Yes they sure are few and far between!
As an article of photography for the enjoyment of the masses they fail almost every test.
The can have a nice "luminosity" if you will; sometimes almost like looking at reflector tape.
Unfortunately, seeing them is sometimes like trying to balance a jumping bean on your nose while standing on a bowling ball!
PS good luck with your (computer) recovery! Sounds like they should offer you a free year's subscription.