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    Help buying a laptop

    Need an expense for the end of the year and want to buy a laptop today. problem is, I know nothing about them.

    The primary use is so my wife can log into my computer at the office from the laptop at home.

    Do not need anything to fancy but don't want it to be a piece of crap either.

    Any suggestions on brands, models and where to buy one at?

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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    I just got this and really like it. Very lightweight, battery lasts a long time

    http://www.amazon.com/Pavilion-DM3-1...2273593&sr=8-1



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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by DRCHIRO View Post
    The primary use is so my wife can log into my computer at the office from the laptop at home.
    You may want to think twice about all these people recommending Mac books. Her employer may not support apples advanced technology/

    It's hard to go wrong with a Dell. It depends on how much you want to spend but anything over $500 will have plenty of power. Just make sure you get a big battery and you may also want to look at adding Office if her employer requires it for her to work.

    Go configure one on Dell.com and bring back the specs. We'll tell you what you need to upgrade.


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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by DRCHIRO View Post
    Need an expense for the end of the year and want to buy a laptop today. problem is, I know nothing about them.

    The primary use is so my wife can log into my computer at the office from the laptop at home.

    Do not need anything to fancy but don't want it to be a piece of crap either.

    Any suggestions on brands, models and where to buy one at?

    Thanks
    This won't be the most popular idea, but honestly, you could just go buy a 6-700 dollar laptop of whatever brand you find at Best Buy and you'd be just fine. I'm posting this from a Toshiba, and I really like it. At the same time, we've had a Dell, a couple of Gateways, and this Toshiba in our family, and we've been perfectly fine with each brand.


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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    I would always recommend customizing the laptop on the manufactures website rather than buying in a electronics store. Ever wonder how they can sell laptops at such a low price in a store...cheaper, lower quality parts (CPU mostly).



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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    I just bought a lenovo a few days ago after the screen of my old dell laptop went out; but I don't think company really matters that much. I probably wouldn't buy a 'netbook', since they are usually quite a bit slower. Outside of that, most laptops have pretty similar specifications depending on the price point, so just go with whatever one seems the sturdiest/easiest to use in person.

    I would advise against the previous posts about purchasing an apple, but only because they will likely be more expensive, and it will probably make the process of connecting to your work computer more difficult than it needs to be.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JY07 View Post
    I would advise against the previous posts about purchasing an apple, but only because they will likely be more expensive, and it will probably make the process of connecting to your work computer more difficult than it needs to be.
    1. They are constructed better, no flimsy plastic
    2. Not true about difficulties connecting to the work computer. 5-10 years ago, yes. But not today.



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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You may want to think twice about all these people recommending Mac books. Her employer may not support apples advanced technology/

    It's hard to go wrong with a Dell. It depends on how much you want to spend but anything over $500 will have plenty of power. Just make sure you get a big battery and you may also want to look at adding Office if her employer requires it for her to work.

    Go configure one on Dell.com and bring back the specs. We'll tell you what you need to upgrade.
    Remote logins from a mac to a PC work just fine. M$ released a remote desktop from mac that is exactly the same as a PC.


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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Just keep it simple. One of the big things that people will suggest really ends up being more machine than you're probably going to need. Just keep it simple, buy something mid-range (I still would shoot at the 600-700 range), and you'll be fine for a good little while.


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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You may want to think twice about all these people recommending Mac books. Her employer may not support apples advanced technology/

    It's hard to go wrong with a Dell. It depends on how much you want to spend but anything over $500 will have plenty of power. Just make sure you get a big battery and you may also want to look at adding Office if her employer requires it for her to work.

    Go configure one on Dell.com and bring back the specs. We'll tell you what you need to upgrade.
    Thanks,

    It's actually for her to do all my book work at the computer at my office. Entering in charges, patients, eob's, etc.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Remote logins from a mac to a PC work just fine. M$ released a remote desktop from mac that is exactly the same as a PC.
    Do most companies use remote desktop to allow employees to work from home. God I hope not.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Do most companies use remote desktop to allow employees to work from home. God I hope not.
    The guy does not work for a company...



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    Re: Help buying a laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    The guy does not work for a company...
    Oh yeah I see that now.

    Being serious, I would find out what she would like to use. Is she used to using a Mac or does she like Windows, does she care what the laptop looks like?, does she care about the size?, what size of screen would she like?, etc.



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