Tuesday, 1 January 2008
|1557 - Two birds with one stone|
Part of getting an airplane is picking which one to get. Just like you shouldn't buy a monitor without looking at one in person, and you shouldn't buy a camera or a gun without holding it in your hands, you shouldn't buy an aircraft without getting in and seeing how well you fit.
I'd planned to do that in July, at the EAA AirVenture show, but as I was poking around the net, another opportunity presented itself: the US Sport Aviation Expo, January 17-20. I'm working through Friday of that week, but I can get to the expo Saturday and Sunday, so I will.
It's also not too far from Orlando, so I'll go from the Expo to the Funday Pawpet Show, and do that that Sunday evening, before flying out Monday to go back to work.
It's nice to be able to get two things in one trip like that.
current mood: pleased
I always buy monitors without seeing them in person. The one I currently have I've used for the last eight years. The same goes for my camera, which is four years old. Sometimes, it's just about making sure it is a good deal, the price is right, and it can be returned if there is a problem.
Sorry, but I can't see uying a monitor without looking at it. You're going to stare at the thing for hours on end. If you wind up with one you can't stand to stare at, where does that leave you?
The same thing goes for a camera: if it does not feel good in your hand, you won't make good pictures with it. Yeah, you can return it (and take the restocking fee hit, which can easily break $100 on a modest DSLR), but better to just go handle the thing first.
But you don't look at the monitor, you look at the screen. So long as you know the specifications, the color, etc. and that it is up to snuff with a warranty, I don't see why you'd need to see it in person. For a high-quality camera, I agree. A better comparison might be buying a car, though?
The screens on different monitors look different. Yes, you're looking at the screen, but that's what you need to look at before you buy. The specs don't tell the whole story.
I work at about six computers or more on any given day. All with an assortment of different monitors. There is nothing very different about any one monitor. Do you sit in the driver's seat of a car and stare at the window for a while?
It's too bad that personal airplanes aren't as ubiquitous as cars. You should probably add computer keyboards (especially if they're part of a laptop) to the list of things that must be felt before buying.
By the way, those new Apple keyboards feel amazing, even if they look like Chiclets.