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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Psyber » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:20 pm

Mr Beefy wrote:What are peoples thoughts on Windows 8? I struggle with it.

I unpinned all the rubbish on the opening screen trying to get you to join Micro$oft run commercial things and put the link to the desktop top left.
Then I set up the desktop just like for Windows 7.
So one click and I'm on a familiar desktop.

Once you have done that it works as before apart from the log off procedure.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Dissident » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:07 pm

You don't need a shortcut, you can boot directory into the desktop
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Psyber » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:32 pm

Dissident wrote:You don't need a shortcut, you can boot directory into the desktop
Yeah.
At the time I was setting it up W 8 was new and I wanted to dabble with both options.
I may get around to changing that later.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby stan » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:43 pm

Hi All, looking at purchasing a new laptop. Rough budget of about 750 - 800. Not looking at anything massively flash as I just use it for surfing, some downloading and just standard activities like that.

No gaming or anything like that.

Any advice for whats good value for money in that market.

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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Banker » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:56 am

stan wrote:Hi All, looking at purchasing a new laptop. Rough budget of about 750 - 800. Not looking at anything massively flash as I just use it for surfing, some downloading and just standard activities like that.

No gaming or anything like that.

Any advice for whats good value for money in that market.

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Just a word of caution, I've had screen issues from both of my ultra lightweight laptops. The screens are just too thin.

So i'd avoid ultra lightweight. Just make sure its got an SDD, then store all your downloads on an external hard drive.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Psyber » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:26 pm

Apart from the two ASUS laptops mentioned above, I've picked up a cheap Toshiba with a 11.6" screen for when I'm travelling - Satellite NB10 - A
It is a little slow but does the job, fits easily in my hand luggage, and was cheap enough to not worry about it getting stolen.
It has been to Townsville, Perth, Spain, France, and the UK, so far.
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/co ... ifications

Both laptops now run Windows 10, while my older i5 desktop still runs Windows 7, 32 bit*, dual booted with 64 bit Linux Mint.
(*Mainly because I have some older software I can't get to run on 64 bit machines or the newer OS.)
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby stan » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:01 pm

Psyber wrote:Apart from the two ASUS laptops mentioned above, I've picked up a cheap Toshiba with a 11.6" screen for when I'm travelling - Satellite NB10 - A
It is a little slow but does the job, fits easily in my hand luggage, and was cheap enough to not worry about it getting stolen.
It has been to Townsville, Perth, Spain, France, and the UK, so far.
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/co ... ifications

Both laptops now run Windows 10, while my older i5 desktop still runs Windows 7, 32 bit*, dual booted with 64 bit Linux Mint.
(*Mainly because I have some older software I can't get to run on 64 bit machines or the newer OS.)

Psyber my man. In your opinion what are the top brands of laptops. Hp, Dell, Lenevo etc.

Keen on your opinion.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Wedgie » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:24 pm

IMHO unlike ten years ago there's stuff all difference. Just go the best specs with the least amount of bloatware.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby stan » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:14 pm

Well it would be win 10. Isnt that mostly bloatware?

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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Psyber » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:51 am

stan wrote:
Psyber wrote:Apart from the two ASUS laptops mentioned above, I've picked up a cheap Toshiba with a 11.6" screen for when I'm travelling - Satellite NB10 - A
It is a little slow but does the job, fits easily in my hand luggage, and was cheap enough to not worry about it getting stolen.
It has been to Townsville, Perth, Spain, France, and the UK, so far.
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/co ... ifications

Both laptops now run Windows 10, while my older i5 desktop still runs Windows 7, 32 bit*, dual booted with 64 bit Linux Mint.
(*Mainly because I have some older software I can't get to run on 64 bit machines or the newer OS.)

Psyber my man. In your opinion what are the top brands of laptops. Hp, Dell, Lenevo etc.

Keen on your opinion.

When I was in an IT business in Melbourne our mantra was "ASUS good ACER bad".

We also quit selling any HP products because we found they got troublesome soon after the warranty was up, and HP wanted to charge us money to talk to their techs about issues we needed help with - in contrast to Canon and Brother who just put as straight through. When told this HP just said, "You can pass the cost onto your customer."

So I'd favour ASUS, or Toshiba laptops..
I've never owned a Dell or Lenovo product but they both have a good reputation.

I like Brother printers and Canon scanners. (Brother printers don't nag you about using generic toner or ink cartridges and you can usually get up to dates drivers for new OS releases instead of having to pension off your printer.)

Digital cameras: (for the sake of completion)
Nikon have nice sharp imaging but have had focus issues at full zoom.
Canon usually have better colour reproduction, but imaging is in my view a bit soft.
Pentax may be a good compromise but I've not owned one since digital days.
My current camera is a Sony ultra-zoom with a Zeiss lens (DSC HX-300), but I have had to alter settings to tone down somewhat excessive colour saturation.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Wedgie » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:47 pm

stan wrote:Well it would be win 10. Isnt that mostly bloatware?

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That's true, Win 10 is awful
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby mighty_tiger_79 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:34 pm

So for a new laptop have we all worked out what's the best out there at the minute?

I'm currently in the market for an upgrade.

I have an Asus and had no real issues with it.
Mrs has a HP and similarly has had no problems.

So I've narrowed it down to those two brands but have an open mind outside of acer.

Really only use it for normal porn web browsing as most people do and will occasionally use the word/excel aspects etc.

Thanks tech gurus
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby bennymacca » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:30 pm

I've also been looking, but my price point is likely higher as I can salary sacrifice it.

Love the look of the new HP Spectre x360 but it's not available in Australia. Going to see whether a mate can buy it from the US for me.

Otherwise I'll be choosing between the Dell XPS or MacBook Pro
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Wedgie » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:18 pm

mighty_tiger_79 wrote:So for a new laptop have we all worked out what's the best out there at the minute?

I'm currently in the market for an upgrade.

I have an Asus and had no real issues with it.
Mrs has a HP and similarly has had no problems.

So I've narrowed it down to those two brands but have an open mind outside of acer.

Really only use it for normal porn web browsing as most people do and will occasionally use the word/excel aspects etc.

Thanks tech gurus

Unless things have changed ASUS were great. HPs used to come with too much bloatware but weren't bad either.
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Re: Laptops - any suggestions re what type? and where to buy

Postby Corona Man » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:55 pm

Given up on laptops. Surface Pro does the job for me.
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