I'm pretty much a "gadget freak" and the "latest technology" type with the exception of my work computer. I trailer/office (next to my home) with four primary uses - a company database application written in Corel Paradox - MS Money - MS Outlook 2010 - Internet searchs and MS Word. Since until recently, Paradox didn't run well on Windows 7, I was restricted to a XP Machine. Now Corel has updated Paradox and my partner has had great success running it on Win7 - so I'm ready to upgrade to a Win7 based computer.
For years I have upgraded my work machine approximately every three years but restricted the new machine to older technology. This time I'd like to jump over the older stuff and go to a i7 processor. I would also like to go to a All-In-One machine with a flexible budget of $1200.00. Since finding a new machine is considerably easier if I lose the i7 requirement, am I really going to notice the difference between i5 and i7?
I've been searching for a few days but each machine I like comes up short.
Here are my favorites, so far:
- 23" Samsung (DP700A3B-A02US $1,100) looks like a winner but I can't find it in a i7 - I have found it in a i5; is there a significant difference? Also, I have never owned a Samsung computer – any thoughts?
- 27" HP (Omni 220-1180qd $1,460) when moving up to the i7 is very pricey - This looks like a new offering from HP and will probably drop in price in a few months. Moving up to the i7 and a few little options prices this machine at $260 over budget which is affordable but not desirable.
- 27" ASUS (ET2700INKS-B062C $1,450) has no reviews that I could find and is $250 over budget. This looks more like an All in One entertainment set.
I'm not stuck on a All-in-One if there is a substantially better idea (or a lot cheaper).
Also (big also!) the most distasteful part of a hardware upgrade, for me, is migrating the software to the new machine - particularly when I can't find the old disks. I wonder if anyone can recommend a software application that moves data and programs to a new machine relatively easy?
Thanks in advance,