Doing more research on laptops, I found an affordable laptop from Sony! The Vaio CR series is moderately sized (lightweight by normal laptop standards but about 1.5 times the weight of my previous laptop) and half the price of most other Sony laptops while still having pretty good specifications. It seems like I won’t have to abandon my loyalty toward Sony!
Even at an affordable price, though, buying a computer is never cheap. All the money I’ve made at Target over the last month isn’t enough, even for a Vaio CR. I know that my parents would buy my laptop for me, but I feel really bad that I can’t take the burden off their shoulders. It’s situations like this that make me very antsy to get my first professional job.