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Black Friday Shopping For A New Business Laptop


It’s almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means. It’s a great time to buy new electronics! I have been good all year and didn’t buy anything new (unless we really needed it, of course). I do have a Black Friday wish list though and it begins with a new laptop for our chief editor, Mrs. RB40.

Old laptops suck

Mrs. RB40’s laptop was purchased in 2007 and that is ancient for a laptop. It’s still working fine in general, but I hate using it. I usually work on my 2011 Lenovo laptop, but sometimes I use her laptop because it is close at hand. It’s such a huge bother to use it. It takes forever to boot up and load Windows VISTA(!). I can’t have too many windows open because it only has 2GB of memory. The disk drive is nearly full which slows everything down. I just deleted a bunch of files and that should help a little.  I know I sound like I’m just complaining, but it’s just much slower than my laptop and I don’t like using it at all.

I upgraded her CPU and RAM in 2009 and it helped, but now it’s just very sluggish. Another thing I don’t like about it is the weight.  At five and a half pounds, it’s just too heavy to lug around and it’s mostly sitting in the kitchen table now. The battery is also shot so the power cord is continuously plugged in.

Shiny new laptops are very tempting

new ultrabook shopping laptop black fridayThe latest PC laptops are looking quite nice. The new Ultrabook laptops are particularly attractive and drool worthy. These new laptops are thin and weight around 4 pounds. The battery is supposed to last at least 5 hours. Best of all, the price is finally starting to come down. Last year, these thin and light laptops had cost over $1,000, but this year I can see some models around $500! That is much more within my price range and I’m sure the price will come down even further for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.

Mrs. RB40 uses the laptop to edit our website, surf the web, stream TV shows, occasionally play online games, check e-mail and write. This is light usage and I think a budget laptop will suit her needs. I also want to borrow it when I go to work at the library. A lighter laptop would be awesome. 🙂

 Shopping Tips

When I’m shopping for a laptop, the first place I check is Techbargains.com. This is a great site to see all the tech gadgets deals of the day. I used to check Techbargains every day just to see what’s on sale (many of my nerdy friends do the same when they’re at work.) I don’t do that anymore though because there are just too many cool things to buy. Now I only check when I need to buy something. I don’t have much spare time these days and shopping online can take up a huge amount of time. Early retirement and the lack of a regular paycheck really put a crimp on the whole gadget shopping experience.

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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he hated the corporate BS. He left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. At Retire by 40, Joe focuses on financial independence, early retirement, investing, saving, and passive income.

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  • Mike November 12, 2012, 5:13 am

    I’m in the same boat as well. I’m looking to replace my used Macbook that I got since it’s starting to show it’s age a lot. I hope that you write about the laptop that you choose since I might be interested in a similar model!

    • retirebyforty November 12, 2012, 8:58 am

      I’ll definitely write a review if I can find a bargain. 🙂

  • Budget and the Beach November 12, 2012, 7:06 am

    I’ve been drooling over getting an ipad or mini. I keep thinking prices will drop drastically for resale items, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I just can’t justify buying one anyway. The only thing I’d buy right now are hardware items relating to my editing business, so if my macbook pro every crapped out, I’d have to get a new mac. $$$

  • FI Fighter November 12, 2012, 7:39 am

    The new ultrabooks do look very sleek! I have also been using an outdated laptop, one that I got in 2004 and still has the original Centrino processor! I think it’s about time I upgraded as well.

    I guess that means you’ll be jumping on board with Windows 8? I’ve read mixed reviews, but I’m sure it’s gotta be better than Vista. Even XP is starting to feel long in the tooth.

    • retirebyforty November 12, 2012, 9:00 am

      I haven’t looked much into Windows 8. Are they on all new laptops now? I’ll check it out.
      Another option is to install windows 7 on the old laptop to see if it will improve. I’ll do that first before buying a new laptop.

      • jim November 12, 2012, 2:00 pm

        There are still a lot of laptops on the market running Windows 7. About 3/4 of the laptops on Newegg have Win7. Bigger OEMs like Dell seem to be switching to Win8 faster, there only about 1/4 are Win7. I’m not sure if Microsoft forces a hard switch for OEMs or what…

  • Lance @ Money Life and More November 12, 2012, 8:10 am

    While I think it’d be awesome to have a new laptop my current one is only 3.5 years old and works fine once it is started up. Maybe in another couple years I’ll get a new one.

    • retirebyforty November 12, 2012, 9:01 am

      The new ultrabooks are pretty awesome. The SSD hard drive speed up the whole platform. I’ve been waiting for a nice affordable thin and light laptop for a long time too.

  • Crystal @ Get A Copywriter November 12, 2012, 11:05 am

    My laptop needs a new battery and power cord badly, but it is also 3-4 years old and I figure I’ll need to replace it soon. But this Black Friday will be for our new media room projector and screen. I’ll look into new laptops next year most likely. Good luck!

    • retirebyforty November 13, 2012, 2:49 pm

      Projector and screen are nice! They’ll make your movie experience much more fun.

  • Savvy Scot November 12, 2012, 2:57 pm

    So many people are giving away iPad Minis just now!! I WANT ONE!!!!

    • retirebyforty November 13, 2012, 2:51 pm

      I want one too, but not enough to pay $329 for it. 🙂

  • RichUncle EL November 13, 2012, 7:20 am

    I got a new laptop this year and it is super fast, but I understand how you feel and I dealt with a very slow PC for a whole year. Imagine wanting to write a new post and waiting for 20 min for the Laptop to load. Not a good experience. It was a very old gateway and now I have a 2011 toshiba.

    • RichUncle EL November 13, 2012, 7:21 am

      What is your black friday wish list? Would be nice to see.

    • retirebyforty November 13, 2012, 2:52 pm

      At least my laptop is pretty updated. Mrs. RB40 can probably wait a year for a laptop, but we’ll see. If I buy one this year, I can write it off against the blog income…

  • Alexis Marlons November 13, 2012, 10:12 am

    I bought an HP netbook 3 years ago because it’s portable, and I am not a power user so I told myself it will do. But now I am thinking of buying a laptop, and honestly I’m not knowledgeable when it comes to specs. Suggestions, anyone?

  • Thomas S. Moore November 13, 2012, 11:04 am

    Laptops seem to slow down the minute you see the news they bring out. I try to keep mine until it just dies on me and there is nothing I can do to bring it back. I like getting the refurbished ones from Apple since I use a Mac. To be honest you can find some really good deals. Black Friday is just going to be a mess I choose to stay indoors and eat leftovers.

  • Sin Camisa November 13, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Best buy is having a 4gb memory, 500g hard disc for $349 (on black friday).

    • retirebyforty November 13, 2012, 9:35 pm

      That’s pretty good, but I need a light laptop so I can lug it around. This one seems pretty heavy. I’ll drop by Best Buy to check it out. I need to get a new mouse anyway. Thanks!

    • Marie at Family Money Values November 15, 2012, 8:49 am

      I need that, where did you see the ad for it? Our old desktop is losing its mind and parts of its body. I’d like a desktop, but would settle for a laptop as I’m looking to buy for under $350.

      • retirebyforty November 15, 2012, 1:04 pm

        You can search for Best Buy Black Friday. Or follow this link.
        I’m sure you can find a desktop under $350. Keep checking the Black Friday deals. Good luck!

  • Jeff Diercks November 15, 2012, 5:59 pm

    I was recently in Birmingham for my father’s heart surgery and both my mother and brother pulled out ipads while we waited for news on the surgery. Not only did their ipads start up faster, but their battery life beat the crap out of my heavy Dell Inspiron. which was fully drained of power in less than 3 hours.

    I like you came back with a major desire for a new note pad to replace my heavy. older laptop. I wonder how the new Windows 8 note pad computers will test out vs. the ipods. I am thinking it might be a good option.

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