I feel very blessed that we have two computers in our home. When my husband and I were both in school, having to share one computer wasn't practical. We had different classes and assignments and most of what needed to be done required a computer. So we invested in our laptops and it has been great ever since. The laptops were cheaper than desktops and were easy for us to take to school when we needed to. We've had them now for over 3 years and they still run. Sure, we've had some ups and downs with them. My power cord has needed to be replaced, twice actually, which wasn't cheap. But despite the few things we've needed to replace/upgrade, it's cheaper than having to buy a new computer!