I Bought My Wife A Laptop From Costco: Here’s Her Reaction
If you regularly follow the Clever Dude, you know I have been upgrading my wife and I’s home office. For a little back story, for almost 15 years, I was an automotive mechanic. Thanks in large part to my wife, almost a year ago, I made the transition from Porsche mechanic to a full-time freelance writer. My wife is also a writer and we share an office.
Recently, I took stock of our working conditions and realized we were operating on severely outdated equipment. For my workstation, I chose the Corsair a7200 gaming desktop. My wife, on the other hand, loves to work in different rooms of our house. For that reason, she decided she wanted a laptop. In my search for my wife’s new machine, I decided to take my own advice and buy a laptop from Costco.
My wife is not particularly tech-savvy, so she left it up to me to pick out the laptop and all the peripherals she would need to have a nice office set up. Here is all the hardware I selected and what she thinks about it after a full week of use.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro16-inch Gaming Laptop
First up is the laptop. The one I selected is the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16-inch gaming laptop. This laptop has an Intel i7 11800H processor with 8-cores, 16 threads, and a boost clock of 4.65 GHz. On top of the onboard integrated graphics, her Legion 5 Pro is equipped with an Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card and 16g of DDR4 Ram.
To sum up the results of our lengthy interview, she was impressed with how fast it performed and how much easier it made her work projects. Before, she had just assumed our internet was terrible and wondered why we paid so much for it. Now, she realizes it was just her old arthritic laptop.
My wife said she is pleased with the gaming performance as well. Her main game at the moment is Elder Scrolls Online and she easily maintains above 60 fps in busy areas at 1440p high settings. When I purchased this laptop a little over a week ago it cost $1,099 but if you try and buy it today it will cost you $1,299.
Instead of just buying the laptop and calling it quits, I decided that it would be better for her to have a proper office set up instead of just a laptop on a desk covered in plants. The next quality of life improvement came in the form of an LG 32GN63T gaming monitor that I also picked up at Costco.
If you’re going to use an external monitor you’re going to need a keyboard and mouse. For these items, I went to my old friend Corsair. For the keyboard, I chose the Corsair K70 RGB and the Mouse, a Corsair Harpoon Wireless RGB gaming mouse. As it turned out, she loved the keyboard and didn’t like the mouse.
However, she did like my Corsair Wireless Katar mouse that I already had and I preferred the Harpoon so we switched them out.
All in all, we’re both happy with our home office upgrades so far. The next things to come are a new desk for me and a pair of new office chairs. So, check back over the next few weeks for more home office reviews.
Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.