It’s been a year of upgrading computers like never before, I’ve never spent quite so much in one year. Thankfully I’ve on sold old machines to recoup costs, but you always lose some value when doing so.
I bought the Surface Pro 7 in late-September, knowing full well the 8 was just about to come out, but figured it would be sufficient for my needs. It was a good machine, however, memory limitations and lack of storage quickly became apparent, as did its processor just last week when running a Linux virtual machine, it was like molasses.
Initially I had gotten around the storage issue with an external solid state drive, however, I needed to remember to have it with me for apps loaded on to be accessible. So, I bought an expansion card in the form of an SDXC card that I could insert into the computer; not as quick, but convenient and doubling its storage capacity.
I couldn’t, however, get past the crippling speed issue. When running the Linux virtual machine recently it ran so slowly for some reason I could not do a single thing – it was the final straw. At lunch the next day I headed to a retailer and bought the Surface Pro 8 with 16 GB memory and the faster i7 processor. I kept the same 256GB storage though, to increase this was just horrendously expensive.
What a difference! I wish I’d just waited when buying the Surface Pro 7 and bought this to start with, it’s much faster, it’s screen is very nice. What isn’t nice is the fact I was forced to replace the pen and keyboard as well, at hundreds of dollars, which is disgusting for what these do, that is such a waste to not allow reuse. That said, the new flatter pen is really nice to hold and provides haptic feedback, plus it now charges in the keyboard. This is also a negative as I’m forced to snap it away from the screen to access the pen.
My impatience has proved costly with computing devices this past year, must learn to slow down for my wallet’s sake 😂 though be toys are cool.