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Old 10-09-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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Laptop Crashed - Need New 1

What type?

I had a 3 or 4 yr old HP lapper top that the hard drive just crashed.

What type should I get? Wife suggested a Apple - I don't drink that Kool Aid, I'm more comfortable with a Windows based system (I type this from my work iPad - )

Most of the usage is usual shyte, kids school work, saving pics & Muzak, net surfing.

So what type should I / we get?

And is used mostly at home not traveling with it.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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Surface Pro3 if you want Windows Based, or MacBook Pro w/Retina if you wanna join the mac crowd. I'd say the Mac edges out the Surface for hardware longevity based on my prior apple experiences. BUT I'd rather stay windows just like you.

I have a similar POS HP that's still chugging along ok; but I would like replace with a Surface, the portability of the Surface is great (I used one extensively on a recent trip). I like it a lot better than an iPad (sure it cost 2x what an iPad does), but it's a fully functioning PC with a Keyboard.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:29 PM   #3
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What's your price range/how big of a laptop do you want?
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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What's your price range/how big of a laptop do you want?
A mid sized lapper - 13 to 16" screen, looking for a cd/DVD drive as well. Something with a mid speed ram.

I'd say $550. Is about the high price end.

Oh and the HP we had was 2 yrs old and it crashed very pissed off about that.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:46 PM   #5
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A mid sized lapper - 13 to 16" screen, looking for a cd/DVD drive as well. Something with a mid speed ram.

I'd say $550. Is about the high price end.

Oh and the HP we had was 2 yrs old and it crashed very pissed off about that.
new hard drive is (or should be) a lot cheaper....
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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new hard drive is (or should be) a lot cheaper....
I'm thinking u maybe right.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:03 PM   #7
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You can't replace the had drive?
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:05 PM   #8
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I'm thinking u maybe right.
Pretty easy to replace too...
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:05 PM   #9
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I'm thinking u maybe right.
How big was your old one? An SSD will make it a lot snappier than it was. 500 GB is about 225, 1 TB will be 400-500. Or if that's too much a hybrid SSD/HD is a good middle ground for about 100 bucks. If you have a 5,400 RPM drive now even that it'll be a good bump in responsiveness.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:30 PM   #10
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Or if it is a real POS not worth putting money into then Puppy Linux will turn it into at decent Internet surfer without any hard drive at all. I did that to an ancient Dell and stuck it in the garage to read CD service manuals and look crap up on the Internet. It works really well. Probably better than it did running XP on the hard drive.
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I write code for a living. I have worked with lots of different computers ranging from old Intel Isis with 8" floppies and DG Novas, to AIX boxes (built like a tank and just as heavy) to embedded, to Linux, to Wintel and Macs.

I daily work on a Win 7 laptop at work and I am very glad to come home to my MacPro and MacBook Air - the latter is my favorite.

You can run Windows on any Intel Mac (my kids run Win 7 on the Mac Mini I bought them), either simultaneously with OSX or as a dual boot system - either way as you choose - you aren't tied to one or the other. Run what you are comfortable with.

On my MacPro I run OSX, Linux, Win 7 and Windows 2008 R2 server, simultaneously, when I am doing development work on it.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:29 PM   #12
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Just look on Overstock.com and see something you like.

You're not a demanding user.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:29 PM   #13
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What do you do with your laptops? I am very happy with my Dell Chromebook for light duty web surfing. Close to 9 hour battery life.
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I write code for a living. I have worked with lots of different computers ranging from old Intel Isis with 8" floppies and DG Novas, to AIX boxes (built like a tank and just as heavy) to embedded, to Linux, to Wintel and Macs.

I daily work on a Win 7 laptop at work and I am very glad to come home to my MacPro and MacBook Air - the latter is my favorite.

You can run Windows on any Intel Mac (my kids run Win 7 on the Mac Mini I bought them), either simultaneously with OSX or as a dual boot system - either way as you choose - you aren't tied to one or the other. Run what you are comfortable with.

On my MacPro I run OSX, Linux, Win 7 and Windows 2008 R2 server, simultaneously, when I am doing development work on it.
11 posts ? I figured a Jobbie would have been here sooner.

Exactly how many Apple laptops can you buy for $500 ?

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Old 10-10-2014, 06:04 AM   #15
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Just look on Overstock.com and see something you like.

You're not a demanding user.
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If you were a graphic designer I'd say something else. If you were a coder, hardcore gamer, data scientist, drug dealer... I'd say something else. But for you, (and me for that matter)...I'm looking on Woot! or O for whatever's well spec'd and cheap. (although I do have a quad-core liquid-cooled desktop running for the heavy lifting).
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