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A Brand-New Dell Laptop for $248? Sold.

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

In my very first post I said that the day I ditch my desktop for a laptop, it will be a major victory for me. I was seriously considering doing this yesterday because I was so pleased with the way the blog has been progressing. Mostly the fact that I have been able to keep the commitment I made to myself of posting every day. I’d also had something happen at work which was a major relief for me and this further fueled my excitement. AND I got an e-mail from someone I met last year whom I feel very lucky to be connected to. I’ll tell you about her later. It was just a very good day in the life and I was riding high.

So I started looking around to see what kind of prices laptops were going for these days. I first looked at used laptops on Craigslist. Then I looked at the Fry’s website, and lo and behold they had a brand-new Dell laptop on sale for $248! Nice price! I looked around and found that I could get a refurbished laptop for less, one that had Windows 7, which I saw as a major plus, but I also looked at the reviews and ratings for this particular little $248 machine and of course price checked it against Amazon and a few others. I decided to go for it.

I knew that Windows 8 was going to be a challenge. It’s not that bad. It hasn’t taken me too long to figure out how to use it. I know that there is a lot more that it can do, and I will learn that in time, but I can get it to do what I need it to do for now and that’s the most important thing. So don’t be afraid of Windows 8.

I went to my favorite local watering hole to have a glass of wine and wait for the traffic to die down. Only one glass, of course. I was not going to drive all the way to Wilsonville and back with a buzz on. No thanks. It was Prime Rib Thursday at Yurs and a big plate full of beef and asparagus sounded like a great way to continue the celebration of the day. I had to skip the mashed potatoes due to my diet. Sacrifices.

I got to Fry’s and discovered that the laptop did not have a microphone input. I wanted to be able to use voice recognition software on this laptop to assist me with my bloggings. I found out I could buy a USB headset and use that, but the least expensive set they had at Fry’s was $36. I decided to wait on that. But I did buy a laptop sleeve for $4.99! I’m a pretty frugal fellow, you see. I like to save my money for traveling. And this purchase is going to take a bite out of my budget, so I’m going to have to make up for it some other way.

I got the laptop home last night and unpacked it right away. Not having much experience with Windows 8, it took me awhile to figure out where everything was. I looked for the Microsoft speech recognition program, but couldn’t find it. I found a similar program through the apps store that is so easily accessible on Windows 8, including a free one that was offered by SpeechTrans.  I downloaded it but couldn’t get the program to launch. It was asking for my username and password. So I went on to their web site and registered. After I finally got my username, I still couldn’t get the program to launch. So I downloaded another, similar SpeechTrans program…same problem. Neither program would recognize my registered username and password. I probably spent an hour and a half last night trying to get either of these programs to launch for me with no success. Luckily, this morning I found the Microsoft speech recognition program, which I am using now. Sorry, SpeechTrans. I don’t need you. Thanks for wasting my time.

I ran out and got a USB headset on my lunch hour today, so now I’m all situated nice. I had a great experience at Target, believe it or not, which I will tell you about later.

One of the things I am excited about the most is being able to use my TV as a monitor with this laptop. Talk about easy setup…I just took the HDMI cable from out of my cable box and plugged it into my laptop and that was it! And the wireless on this laptop works so much better than the old Vista hand-me-down PC I had been using to stream BFMTV and soccer games on my TV. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

Oh, did you want to get one? $248 for a brand-new Laptop, let alone a Dell, is a screamin’ deal. Obviously, this is no supersonic machine. I’m not going to be flying to the Moon on it or driving one of the Mars Exploration Rovers around with it. But it’s pretty sweet for an entry-level laptop.

I don’t know where you can get one for $248, but I do know where you can get one for $249.99 – at least at the time of this posting. Free shipping, too. Believe it or not, that’s the price that Dell is selling these laptops for on their website right now. Here’s the link.

You’re welcome 😉

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