Elizabeth – I had a Toshiba for years, and when it died in late 2019, I found they were no longer available. My husband talked me into an HP Pavilion because he has had one for years, but I couldn't find one locally that suited me. Then I looked on the HP website and found out I could specifically configure my own exactly as I wanted – 17" screen, large solid state hard drive for photos (and super fast), mid-range processor and memory – perfect! What we find in stores is either low-end for students, or high-end for gamers (and very expensive) – I ended up in between and am thrilled. Good battery life too – I can do 2-3 Zoom meetings back-to-back on one charge, so I can be outside, in the den, etc without dragging along a charger.
As for the watch, I have been very happy with the FitBit Charge 3, even moreso now that I replaced the ugly rubbery band with a nice rainbow fabric band for everyday and a gold-colored metal one for dress-up. Makes it look like a watch rather than a parolee-tracker bracelet! I was glad I purchased the extended warranty because the first one started to act up after 3 months, and FitBit replaced it immediately. This was a replacement for a 4 year old FitBit2 that quit synching and holding a charge. I see the Charge 4 is now less expensive, but I chose the Charge 3 because I try to never buy the newest tech – I let someone else suffer getting the bugs worked out. (By the way, my husband didn't like the price of my FitBit 2, so over the past 5 years, he has probably bought and discarded enough cheap trackers to pay for a Charge – I would keep that in mind and go from a specific recommendation if I was going that route.)
Have fun treating yourself! Last year, just before Covid, I bought a new sewing machine in my Texas home…boy was I glad – we made hundreds of masks and didn't have a bit of trouble. My friends with older machines spent as much time fiddling and adjusting as I did sewing. And it is light enough to stow easily in my tiny house there. So treating ourselves well can be yet another blessing.