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post #1 of 30 Old 01-24-2010, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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First ever laptop

I think I may pull the trigger on one of these later today.

Can't seem to find anything that is a total better deal including 4 years of warranty. Anyone with some quick input?

It will be used to replace the desktop and general stuff like that. Any reason for one with bluetooth?

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I have never found a laptop to be a useful replacement for a desktop because I find their keyboard and touch pad are a pain. That and you get a lot more horsepower for less cost with a desktop.
That said, a laptop can be very useful once it is untethered from the desk.
The Bluetooth MAY be useful to you. I can connect my smartphone to a laptop via Bluetooth to upload pictures for example. You can also get a Bluetooth voip phone that you can connect and use Skype. There are lots of Bluetooth gadgets out there including headsets, printers etc.
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We got a new laptop just before Christmas and debated on which size, decided on a 11.6" model. The keyboard is acually useable, nice sharp screen, duel core processor, 8 hr battery, 64 bit OS.

So far, we like it.
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Do not install the 60 day Symantec Internet Security package. If you do you will never get rid of it and it will kill your performance.

Get a decent security package, something like AVG that doesn't hog your system resources.
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I would suggest also purchasing an external, USB hard drive as well. Something in the 500GB range.

It is reported that you have an extensive digital photo "collection". The external hard drive would be a good place to archive the collection so as not to clutter up and fill up your main operating system and program file, internal hard drive.

What K1W1 says is absolutely true. Stay away from Symatec/Norton security products.

I prefer and have very good luck with: http://www.pctools.com

And: www.malwarebytes.org

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I looked at the laptop and I may get the 17 in model instead. Of course that model is at another store.

I learned about the problems with Norton crap some time ago with the desktop I'm currently using. Hope that is not pre-loaded.

HP seems to have the best features for the money. Just don't know exactly what features I need. It is easy to get more than I really need.

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I replaced my desktop a little over two years ago with a refurb MacBook Pro. Best thing I ever did. I can bring the thing with me on vacations, I can use it on the couch. For external storage, I have 2, 1TB external FW 800 drives daisy-chained together, I can add more if needed.

I'm not a total Mac Snob, with Windows 7, the PC option is viable again.

I'm sure this is an option with a non-Mac, look for a laptop with a decent enough graphics card and use an external monitor when docked. My MBP is a 15.4" model which gives me the portability in laptop mode that I like. A 17" model is no longer all that portable.

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I have a much older version of that laptop, it has a FULL keyboard and trust me its a nice toy. But its big and heavy. ITs what you call a desk top replacment and it did its job well. But I perfer desktops for my home system. For on the road I ahve invested in a netbook, nice and small
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I looked at the laptop and I may get the 17 in model instead. Of course that model is at another store.
Be careful on the size depending on what you want out of it. I bought the 17" monster and really like it when I travel, but to be honest, come the riding season and the taskings from work, I will probably buy a Netbook for travel. The 17 is good for working around home even if you can carry it in the vehicle to work or travelling, but it gets to be rather cumbersome on a plane and depending on the size may not fit into that planes overhead storage. With the backpack it will not fit into the E52 top box i have.

Just to let you know.

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Purchase of a refurbished HP/Compac "industrial strength" laptop last summer turned out to be a great move for me. It freed me from the desk altogether, as it sits beside my recliner, but communicates to the rest of my network (including the backup hard drive) via the wireless router. Most manufacturers will display their reduced-cost refurbished units on their websites, but some of them only sell via select dealers. Mine came with a 3-year warranty and at a price less than a mortgage on my future.

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