Response to the comments:
Thank you all for that well-reasoned, insightful, congenial and thought-provoking discussion. It is much appreciated. As you may be able to gather it’s pretty much like doing internet research. For every pro there is a con. In any event the deed is done. I decided it was time for a wholesale change. It’s a Mac. For about what I paid for this crappy HP I’d have a really slick I Mac. I talked to the rep and he walked me through everything. Answered all my questions and as if I was talking to a snooty Frenchman couldn’t care less if I bought the damn thing.
The tech support was the deal breaker. The thought of wasting any more of my life talking with Pradesh in Punjab sent a chill up my spine. Everything I know about HP, Dell, Gateway and Microsoft says if you have a problem…rotsa ruck fella. I am “warrantied” up on this Mac so if there is a problem, it’s on. But quite honestly I have never actually heard anything bad about Macs, at least anything that goes beyond personal opinion. Lots of people don’t like them but the components are quality and the specs first-rate. That’s concrete fact. So in the end bad experiences with PC’s have forced me to go to their competition. A customer is yours to either keep or lose. In PC land, they lost me. Stay tuned.