Laptop love

Laptop love

[caption id="attachment_155" align="alignright" width="346" caption="by Sam Greenhalgh"][/caption] I was so excited when I bought my first laptop. I hugged the box with glee and was more than excited to hammer away at the keyboard wherever I felt inspired to do so (I have done a lot of homework in bed). Shiny and smart, my laptop worked beautifully for months. I clicked away at coffee shops, the library, my couch, and the classroom. But then the love affair soured. It is now on life support. No longer is it a stand alone piece of equipment. It is constantly connected to the wall. It now must have a wifi adaptor stuck into it. All it is missing is a hospital bed. So, that is my sad story about my laptop and I want to give you some tips so you can avoid a similar situation. Not to mention figuring out what electronics to buy can be a total hassle. First, I highly recommend checking out Engadget's Back to School Guide, more specifically their Back to School Guide for laptops and netbooks. Engadget's Joanna Stern waded through all the products out there to find you a..."you know, a good performing and well-rounded machine is absolutely essential for those hours of Facebook stalking, err of homework and studying." Recognizing that, yes money is an object sometimes, most of Stern's recommendations are on the practical side. But she doesn't forget those of you who are more, um, financially taken care of shall we say. You can also check out Cnet's Back to School Gift Guide (cause apparently you aren't  going to buy it yourself). Each editor has chosen their top picks. If you are really REALLY into technology, Cnet is definitely a good source. Happy shopping!