This is my workhorse primary computer -- the Toshiba P505. I bought this machine on October 22, 2009 and it's been in daily use since -- that's 4 years, 10 months, 20 days.
I've built several major websites with it. I've done dozens of technical and architectural drawings on it. I've created 3,622 Photoshop images. Created about thirty book covers. I've written twenty four short stories and two novels. I've published a newspaper using only it for two years. And, I've used it as a primary entertainment device to listen to music, play DVDs, stream movies, and watch hundreds of Blu-ray discs. The huge screen and excellent speakers truly make it an entertainment machine.
It came with Windows 7, which had never crashed or had any problems from the day I bought it. It has never had a virus or been infected by malware. I've only rebooted the machine when system updates required it.
And I paid $949 for it.
I'm mentioning my "machine" today because after nearly five years the time has come for me to replace the battery. A Toshiba brand replacement was $55 and arrived in three days. Replacing it took 15 seconds.
Is it as thin as a pencil? Nope. Is it as light as a feather? No. Is it "the latest thing"? Not even close. But is it a tremendously hard-working, revenue producing, reliable, unbeatable value? YES.
In a world where apple can announce a smartphone that is a little bigger, and a smartwatch that no-one wanted and get world attention, I wish that we could celebrate the hard-working devices that really make the world go round.
No one celebrates that refrigerator that works flawlessly for twenty years. No one seems to notice that a modern car can go 100,000 miles before it needs a tune-up. Maybe it's time we acknowledge and celebrate the value of tool rather than its trendy fashion aspects. #toshiba #valueformoney #sustainability #versatility