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Portable computer for my home computer technical business

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#1 r84shi37


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 01:13 PM

Hello, I'm starting a business for computer technical support.  I already have a website.  Sadly, due to multiple negligent actions... some mine and some my siblings', my laptop's battery is fried and thus turned my laptop into a desktop.  My current laptop is a heavy, bulky power house anyway though.  I'll need a portable laptop if I'm going to do virus removal, tune ups, etc in other people's homes.  I am considering three options:


1. A win8(7?) netbook

2. A win8 tablet

3. A win8 tablet with keyboard or some other hybrid


Currently I'm thinking I'll buy an AsusT100 convertible, but I want more input.  I'd prefer to not spend a lot because I don't need a lot of processing power or great specs.  Also I have a powerful laptop (now desktop) for needs that require a lot of processing power.


Another thing, I know many of you would say, "Buy a new battery you idiot."  The battery I need costs around $115, I'd rather just buy a lightweight portable computer for $250-$350 dollars.  


So, what do you guys think?  Should I buy a netbook, tablet, or something in between?  Which models do you recommend?  Thank you.  

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#2 waldojim42


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:57 PM

I prefer the Lenovo X100 series of machines (I think we are on the 140 now). They end up being about $400 to $500 though, unless you can find a discount. They are excellent machines meant for daily travels.


I would personally suggest going for an "ultrabook" rather than a netbook though. Namely because netbooks are infuriatingly slow. The X140 and similar machines are not much better, but they are better. Namely in that they are not constrained by MS. You can usually find fairly decent dual core processors in them and 4-8GB of ram.


Just my $.02 since I hate waiting on machines.

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#3 Kilroy


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:42 AM

If you want to go cheap replace the battery.  I agree with waldojim42 that an ultrabook is more what you would want to do virus removal when you're remote, personally I'd rather not do in home virus removal just due to the amount of time it can take.  I would also recommend getting a hotspot for Internet access since there are a lot of compromised home routers out there due to recent exploits.

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