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#1 Hal06

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:21 AM

Hello. I'm looking for a new laptop. I will use it for office work, internet surfing, watching a few videos, no serious gaming. I'm not that thrilled with what I hear about windows 8. I would really like to have at least four USB ports, at least one of which is USB 3.0. Some computer store salesclerks have told me to settle for fewer USB ports and use a USB hub. I'm reluctant to do that since I've heard they don't always work well.

 

I'd prefer to stay around $600 if possbile. Maybe up to $700. But I've also got to buy new Office and new Quickbooks so there's at least another $200.

 

I've had Sony and HP. I've been pleased with both.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Many thanks.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:52 PM

Comparing these two:

 

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/902171?ENVY-15z-j100-Notebook-Best-Value

 

Has 4 USB but no headphone? That's odd.

 

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/G1V32AV?HP-Pavilion-15t-n200-Notebook-PC-with-Windows-7-ENERGY-STAR-

 

Has only three ports but has a headphone port; Windows 7 avoids the problems with Windows 8

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:05 PM

The second.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:07 PM

Thanks. Any others?



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:35 PM

Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook Touch $599.99

(3) USB 3.0 + (1) USB 3.0 PowerShare


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 10:39 AM

I am seeing a lot of computers without modems. I assume that this means that they can only connect wirelessly; however, from time to time usually when traveling I have to have a modem. Why wouldn't they have modems?

 

In general should I prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8?

 

Is an AMD 2.5 processor as good as an Intel i5?


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

Hal06, on 17 Feb 2014 - 10:39 AM, said:

I am seeing a lot of computers without modems. I assume that this means that they can only connect wirelessly; however, from time to time usually when traveling I have to have a modem. Why wouldn't they have modems?

Because the demand for dialup modems is next to non-existant. However, you can get a decent 56Kbps V.92 Data/Fax modem that plugs into a USB portfor less than $20.

 

Hal06, on 17 Feb 2014 - 10:39 AM, said:

In general should I prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8?

That depends on -your- needs. IMO, Windows 8 is designed for touchscreen devices and consuming content. If you create content however, Windows 7 is a better choice.

 

Hal06, on 17 Feb 2014 - 10:39 AM, said:

Is an AMD 2.5 processor as good as an Intel i5?

AFAIC, No.

IMO, Intel is better than AMD, Fords are better than Chevys and Blondes are more fun than Brunettes. IOW, which is "better" depends on whom you ask. :)



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:13 PM

Thanks for the thoughts. Since I'm not interested in touchscreen 7 is good enough. As for modem,  think I was confused. Modem is for dialup; ethernet is what I'm thinking about for hotels that have internet cable in the rooms but not wifi.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:20 PM

There are different kinds of modems...I have a DSL modem, which use my phone line to send the broad band signal acrross. Modems are not just for dial up anymore.

 

My suggestions for a laptop is either HP or Samsung. For you price range, you'll just have to do some research on brand/make/models for your specific needs. Get on one of the brands websites, usually there is a live chat that will pop up or to click on. Just ask them about the specs for a laptop you're wanting.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:30 PM

ethernet is what I'm thinking about for hotels that have internet cable in the rooms but not wifi.

Yes, most laptops have Ethernet (RJ-45).



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:46 AM

I've seen ultrabooks that don't have RJ-45, but what they do is have a mini-usb dongle to RJ-45. So they still *have* it if you need it.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 10:04 AM

Yep, due to the thinness of the unit. Fortunately Ethernet over USB is solved problem. I have seen one with a pop-up RJ45. Think it was a Dell.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:06 PM

Here is a Dell with four USB ports and a 500 GB harddrive.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1004779-REG/dell_i15rmt_5100slv_inspr_5521_i5_4200u_6gb_500gb_windows_8_15_6.html

 

For the same price here is an HP with 3 USB ports and a 750 GB harddrive.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/933116-REG/hp_d1e39ua_aba_pavilion_touchsmart_sleekbook_15_b150us_15_6.html

 

My current laptop is an HP and I've been pleased with it. I've never owned a Dell.

 

Is Dell an okay brand?

 

Although I want 4 USB ports I could probably make do with three. Would it be a good trade off: loose a port but gain more harddrive?

 

The HP has 1.6GHz AMD A8-4555M Quad-Core. Is that as good as the Dell's 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell)?

 

Thanks for your thoughts.


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:14 PM

Dell's are okay. Never really cared much for HP (except maybe the Envy). My personal preference is IBM/Lenovo business machines. They might be ugly but they are reliable.






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