My old laptop from last year's poll had RAM and HDD upgrades I had done over the years. I also had to replace the keyboard. I found you really can do some upgrades and repairs yourself on a laptop that has been out of warranty for years. My other computers were desktops and servers.

Finally, a chip failed on the laptop's motherboard; therefore, I had an excuse to get a new one. I had been hoping for an excuse to get a new laptop with a quad-core, 8GB RAM, bigger display, and more HDD storage.

The new laptop is not very portable; however, I have other devices; such as, a mini-notebook and phone for my mobile needs.