Help me find my friend's new computer!
December 14, 2010 5:13 PM   Subscribe

A professor friend of mine is in the market for a new computer and printer, and has enlisted my help. I, in turn, am hoping to enlist MeFi's help. Do you have any recommendations for me?

She wants an all-in-one with a large (she didn't specify, but I'm guessing 20"+) screen. She also has a few other things on her wishlist:

1. touchscreen capability
2. Optical (DVD) burner
3. A fairly powerful processor—not a super-computer or anything, but something that won't seem sluggish in six months
4. Some video capability (she incorporates video clips into her lectures, but isn't going to be editing movies or anything)
5. Bluetooth capable

She also wants, to go with this, a wireless (bluetooth) all-in-one scanner/copier/laser printer to go with it. She's interested in colour capability, depending on the cost, but that's not an absolute requirement. She's interested in the possibility of sending faxes, too, but admits that she only sends a fax once in a blue moon. It'd be nice to have the option, though.

Other pertinent information: she's hoping she can snag a deal on this on boxing day from a local store which, in this southern Ontario town, means Best Buy, Future Shop, and I suppose Tiger Direct. Ultimately this comes down to saving money, though, so if there's a good deal somewhere else please share. I don't know how she feels about buying it online, though, as I think she values the ability to talk to somebody in person if she has a problem with it or needs to return it.

The only other thing is that she'd really like to be able to easily share folders between her laptop and this new desktop, so that she doesn't have different versions floating around. (I've suggested Dropbox but am trying to investigate other possibilities that won't leave her stuff on the Internet should she ever want to work on it offline.)

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
posted by synecdoche to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Price range? PC or Mac?
posted by Mister Fabulous at 5:25 PM on December 14, 2010


PC. She's expecting to spend under $1000 CDN.
posted by synecdoche at 5:31 PM on December 14, 2010


(I've suggested Dropbox but am trying to investigate other possibilities that won't leave her stuff on the Internet should she ever want to work on it offline.)

Dropbox works offline, no problem. When it connects, it syncs your stuff to the cloud and any other computes you have your account linked to. I use it all the time, to work on stuff on my home computer, then work on another one at different location, it's all updated seamlessly and easily.
posted by nomadicink at 5:32 PM on December 14, 2010


(Under $1000 on the computer, I mean.)
posted by synecdoche at 5:41 PM on December 14, 2010


I would suggest the Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre Multi-touch all-in-one. The All-in-One form factor hides the entire works within the body of the monitor, for a nice clean desktop.
posted by yclipse at 8:09 PM on December 14, 2010


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