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    Default Dear Everyone. I need a new laptop and Marc is gone to Heaven

    My sturdy HP 4530 is a horse. It is also old. Marc Beland told me that it would last another 5 years if I kept it clean.
    I have done so as per his instructions, but memory is getting low and I really would like to get something newer, and lighter.

    I do not play games, download movies or other stuff. I read news. I write stuff. I save pictures and screen shots,. I save almost all of my mail. I do not Skype, or do much Facebook or Tweeter.

    Marc changed my keyboard once because the letters were so worn out you could no longer distinguish them. I have worn a hole in my mousepad, and removed the paint from the left key...I use it a good bit but not as much as before.

    So...all that said, what is the best bang for the buck? Marc used to take part in on-line auctions early in the a.m. Does anyone know about those sites? (Yeah, I know: Look them up yourself dumbn*t.)

    Any and all help is to be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks ahead of time.

    Cordially,

    H
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    Maybe you could call HP and talk to them... or any other brand you like.

    They have specialists to match products to customers

    Companies like Best Buy in the US do the same and have Price Match guarantees....everything.

    HP, ASUS, DELL... long list

    But certainly... specials this time of year

    A daunting task HB... but not insurmountable

    Merry Christmas & happy shopping !!

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    miesposo is a bit of a geek. he's asking if you do not mind refurbished machine? how much do you want to spend? what size screen? he can look up some deals for you and i will drop you a PM with few links.
    his advice is dell latitude or lenovo thinkpad, they are sturdy and made to last.
    i have refurbished dell latitude E5440, it was under 200 bucks, he changed the hard drive to further improve the performance. no complaints so far. my use it pretty much like yours. internet, reading, writing. no games, movies, videos.

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    Luis; I went with this for my Nephew for Christmas Certainly enough (Maybe too much but as they say buy as much as you can afford) power for everything this side of heavy gaming or video editing https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/sh...top/dncwwc111h

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    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-...?skuId=6266400

    For $209 this Lenovo laptop will do what you want and last a long time. Even has an HDMI port that you can link to your TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IslandDreaming View Post
    Luis; I went with this for my Nephew for Christmas Certainly enough (Maybe too much but as they say buy as much as you can afford) power for everything this side of heavy gaming or video editing https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/sh...top/dncwwc111h
    http://bestreviews.com/best-dell-laptops Can't go wrong with Dell, although I find ASUS lighter usually. The site I posted will help find the laptop suited to a person's needs.

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    Some good suggestions so far. One thing I would like to add is beware a lot of the newer laptops only come with a SSD (solid state drive). The reasoning I believe for this is there is an assumption you will be storing your files in the clouds. Personally I am not a big fan of this set-up and much prefer the laptop to have dual drives. A SSD for storing my programs and a HDD for storing my data.

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    Hi Hillbilly,

    I would go this route if you can afford it:

    1. A very light laptop for taking places and carrying into different rooms around the house, patio, or outdoors, etc.

    ...and add this:

    2. A second, full blown computer with a large hard drive, fast chip, etc.--mated to a 27-inch monitor for doing everything else.


    This is the set-up that has worked best for me. Next to my bed, i have a stationary computer attached to a 27-inch monitor. the monitor allows you to easily see photos, videos, read news, watch porn, email, etc. A 27-inch monitor today can be had for $115...maybe less. they're fantastic, and once you get used to reading news and seeing photos on a huge screen, you will never, ever want to go back to a small laptop screen. Trust me. When the letters are as big as your hand, you will never want a small screen again. This is true for looking at photos, videos, bikinis, etc. A large monitor is the way to go.

    For a smaller laptop that is light and powerful, i got hooked on Microsoft Surface Pro's years ago, but many others are just as good. One word of advice" Buy directly from the company (Microsoft in my case) and buy the protective insurance for it. That way, if you ever damage the keyboard, screen, etc, they will replace it--no questions asked!! (I've done it several times. You break the screen over and over and they will replace the entire laptop. I think Microsoft charges $139 for this insurance).

    Small laptops are easy to drop. the screens have a way of breaking once they hit the ground or are thrown across the room like a Frisbee. If you buy the protective insurance, they take care of it for you. End of story. My surface pro only weighs 1.7lbs and is faster and more powerful than some full-blown computers (It depends on which version you require; i do a lot of video editing, but as you already mentioned you do not).

    Some people are PC/Windows fans, others are Apple/Mac fans. I don't think there is much difference these days, so go with what you know.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank12 View Post
    Hi Hillbilly,

    I would go this route if you can afford it:

    1. A very light laptop for taking places and carrying into different rooms around the house, patio, or outdoors, etc.

    ...and add this:

    2. A second, full blown computer with a large hard drive, fast chip, etc.--mated to a 27-inch monitor for doing everything else.


    This is the set-up that has worked best for me. Next to my bed, i have a stationary computer attached to a 27-inch monitor. the monitor allows you to easily see photos, videos, read news, watch porn, email, etc. A 27-inch monitor today can be had for $115...maybe less. they're fantastic, and once you get used to reading news and seeing photos on a huge screen, you will never, ever want to go back to a small laptop screen. Trust me. When the letters are as big as your hand, you will never want a small screen again. This is true for looking at photos, videos, bikinis, etc. A large monitor is the way to go.

    For a smaller laptop that is light and powerful, i got hooked on Microsoft Surface Pro's years ago, but many others are just as good. One word of advice" Buy directly from the company (Microsoft in my case) and buy the protective insurance for it. That way, if you ever damage the keyboard, screen, etc, they will replace it--no questions asked!! (I've done it several times. You break the screen over and over and they will replace the entire laptop. I think Microsoft charges $139 for this insurance).

    Small laptops are easy to drop. the screens have a way of breaking once they hit the ground or are thrown across the room like a Frisbee. If you buy the protective insurance, they take care of it for you. End of story. My surface pro only weighs 1.7lbs and is faster and more powerful than some full-blown computers (It depends on which version you require; i do a lot of video editing, but as you already mentioned you do not).

    Some people are PC/Windows fans, others are Apple/Mac fans. I don't think there is much difference these days, so go with what you know.

    Good luck!
    sounds good, frank, but do tell where you can get a 27 inch monitor for 115..

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    If refurbished.... make sure it's 'factory' refurbished
    not by a 3rd party

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