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Purchase Template: Laptop for home use?

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#1 GoshenBleeping


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:50 AM

Laptop or Desktop?
- Laptop

My budget for the new computer is:
- $400

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
- web surfing (I use Chrome, Firefox, IE)
- very heavy use of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- watching movies on a DVD drive (we get the movies from our local library) with the laptop connected to a 22" HD LCD monitor
- I do NOT do gaming nor do I need heavy graphics capability
- Store a lot of pictures via Google's Picassa

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
- very heavy use of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Google Picassa
- Browsers

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
- NO gaming

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
- Rarely have lot of programs running at the same time

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
- Yes, store lots of pictures; currently use 10GB on hard drive

Will you be overclocking?
- No

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?

How many monitors are you planning to use?
- I use the laptop connected to a 22" ViewSonic HD LCD monitor so I rarely rely on the laptop screen for my work.  
- We watch DVD movies on the 22" monitor and not on the laptop screen.

Do you need peripherals? OS?
- OS = Microsoft 7 or 10

Other desired features:
- at least 4GB RAM
- approx. 500GB hard drive
- 3 USB slots with at least one slot USB 3.0
- headphone jack out
- HDMI out
- CD/DVD burner software
- wireless connectivity to the Internet
- reliability

I will purchase separately:
- Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016
- external CD / DVD drive to connect to USB slot

Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
- My existing ASUS laptop has heat problems and may self-destruct soon. The repair shop is not sure if it will last.  So I want to be prepared to purchase a new laptop if /when this one dies.  Here are my specs:

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#2 Gorbulan


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 11:48 AM

15.6" Asus F555LA-AB31 w/ DVD drive - $369.99


15.6" Dell Inspiron Laptop w/ DVD drive - $375-$410


15.6" Dell Inspiron Touchscreen Laptop w/o DVD drive - $399


14" Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Laptop w/o DVD Drive - $279 ; may require additional memory purchase as this one only comes with 2 GB. Ideal would be 4 GB - 8 GB.


There you go. I am still trying to get total specs on the last one, but so far it looks like a very good deal for what you want, even with the external DVD drive purchase.


edit: more info

Edited by Gorbulan, 16 September 2016 - 01:14 PM.

#3 Gorbulan


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 01:13 PM

Lenovo Ideapad 310 15" w/ DVD Drive - $279


Lenovo Thinkpad 11e 11.6" w/o DVD Drive - $285 ; Small, 11" size, and comes with a small hard disk drive. You may want to store your photos off the laptop


Lenovo Ideapad 300 17" w/DVD Drive - $329 ; rather large, might be too big for intended purpose


Lenovo Ideapad 110 14" w/DVD Drive - $279 ; Only includes two USB ports, 1 x 2.0, 1 x 3.0.

#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 05:32 PM


very heavy use of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint


Given the above statement I would make two basically non-technical points:


1   As big a screen as you can comfortably handle, and,


2  It's worth your while if you can get hands-on to spend a few minutes making sure you are comfortable with the keyboard.


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