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#1 snglnluvnit

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

Hello all!! I have a neighbor lady who wants to move to a laptop, but still wants to use an exterior mouse/keyboard and her dell 21" monitor.. the monitor is roughly 7 yrs old, and has VGA and DVI hookups...The only way she can get her husband to move onto a laptop is if he can use it with the monitor. My question is what specs do I need to consider when choosing one.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

Then it sounds as if you are looking for a Pre-Windows 8 laptop, or in other words one with Windows 7.

Since the monitor would be a non touchscreen model. Or if you think they could use the mouse and a touchscreen equipped laptop and not get confused by having to use the laptop touchscreen with a external monitor then a Windows 8 model.

Since the monitor has VGA and DVI it would appear that they could use a laptop that has either VGA, DVI or HDMI output for the external monitor. For HDMI output you should be able to buy and use a DVI to HDMI cable.

In general a desktop would outperform a laptop for the same money. Laptops are easier to steal and are easier to damage.

I hate to think how many laptops I've seen in recent years that were ruined by liquid spilled into the keyboard or by being dropped.

You might also suggest a Touchscreen equipped All in One computer. One power wire, wireless keyboard and mouse and Internet.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

I appreciate your input, but would just like to know if I need to consider anything special in the video adapter area or maximum screen resolution, since she intends to use this primarily with her external monitor..which I've discovered is only 19inches...sure looked bigger originally...lol

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

Take the model number of the monitor and look up the specs on the makers website or via Google..

With the details you have given there is no way to tell the maximum supported screen resolution. For example is it a 4:3 Aspect ratio or is it a Widescreen? They come with different supported resolutions. I would expect a new laptop to drive it properly if they both have the same aspect ratio. The resolution may need to be adjusted in the laptop of course.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

Below are the specs for the monitor: and a link to the laptop I am considering for them to purchase. If anyone sees any issues please let me know, and thanks for your assistance!!!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell---Inspiron-15.6%26%2334%3B-Laptop---4GB-Memory---500GB-Hard-Drive---Black/6963692.p?skuId=6963692&productCategoryId=pcmcat247400050000&id=1218817157050Model 1907FPC

Dell part number CC299
Monitor Type Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)
Size 19 inch
Contrast Ratio 700:1
Max. Resolution 1280x1024
Brightness 300 cd/mē
Response Time 8 ms
Dot Pitch 0.294 mm
Viewable Picture Size 19 in.
Digital Video Input Standard DVI-D, VGA
Form Factor Desktop
Built-in Devices USB hub

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

Unfortunately the laptop only has a HDMI output, so you will have to purchase a HDMI to DVI adapter.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

I saw that as well, so I decided to go with this one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4904361
Let me know what you think...

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

That is a very nice durable business notebook and it has a VGA and HDMI output, so it will work without the adapter.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

Thanks that is/was all I was looking for (a second opinion).. I will close this thread.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

No problems mate :thumbup2:

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