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Gathering opinions about a new laptop

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by linsjean, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. linsjean

    linsjean Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2006

    I got my tax refunds back. I am now ready to buy a brand new computer, another laptop. I am unsure about Windows 8 (is it a hard transition from Vista to that version and have they got all the bugs out from 8?). There are some things that I know I want like the following:

    - 64 bit version
    - at least 6 gigs of RAM with more slots available if I need it
    - Since I have an external HD, I want at least 100 GB HD on my new laptop
    - willing to spend $900 to $1,000 for a laptop
    - most likely won't get the software I want on it like the Office Suite, but oh well
    - prefer an HP, but ok with a Dell
    - at least 3 USB ports that are 3.0 in power and an additional one that could be 2.0
    - built in webcam
    - powerful processor
    - straight keyboard (not interested in the ergo type slanted KB)
    - Extras are my own doing, like wireless mouse and KB
    - DVD player, DVD writer, DVD burner

    I do not do a lot of graphics or video editing, but I used to have an apple and enjoyed iMovie and using my webcam, but can't find a laptop that has firewire which it requires. I guess I can use my little Cannon camera and record for 30 seconds, but I used to make some terrific videos and sent them as gifts to people.

    I was speaking to an HP sale rep today via live chat and at one point she said this, ""It comes with SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support. However, since this is customizable, you can choose to have either Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner or Blu-ray writer & SuperMulti DVD burner" I'm not familiar with some things so not sure was double layer support or the other stuff means. Before I buy, I must learn the lingo, lol

    I know I am leaving important facts out, but I am hoping to gather some opinions from many and then make my decision.

  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I assumed that since I "know" Windows I could figure out how to use Windows 8 just by barging in--just like going from XP to Vista or Windows 7. Not! Read a tutorial or two and the transition is annoying, but not all that bad. If you end up with Windows 8 read this sticky thread in the Windows 8 forum.

    All the bugs out of a Windows version? Ya gotta be kidding! :)
  3. linsjean

    linsjean Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2006
    Thanks Terry. After reading the sticky I have now decided to go with Windows 7 :)
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