I decided to roll the dice on a laptop described as simply "laptop"
from a seller with zero feedback.
Given that background, it's not entirely
surprising that the seller never accepted my payment or responded to my messages. I just hit the 30-day mark where Paypal automatically refunded my money.
At least they didn't take my money at all; that's considerably better than taking it and
not sending me the laptop.
Anyhow, it wasn't a great laptop anyway.
I went ahead and put Windows 10 on my Surface 3. I've been a little surprised by how janky the experience is; I thought the MS hardware/software integration would make for a much smoother UX, but I guess there's only so much you can do with a low-power processor and a touch UI bolted onto twenty years of legacy cruft.
Anyway, it'll run FF7, though it chokes a little on some of the spell animations (presumably because of the hi-res texture pack; I'm at least hoping
it wouldn't choke on the vanilla version of the game). The important thing is I got through the fucking snowfield without any crashes. Tempted to switch back to the other laptop now that I've done that.
I'd still like to get another laptop. Whether I still wanna go with a cheap Windows laptop or go for more of a midrange Linux laptop and put Windows on my Chromebook, I haven't decided yet.
I don't expect that's a decision I'll be making right away. November's the month when home insurance, car insurance, and property tax are all due at once.