I’m getting a laptop

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  1. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    After years of having to deal with desktops for a long time, I am finally getting a laptop on Sunday.

    Don’t know which brand I would like yet, but research will be done today to see which one will be chosen.
     
  2. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    Just don't count on a laptop being better. They all come with their own set of issues. The good thing is that you can easily take it with you.
     
  3. jkauff

    jkauff Putin-funded Forum Troll

    Location:
    Doylestown, PA
    Best of luck. I could never replace my fully-stuffed desktop with a laptop, but my wife is very happy with her Macbook Pro (I'm a Windows guy, but in general Apple laptops are in a class by themselves for quality). For my occasional need for a portable, I bought an Acer Chromebook for $199 at Best Buy that does everything I need in those situations.
     
  4. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Thank you.
     
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  5. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    New Hampshire
    My dad has no issues with his.
     
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  6. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    Good. But, with all those Windows 10 updates, something is bound to go wrong one of these days because the innards are more proprietary, and depending on the manufacturer, are harder to replace or service, should anything go wrong. You can run a desktop for years without problems. The one I have is almost ten years old with Windows 10 on it. Works great!

    A common I see is when people have problems with their computers, instead of getting the problem fixed by a professional, they just go out and buy a new one.
     
  7. macster

    macster Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Diego, Ca. USA
    Refurbish Surface Pro 3 I5 8GB ram 256 HD here. I purchased a refurbished (3?) years ago. At first I had it setup for the Windows 10 insider program (read constant updates) but after I took it and my desk (self built) off of the Insider program they both have been very stable and to the point actually being boring (as in nothing goes wrong for me to have to fix)/ All in all a very good experience.

    M~
     
  8. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    7 on mine Grant, adding components (psu/memory etc over the years has been easy and quite affordable) The only issue I think I have is if I want a better processor i'd have to switch out the motherboard.
    Not sure i'm ready to tackle that one yet :laugh:
     
  9. Carrman

    Carrman Active Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    OP, what are you looking to do with it?
    Email and music listening? Office work? Media editing? Audio processing?
    Depending on what your tasks are, you can figure out how much horsepower you need and maybe keep cost down.
     
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  10. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    I can upgrade my processor with my existing board, but there would be no benefit now.

    Switching out your motherboard is easy, as you know, but it's basically building a new computer. It's not cheap right now because you have to buy compatible RAM, and maybe a new GPU. But, I enjoy the building process.

    I just transferred my mobo into a new case along with a new power supply. It may as well have been un upgrade to me.
     
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  11. MYKE

    MYKE Baking The Cookies Of Discontent

    Don't slam it shut like they do in the movies !!!!
    It's BS, for dramatic effect.
    I've had one laptop, between desktops, and I really didn't even slam it, I closed it too quickly, and bam ! It was dead.
    Had to box it up, and send it back to Japan, where they fixed it under warranty, and shipped it back.
    When it died for good, a few years later, I went back to a desktop.
    Good luck.
    .
     
  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Got a used /year guarantee used MacBook Pro 2012 (non retina )DVD drive. ( recently ).Use my I-phone first then iPad, Macbook. :)
     
  13. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    I do not recommend buying a Mac if you are already into the Windows platform. There is a learning curve, and it will be a LOT more expensive. Even if you found one used for cheap, you will be spending money by buying needed accessories.
     
  14. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    New Hampshire
    I did consider getting a MacBook, but those were deemed too expensive.
     
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  15. Madness

    Madness Forum Resident

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    Maryland, USA
    THIS.
     
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  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Got my MacBook Pro for 340.00 ...I read up on them for 6 years :). Depends want you want to use them for. Think the cool thing comes into it as well, anytime I was in Starbucks everybody had one. I'm glad I got the 13" version as they are quite heavy..if your lugging them about all day in a backpack. I don't use the internet on it.
     
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  17. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

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    Washington, DC
    That's good, Mikaela. What is your price range? Will you be buying in a store or mail order?
     
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  18. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maryland, U.S.A.
    I have a Dell "Inspiron" that has worked well. - I use it more like a desktop, because that's pretty much where it stays...
    You may want to consider buying at Best Buy, and getting a "Geek Squad" service plan. Good insurance.
     
  19. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot not pepsi cola, more like holy water

    Location:
    Charlotte Area
    They are worth it for the add-ons. Most of the Windows lap tops now need a yearly subscription for word through 360 whatever it is and apple comes with word built in. Windows is also going to require a virus scan with yearly renewals and apple doesn't. Mrs. Marmot bought an apple and its a fine computer. She also has a laptop sporting the newest version of Windows 10 and it's nice, but there is a considerable difference between the two for user friendliness.

    We have had so many different Windows computers and know of people still using the same apple, for years, during that same time. They are so worth the extra money.
     
  20. Tartifless

    Tartifless Forum Resident

    Location:
    France
    My Asus ux31a is from 2012 and still performing great with the latest win10 upgrade
     
  21. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Ya, my daughter's MacBook pro is like 6 years old, and works fine. She wants a desktop (PC) now because she uses graphics programs that are thirsty.
     
  22. mantis4tons

    mantis4tons Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver, CO, USA
    The Dell XPS series is awesome. Great build quality.
     
  23. Tartifless

    Tartifless Forum Resident

    Location:
    France
    First question: what are your functional needs ?
     
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  24. jazon

    jazon Forum Resident

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    ottawa
    I got a mid-range Asus and I think its pretty good. about 1000 bucks or so.
     
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  25. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    That’s where it’s being purchased.
     
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