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advice for buying a new/refurb laptop/tablet, so confused

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#1 Hollow88


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:09 PM

Have had a sony vaio for 8 yrs? now and really loved it until a dll error keeps popping up and then finally the kill shot, dogs ran through sofa and ottoman with power supply attached and bent port, causing a problem with charging it.  Too costly to fix an old model and not willing to pay the same as back then when I found out I have never even come close to using it to it's fullest capabilities. I am looking for someone to give me insight as to what ghz,gbs and ram I need to look for considering the below programs and usage I have provided.  I don't care if it is a larger tablet or full size laptop I just don't want to buy one again that half of it's potential is wasted.   After that, I should be able to figure the rest out.

The only real programs I use are the following:


word/excel type

adobe photoshop elements/editor (do not use for professional purpose, only hobbyist) 

3d home architect/hgtv home and landscape (do not use for professional purpose, only hobbyist)

internet surfing (pinterest/facebook/ebay)

2003 Microsoft money program (I know I will have to upgrade this but will find similar updated product to replace it with)


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#2 Hollow88

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:10 PM

And I am not willing to spend more than 200$ on a new or refurbished model.  I am only a hobbyist at best for most that I do even if it is on a daily basis.

#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:33 PM

All the software you list will run on a laptop/notebook computer but I think you will want to check the availability of this software, or equivalents, on tablets. You must have friends with tablets, I suggest you ask one or two of them if you can get photoshop essentials and 3D architecture packages in the various app stores. If you can, you may prefer a tablet for its high portability.


Another factor to bear in mind is that tablets typically have much more restricted data storage than laptops. Along with that they have smaller screens.


I know this doesn't give a 'buy this model' answer to your question but I hope it gives you some pointers towards coming to a correct decision.


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