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Purchase Template: New laptop for QuickBooks primarily


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#1 lernme

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:37 PM

Hi. I need to purchase a new laptop (min. 15" monitor). I am not near a lot of stores, so it needs to be purchased online.

Budget: Since the PC's use will be so limited, I'd like to stay at or below $500 if I can. But could go as high as $700

Uses: This laptop will be used soley to install QuickBooks Pro 2009 (I'd love to order it preinstalled in the price of the computer if possible). I am going to put business information on it and transfer that data to my accountant monthly. I will also periodically write letters (Word) and make some spreadsheet for the accountant (Excel). Otherwise, it won't be used much. It will never, ever go online for security reasons.

Software: As stated above, I really just need QBooks Pro 2009, Word, and Excel. If I don't have to pay a lot extra, I'd like the OS to be XP or XP with Vista OS if I want to install it. But, either XP or Vista is acceptable.

Games: none at all

Programs running: I won't have alot of applications running at once. The most would probably be the three I have mentioned.

Pictures: none or very few



I'd welcome any suggestions on reputable online places to order this laptop. Does anyone have opinions on a brand called eMachines that I saw on TigerDirect? I just really need a stripped down, cheap laptop that won't get overloaded with QuickBooks later on. I understand QB is pretty resource hungry. But, I figure if that's all I'm doing with it, I should not have any problems with a new laptop.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 02:26 PM

<<It will never, ever go online for security reasons.>>

I could be wrong but I believe that data transmittal for QB occurs via the Internet, along with program updates.

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/product/accou...al-software.jsp

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FWIW: Not going online...only makes your system less secure...since there is no way for such users to get critical updates for either the operating system or programs installed.

The Internet is not the only means of infection, as flash drive users everywhere are finding out these days.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 02:48 PM

very good points to consider, hamluis. I had not thought of these. Thanks.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 04:23 PM

Easily done :blink:.

FWIW: If QB is really going to be the only major program you install...if you do a review of system requirements, you will find that just about any laptop made in the last 5 years can handle what you want to accomplish. I would not be inclined to overspend on such a project.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 05:13 PM

Thanks Louis.

I did talk to QB support and they told me you can download updates to disk on another computer and then install those on the QB computer. And you can do the same from whatever other source, like a management software system, to disk, then to QB computer.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:33 AM

In an office environment, you can't beat a Thinkpad
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