It's the first time in 7 years. I got a new laptop - and it was no easy task trying to come up with an appropriate option. You see, I'm pretty picky about the technology I use and I want it to last a long time. After all, I DID have my last laptop for 7 years - and it still actually works quite well.
What I had before was a Lenovo Thinkpad X61 convertible tablet. For its day, it was a quite capable little device. Fairly lightweight, with the first generation of Core2 mobile chips, upgraded to 4gb of RAM and a 128gb SSD to make it quite fast - even running Windows 8.1 (update 1) with fast boot times and overall great performance. So why did I replace it? Well, the Thinkpad screens of this time period had issues with the adhesive that holds the screen cover on. The glue strip that sits beneath the bezel on it breaks down over time and seeps out of every opening on the front of the device as well as allows air bubbles to get under the glass that covers the LCD screen. There are a LOT of these bubbles on mine at this point, which is distracting. Also, since I do a lot with websites and graphics, I need the screen to look good and translate colors well, which this screen was no longer doing.