For the time being, I've reconsidered buying 'the' laptop ... returned this morning much to the dismay of the rental store folks... I'm sure they were hoping I would keep it and pay the ridiculous amount they wanted (more than $1300.00 over the term) ... If I wait (patiently and save my pennies), I can pick up the same (or similar size) around the holidays for 1/2 the cost. Anyway.... I'm still not sure about the Win8 operating system. It's definitely a new learning curve ... tho, I was able to make it work. Much prefer the Win7 operating system in my desktop.
What do I need a laptop for? The convenience of having it when I travel? I dunno...Why? As my sis would ask... (I'm sure I'm over thinking this, too...) I'll be travelling in a few weeks, I'd take it with me... but, there will be access to computers where I'm staying, (a houseful of them), so I won't loose anything in the travelling, (can't use it on the plane anyway). Yup, don't need it.
Instead? Perhaps an upgrade of my cell to a newer brighter style, maybe an iPhone 4s (or 5) or Samsung Galaxy S4? Each device will do what the laptop would accomplish in a smaller more confined space (tho both are pricey) .... and I'll still have the desktop for use at home when I'm not travelling. Then I wouldn't need the laptop at all until I'm ready to let go of the desktop.. I think I just had an AHAAA moment!
Off we go, in search of ....