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What do you like for laptops/PCs

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Flat6Driver, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. tamer_of_banthas

    tamer_of_banthas Tele-Holic

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    great post. privacy possum and decentraleyes are both very good anti-tracking apps too.

    worth a look

     
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    you could definitely swing that. just buy a retail Office 2016 box or license key, and don't upgrade it, ever.

     
  3. black_doug

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    A tablet is what I recommend. It will do everything you want. Lenovo makes them.

    I’m typing this on a new iPad but then again I’ve been a Mac user for almost ten years.
     
  4. Flat6Driver

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    Turns out the HD was going bad. Took it to a shop that said it was worth fixing, they backed up all the data and installed a SSD. it works pretty well now.
     
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    Why don't they come with a book " Computers for Dummies"?
     
  6. Ignatius

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    I vote Mac Mini. Love mine. I’ve been in IT for 35 years and I’ve owned or used lots of stuff. Never thought I’d be a "Mac person" but yep, it happened.
     
  7. notmyusualuserid

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    You have to buy your own.

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    Have an old maybe a 8-10 yr old, Lenovo w530 laptop i7, small ssd and 16g of ram and was considering getting a new laptop but my son keyed me in to the idea of upgrading from windows 7 pro to 10. Anyway took it to a local reputable shop and 3 hours later they called and said it was done. Also got a Bluetooth and 2T usb memory dongals. Holy smokes it works great and sooo fast; glad that I didn't get a new one and saved a good chunk of $.
     
  9. RicoC3PO

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    Your issue is most likely the hard disk. The i3 CPU is not helping either. I have replaced the hard disks in couple of Toshiba's lately with SSD drives and the difference is very noticeable. Lenovo have very poor after sales and warranty support and for that reason i will not touch them. Have had very good experiences with Dell aftersales and warranty on an XPS laptop that was very nice. HP also make good machines but I can't comment on their after sales support and warranty. Don't overlook the warranty would be my advice. Sqauwker sets out the specs to lookout for very well in post #13.
     
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    Have to say my Surface Pro has been brill.

    I use a high spec special build PC for recording with quiet fans etc.
     
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    I get asked this all of the time, it is like giving advice on a car. Preferences, features, brand loyalty etc, etc.

    With PC hardware, ya get what ya pay for. Anything over 2k from a major PC manufacturer will get you what you want.

    If you want REAL easy though.... IMHO the best PC hardware you can buy, is a Mac. Period. End of statement.

    Buy a Mac at your local Apple store, develop the relationship. Have them help you load windows onto it using bootcamp. Now you have a PC that you never have to use the Mac OS on.... but if Windows crashes, you still have a functioning computer. You can take said computer to the Apple store, and they will fix it for you, or reload windows.

    My "daily driver" for business travel is a 2011 Macbook Pro..... yeah, buy the clamshell case for it and it will last forever. The coating on the screen is literally falling off, but the machine itself is solid as all get out and runs Win 10 great.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468
     
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    I use a secondhand HP Pavillion laptop, AMD A8 8GB and old fashioned hard drive with Windows 10. It's as good as anything else for Reaper and my recording needs.

    I stopped building my own high spec machines years ago, they cost too much money and took up too much space.
     
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  14. Jim_in_PA

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    I switched to MacOS in 2010 including doing BYOD for work in 2012 as I got sick and tired of constantly having to rebuild the "business quality" laptops my employer provided. Even the 2010 iMac still runs "like new"...actually better with the SSD in it...the 2012 laptop is also like new and is my backup and "shop Mac" and my "desktop" is a 2019 MBP 15" with two 27" monitors. I have not had to do anything to these machines, other than a battery replacement in the 2012 after five years. They just work. Seamless handoff to my iDevices, too. I do run Windows for CAD/CAM; under Parallels on the Macs (as seen in the right monitor here) and my CNC control machine is Win10 as required by the controller software.

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    What's best for me isn't necessarily best for others. Professor Dr. SWMBO prefers Windows because of certain applications she uses for research when not teaching, but is also starting to lean Mac for the next one. In the meantime, I had "the business" buy her a high-end Dell laptop last year (she's the CEO :) ) to replace the "caa-caa" machines the university offered for Windows users and it's been pretty solid, largely because I eliminated all the bloatware when it arrived before configuring it for her to use. Older daughter uses Windows...she just browses and listens to content. Younger daughter has been using a MacBook Air since she was a sophomore in high school. That was her choice and she funded half the cost. She's now a senior at Penn State and the machine still runs like new; never has had even a single issue.
     
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    It was the HD see my update from yesterday. :)
     
  16. Flat6Driver

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    Buying a book is the opposite of "I don't want to learn"! :)
     
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    Not sure I understand your "joke".
     
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    My first post said I didn't want to learn. :)
     
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    Both at home and work, I’ve used a number of Dell laptops in the last 10 years - no complaints.
    Day to day it’s an iPad
     
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    Seeing that Flat6 has solved his problem, I don't mind redirecting a bit: I want a notepad or some small device dedicated only to music. I don't want to use my phone connected to my car for anything. Despite what every car manufacturer insists, I'm a CD person and would absolutely terrorize the roads listening to music thru my phone into the Android or Apple Play features.

    I would like a device loaded with my music, capable of seamless streaming when I have a connection, portable for easy travel or to just plug into my car's sound system (which is excellent). NOT USING MY PHONE.

    Recommendations?
     
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