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Moms Hugs Nov 26, 2012, 12:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First I want to THANK Meats-of-Evil, Dr. Paz & Adam Kolak for their excellent advice! Now I'm ready to go shopping for a new laptop w/Win7, but would appreciate recommendations on the best "stuffings" & brands.

Budget: $400-500 range.
Usage: Online reading, videos/movies (incl DVD), typing documents/spreadsheets
Location: my lap (exclusively)

Brands recommended? Any others besides HP, Asus or Lenovo?

"Stuffings" recommended for my usage? Ex: AMD vs Intel, etc.

Thanks in advance. Hugs ~ Moms

PS: I am not a 'gamer-gal' - just an old gal who retired from a professional career & enjoys what the Internet has to offer a brain that must be 'fed' a daily diet. ;)






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Moms Hugs Nov 26, 2012, 04:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
Additional Info: I use a Verizon MiFi wireless modem exclusively (dl speed: 44mbs).
As for lap use: There's 3-fingers of space between laptop & thighs using narrow pillow across knees & front propped on tummy. Provides cooling space & works for me!

kOrny Nov 27, 2012, 12:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I would check out Acer. They are in your price range and have decent hardware. We used to sell and recommend them to clients at my old company.

Dr. Peaceful Nov 27, 2012, 11:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
One very critical factor you haven't specified: screen size. Nowadays laptops range from 10" to 18". The question is how portable you want your laptop to be? You mentioned above you want to watch DVD with the laptop, do you want a DVD drive to be included inside the laptop? Any laptop smaller than 12" or of ultra-thin form factor, most likely do not include an optical drive internally. For those you have to buy a separate USB optical drive for playing discs.

Another advice is if you want to use the laptop exclusively on your lap, you should at least use some kind of cooling pad to hold the laptop. A pillow actually traps heat, the reverse of cooling. Heat from laptop is not only bad for the durability of the computer hardware, but also bad for your health. It is known that prolong use of laptop on lap can reduce sperm counts in men.

Moms Hugs Nov 28, 2012, 03:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
Ah... thank you Dr. Paz for reminders...

Screen size: 14"
DVD optical drive: integrated inside
Keyboard: small w/ chiclet keys (no need for numerical side keys)

My thin board has a skinny pillow that lays on knees & front end parked on belly (one tiny advantage of my aging body). Since I'm an old GAL - not geezer - no worries about sperm count. :/

I clean my laptop, including air input/output, once a month. Like most motors - they work best if clean & maintained well.


Moms Hugs Nov 28, 2012, 04:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
Forgot to add: Verizon's MiFi is dl'g at speed of 54 Mbps (44 was typo).

NOTE: this article today gives me pause about buying Sony or Lenovo or any of the 7 computers mfg in China that were defendants in this lawsuit against China for a coordinated hack attack, which is settled after 3 yrs.

... suit also named seven big computer manufacturers, including Sony Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. (LNVGY), which the suit alleges had begun installing or distributing the software in the programís early phases.


Bloomberg: China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-27/china-mafia-style-hac...brink.html

Dr. Peaceful Nov 29, 2012, 08:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
Here's one choice. It's really a steal in price for a business grade laptop such as this. i3 processor with integrated graphics is not exactly top of the line, but good enough for everyday computing, consumes less power and generates less heat. The only drawback, it may be a tad bit heavy to carry. This includes Win7 Home Premium, you are probably eligible for free upgrade to Win8.
http://www.dell.com/us/soho/p/latitude-e5430/pd?oc=slctj1&...tude-e5430

Here's another choice, if you don't mind going a bit over your budget. About the same spec, with a bit better processor and a bit more RAM. Thinkpad usually tends to be lighter, but with the same toughness as Latitude. This comes with Win8 already.
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPort...Ldj6Gd14a8

Moms Hugs Jan 03, 2013, 09:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thank you Dr. Paz! Sorry to take so long to respond - Dec. was busy month. Prices should drop after the CES next week so plan to go shopping mid-month.

Dell: I had a Dell PC & then Dell outsourced tech support to India, which was terrible & then Dell outsourced sales, too - with similar communication problems. I bought a Toshiba laptop from Best Buy w/extended warranty - good thing because the harddrive croaked w/in 3 years.

Lenovo: IBM/China owns it & China has made out like bandits with huge inflows of US$ in trade & interest payments on US bonds. China built that 1500 mi. high-speed train with US bond interest alone. So... I don't send US$ to China if I can help it.

Aren't there any laptops made - or at least assembled - here in the old US of A?

Dr. Peaceful Jan 03, 2013, 11:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop Recommendations
99% of computer parts are manufactured elsewhere in the world, and majority are from China, even if the headquarter of the business is based in U.S. Many computer companies, not just Dell, out sourced their customer support divisions to India, including HP, Microsoft, etc. Laptops nowadays gets cheaper and cheaper, same time profit margins gets lower and lower, businesses have no choice but to cut cost by moving manufacturing and support to places where labors are cheaper. Same thing for cars, you can hardly find anything 100% U.S. made. Don't be surprised that a Toyota has more parts made here in U.S. than say a Chevrolet. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/06/r...OWrIawXiGg

So you're asking something partly impossible. If you really dislike China (the mainland), you can buy from Japan (Sony), Korea (Samsung), or Taiwan (Asus, Acer, MSI). Taiwan is technically a separate state from China, with their own government and military. Good to send cash their way for helping out the small island with their independence, though part of the manufacturing are still done in mainland China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_laptop_brands_and_manufacturers


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