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Old 01-15-2018, 07:27 PM   #1
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We had two of our laptops go down in the last week or so and I need to get them replaced. These are administrative machines and don’t run much (no drafting or rendering) so I don’t need a lot of power or toys. I have no clue what I’ll need to spend on them, but I would like to keep it at a minimum.

What the current machines have on them:

• Chrome
• Office 365 (full suite)
• Evernote
• Quickbooks
• Lightroom (probably the biggest drain on resources).

My only requirements are a Windows 7 machine, with 8 GB of memory and a SSD hard drive. Anything else I should consider? The last laptop I bought was about two years ago (for myself). I spent about $3k on it… I’m hoping not to go there.
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:36 PM   #2
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You scared me with this post. I thought that you're laptop crapped out. We basically bought the same thing, you got a lot more RAM than me.

I'd say stick with the Dell's. Maybe an Inspiron. Good luck with trying to get a Win7 machine.

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No… Not my unit. So far it’s a champ.

I was actually surprised by how many options were available for Win 7 machines.

The two I’m replacing are:

Toshiba – about 6 years old and a HP – about 4 years old.
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My conclusion after going through this recently.....
Dell, Lenovo, Asus, HP, pretty much in that order. My wife just ended up with an HP 360 2 in 1, because it still had the numeric keypad. She didn't like the setback to the keys on the Lenovo, & Dell dropped the numeric keypad on pretty much anything under $1400.
All of them have good, & bad reviews, but they seem to be the go to brands.
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Really love the numeric keyboard. But then again it was $2600.
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Really love the numeric keyboard. But then again it was $2600.
worth every penny imho
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Does it come on the 15" screen or just the 17"?
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I can't see much benefit in spending more than $1000 for what you do.
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I bought my Dell probably 5-7 years ago, maybe more, and its been perfect. I bought mine from delloutlet.com, used to be able to get some really good deals there.
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My first Dell lasted me 8 years. I still have it, and it still works thanks to Robie giving my his Dell that I swapped out the screen for. Mine was getting vertical lines in it, more and more.

The new one is great. 4K screen, nice and bright. Fast processor, and an M2.PCIe drive that is like lightning. I got it with 4 GB ram. I upgraded to 8 GB, but I don't think it really uses it. Always good to be on the safe side.
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I'm gonna say from the things you are running that you bought far more firepower than you need. An Acer Aspire 15" will do the job just fine for what you are doing at about 349.99. You could bump the RAM to 8 with an addition 40. If you must have SSD then the same model can be upped to 529 price with 66gb and an ssd
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My experience is that an SSD outlasts the mechanical drives. This could be coincidental.
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My experience is that SSD drives speed is worth the money. Especially with boot up times. I'm talking about the M2.PCIe drives
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SSD is the most important thing.
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The last two I bought were (high end) re-furbished ones for 200-300 bucks and updated. I bought an older Gateway with Windows 7, lots of ugrades and I've had it trouble-free for about 7 years now. With the purchase, the guy throws in free maintenance service once per year.
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The last two I bought were (high end) re-furbished ones for 200-300 bucks and updated. I bought an older Gateway with Windows 7, lots of ugrades and I've had it trouble-free for about 7 years now. With the purchase, the guy throws in free maintenance service once per year.
If you don't mind... Who's the guy?
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If you don't mind... Who's the guy?
I never noticed you were in CO. Cheers !

His name is Marc, a good straight shooting guy. He always has some nice clean machines and backs up his work. He'll transfer stuff over from your old laptops to the new ones too. Or he may even have them in his office on hand. He's in CO Springs.


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My wife purchased a 15” Samsung in November for like 1100 and it is the nicest laptop quality wise I’ve ever used. Has all the usual bells and whistles including ssd.
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for personal use I'm a big fan of off lease machines can usually get a great machine that is 2 years old for 50% or more odd retail

If you don't need portability why not consider a desktop computer

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We had two of our laptops go down in the last week or so and I need to get them replaced. These are administrative machines and don’t run much (no drafting or rendering) so I don’t need a lot of power or toys. I have no clue what I’ll need to spend on them, but I would like to keep it at a minimum.

What the current machines have on them:

•Chrome
•Office 365 (full suite)
•Evernote
•Quickbooks
•Lightroom (probably the biggest drain on resources).

My only requirements are a Windows 7 machine, with 8 GB of memory and a SSD hard drive. Anything else I should consider? The last laptop I bought was about two years ago (for myself). I spent about $3k on it… I’m hoping not to go there.
Apple. Made switch 6-7 yrs ago actually still use my 1st apple laptop and it never crash or even slowed down. All your apps ate perfectly applicable. Good luck.

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