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Author Topic: Tech: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?  (Read 7994 times)

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #30 on: July 30, 2011, 06:47:39 pm »
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Back to the original post, what are you looking at using the computer for and do you want portability and how often?  I have a wonderful ASUS gaming laptop with the best of everything I could afford, but it's heavy and I wouldn't want to carry it around on my shoulder all day.


Thanks for the reply, Ejay! :)

It will be primarily for school (college) and it would have be very portable, as I assume I will be using it in several classes throughout the week.

I'd love a gaming laptop, but those are very pricey. :) Besides, I already have a desktop that I game on, so it's no big loss to me.

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But are you looking for internet, word-processing, video/picture editing, etc.?


Internet and word-processing, primarily.

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Something you may want to consider is a tablet.  For my birthday, my hubby let me choose which tablet I want and I'm going to get the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer--it's docking station is a keyboard that adds up to 16 extra hours of battery life.  And depending what you want a laptop for, this could be everything you need.


Tablets are a no. Actually about a week after I made this thread, I got my papers from the college giving me more information, and they gave us a list of what the computers need, and what they won't accept (because they need to install the software on our laptops). That included tablets, netbooks (I wonder why? There are a number out there that are quite powerful), and Apple computers.

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As far as brands go, I would NOT buy a Dell!  They make up the vast majority of the computers that come my way.  My favorite is HP and would put Acer second.  (ASUS has become my number one high-end gamer system, tho.)  And definitely go with Windows 7--it's a good stable OS once you tweak it your way.


You're honestly the first person who has recommended HP to me first over-all. XD And to not recommend a Dell!

(And oh yes, I'll be getting Win 7. I "have" to. :P)

Thank you for your advice, Ejay. :)
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2011, 08:22:24 pm »
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Thanks for the reply, Ejay! :)

Tablets are a no. Actually about a week after I made this thread, I got my papers from the college giving me more information, and they gave us a list of what the computers need, and what they won't accept (because they need to install the software on our laptops). That included tablets, netbooks (I wonder why? There are a number out there that are quite powerful), and Apple computers.

You're honestly the first person who has recommended HP to me first over-all. XD And to not recommend a Dell!

(And oh yes, I'll be getting Win 7. I "have" to. :P)

Thank you for your advice, Ejay. :)

 
Your college is probably making general specifications.  Their programs require Windows 7 apparently, and they don't want to give the whole techie list of what will run 7 and be compatible with their software.

As you said, there are some powerful netbooks and a couple tablets (HP included) that are using 7.  Again, I just think your school doesn't want to have to research every device on the market, then get busted because someone yelled, "But you never SAID...."

Get a light laptop, then, and max out your memory and graphics, if nothing else.

And good luck in school!  What are you taking, if I may ask?  I would've LOVED to have had a computer for my classes... but I may still get that chance.  My BS is in biology, but I'd like to go back and get my master's in software engineering.

First, I'll have to study again for that darn GRE! XD

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2011, 08:34:30 pm »
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Your college is probably making general specifications.  Their programs require Windows 7 apparently, and they don't want to give the whole techie list of what will run 7 and be compatible with their software.


That was my thought as well. However most of their specifications I was going to do anyways, so it's no skin off my back. :)

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Get a light laptop, then, and max out your memory and graphics, if nothing else.


/nods/ Will do. My only worry is figuring out HOW to do so. Would I just go to a computer store (I'm thinking independent chains, rather than Future Shop, et al.) and say "MOAR RAM!"? I'm used to the idea that laptops come completely integrated (you should've seen my face the day they told me I couldn't change out my graphics card on my old Acer, which prevented me from playing Guild Wars on it) that it's sort of hard to do, and depends on how the laptop is built.

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And good luck in school!  What are you taking, if I may ask?

 
Thanks! :) The (two year) course I'm taking is called Library Information and Technology. Technically I won't be a librarian, but rather a 'library technician', something like an assistant. :) I can also use my two years towards a B.A. in Communicative Arts (I think it's called) with another university, should I decide to "upgrade" and try to become an actual librarian (which requires a B.A., then a Master's).

I've actually been out of school for almost three years now, so it'll be a bit weird to adjust again. :) Plus I've never really used laptops in school before, so that'll be weird as well.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2011, 08:49:22 pm »
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/nods/ Will do. My only worry is figuring out HOW to do so. Would I just go to a computer store (I'm thinking independent chains, rather than Future Shop, et al.) and say "MOAR RAM!"? I'm used to the idea that laptops come completely integrated (you should've seen my face the day they told me I couldn't change out my graphics card on my old Acer, which prevented me from playing Guild Wars on it) that it's sort of hard to do, and depends on how the laptop is built.


That's where you'll have to do some research on your own, but memory is cheap these days, so don't buy one based on that--just make sure you can upgrade it to where you want it.  The graphics cards (and cpu, obviously) are often proprietary to the motherboard and can't be upgraded, so research that for what you'll need.  Librarian studies shouldn't be hugely graphics intensive, I wouldn't think, but I still like the capability myself.
 
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Thanks! :) The (two year) course I'm taking is called Library Information and Technology. Technically I won't be a librarian, but rather a 'library technician', something like an assistant. :) I can also use my two years towards a B.A. in Communicative Arts (I think it's called) with another university, should I decide to "upgrade" and try to become an actual librarian (which requires a B.A., then a Master's).


I have a friend who's a librarian and loves it!  In my next life, I wouldn't turn it down!! :)  To be around books all day and get to learn a lot about a lot while helping others--sounds like my life's job description!

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I've actually been out of school for almost three years now, so it'll be a bit weird to adjust again. :) Plus I've never really used laptops in school before, so that'll be weird as well.


I've been out of school since 1990, so I've got you beat there as far as adjusting.  Maybe I'll just have them all call me "Nana."  But they'll be calling me something else entirely when I wreck the grade curve!! :p

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #34 on: July 30, 2011, 10:21:53 pm »
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You're honestly the first person who has recommended HP to me first over-all. XD And to not recommend a Dell!

I've had good luck with HPs (and Compaqs which are made by HP) and definitely do not recommend Dells.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #35 on: July 30, 2011, 11:22:21 pm »
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They had Win2000 at the time. There was no excuse for ME.


Windows ME was supposed to streamline everything and cut the clutter.  What they cut was the usability.

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I am sticking with XP for as long as I can hold out. Somehow the last software advancements on basically anything (OS, mail clients, Office, browsers, ftp programs, instant messaging, mp3- and media players, photo editing) have just not brought me anything I like, only more annoyance*. And it's made my laptop (10 years old) too slow for, well, the exact same things that it could do perfectly fine 10 years ago.


***big smiles!!***  I love this post because it brings out my own inner gramma!  I truly mean no offense on this because I relate, but re-read this last paragraph as if a 92-year-old woman was brandishing a cane at all the young whipper-snappers around her!  I couldn't write better dialogue!

That being said, I can refurbish a 2-year old computer to make it usable.  I'll take a 4-year old computer and make it a doorstop.  The 10-year old computer becomes my newest boat anchor.

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2011, 06:01:09 am »
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/nods/ Will do. My only worry is figuring out HOW to do so. Would I just go to a computer store (I'm thinking independent chains, rather than Future Shop, et al.) and say "MOAR RAM!"? I'm used to the idea that laptops come completely integrated


Either they just have a few different packages of basically the same laptop but variation in processor speed / ram / hard drive space, or they assemble them in factory from a few different options.
(When I ordered mine I could chose between two or three processor speeds, extra ram and three options for hard drive sizes - the bigger of course for extra money.)
So I think you go to the store, explain what you want, and either they just have a decent combination, or they order it and you can have it a week later or something like that.

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2011, 07:06:10 am »
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but re-read this last paragraph as if a 92-year-old woman was brandishing a cane at all the young whipper-snappers around her!  I couldn't write better dialogue!


I know, I kinda was aware of that myself :D The even funnier thing is that I am an IT professional. (Or maybe that explains part of it. After all, many programmers think Vi is the best program ever, and are really fond of 16-color palette consoles. (Btw, not me. So I'm considered not a Real Programmer. (But, I should at least qualify as geek, with the habit to nest my parenthesis.)))

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2011, 04:44:21 am »
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I know, I kinda was aware of that myself :D The even funnier thing is that I am an IT professional. (Or maybe that explains part of it. After all, many programmers think Vi is the best program ever, and are really fond of 16-color palette consoles. (Btw, not me. So I'm considered not a Real Programmer. (But, I should at least qualify as geek, with the habit to nest my parenthesis.)))

 
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #39 on: August 02, 2011, 06:13:33 pm »
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I've actually been out of school for almost three years now, so it'll be a bit weird to adjust again. :) Plus I've never really used laptops in school before, so that'll be weird as well.

 
Just found this article on back-to-school notebooks. Maybe that will help.....
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2011, 06:30:51 pm »
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Just found this article on back-to-school notebooks. Maybe that will help.....

 
Thanks, Victoreia! :) /goes to look/
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