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    Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    Yet another thread for 2 tech recommendations. I read the lastest threads, but this stuff changes daily. Because I am looking at 2 items, I need to keep the costs reasonable.

    I am reaplacing a computer for my sister-in-law. She has been using my Dad's old style tower and somewhat crappy monitor for a while now. I am taking it, so I a want to give her a good computer to use.

    She always asks me about my iPad, but I steered her away from Apple. Mostly, she pays bills, uses e-mail, etc. Daily tasking type stuff. No video gaming, but maybe some game apps. She has a Samsung cell phone, that has Google Drive, but I had to explain what that was to her. She will learn it, once she reads up on it.

    Now, which brands laptops do you recommend, which to stay clear of? She prefers to stick with Windows 7.

    -I would like a nice looking display.
    -She likes touch screen capability (2 in 1?)
    -I can add an external CD/DVD
    -I can add an external mouse if needed
    -She only uses her phone to take images. (Samsung with Google stuff on it)
    -She does write things like lists, letters, etc that can be printed.

    I am even considering something like a Chromebook. It has a few internet capability issues as in some stuff can't be accessed without it.

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    I would like to get something for my brother. He mostly uses the computer to read articles and watch guitar tutorials, stuff like that. He does have DSLR cameras but isn't into photo editing. He tends to tether the camera to look at images

    -Prefer it be portable so he isn't tethered to a desk.
    -Good screen
    -good keyboard (his hands are huge)
    -Easy to use. Wondering if a Chromebook would be good for him or something similar.
    -He is used to using a mouse and keyboard, but I will consider anything that is easy to use. He does not want to learn a thing about computers. Nothing, Nada. Turn it on and watch tutorials.


    Thanks a bunch. I haven't looked at computers in years. I may stop at Best Buy to see what is what.


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    Last edited by Dawg Pics; 05-08-2018 at 05:50 PM.
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    For both of them I would recommend the Microsoft Surface for portability.

    I loved mine and I still have it but it is just gathering dust after I went over to the Apple side.

    It is great as a tablet aswell as with a keyboard
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    So, nobody loves me anymore?

    Bump....going to look at some pooters. Any recommendations on a brand at least? Pweeeeeese?
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    I like the HP's, good reliable hardware but the big plus is the connectivity to the HP mothership for updates to HP apps and firmware. (only when and if you turn it on)

    My son writes firmware for devices in Dell laptops and he hates Dell due to knowing what is in the code and the current stability status. Dell has worked fine for me in my past job, but they were big servers.
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    We've had good luck with Dell factory refurbished PCs for our business.
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    @Texas. @Andy W
    Thanks, I have heard good and bad about Dell.
    I had looked at some of the HP online, some looked promising.
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    all my laptops have been HP (3). looking at their website I see window 7 as a choice is grayed out. maybe go to amazon and check for a windows 7 laptop.
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post
    all my laptops have been HP (3). looking at their website I see window 7 as a choice is grayed out. maybe go to amazon and check for a windows 7 laptop.
    I found some Windows7 as options on one site, but the computers were more expensive than the ones with Win 10. I didn't understand that.
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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    maybe the win7 computers have more expensive options installed when they where built.

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    Re: Laptops, and notebooks and Chromebooks, oh my!

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post
    maybe the win7 computers have more expensive options installed when they where built.
    Perhaps because they are just trying to force everyone into Windows 10
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