Late adopter seeks educated input
July 22, 2011 4:10 AM Subscribe
Late adopter looking to upgrade 7yr old work and personal desktop & laptop. Please expand my mind and options with reference to gadgetry and software.
posted by the fish to computers & internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My work-provided top-end seven year old Dell desktop & laptop running XP are due for retirement. I can choose my replacements. Ipads, android tablet, Imac, new desktop, brother electric typewriter - all are up for grabs. A smartphone is not - we are not in adequate mobile range. I work from my own premises so these are also my personal computers. I want to buy new with warranty, I want it to last for five years or more, and I want to pay $3k or less to keep the boss happy.
I use the desktop around 1-3hrs per day to manage business orders and online presence, plus extra for my personal use. I like my large 19in!! screen and the 2gig ram!! But the boss says upgrade and I'm a mere employee destined to obey.
A lot of my desktop work - responding to emails etc - could be done on a smaller unit that makes me more mobile within my wifi range. But I want a big screen and a 'box' for my sit down content management work my plus personal use and storage. The laptop is only used when I need to travel for work every three months or so and usually only for emails or browsing.
I think I want a table plus big screen & box all integrated. I'd like to keep using my office 2003, photoshop 6, etc on 'the box' because they suit my needs and I have the programs. But I don't mind if other economic, easy to learn options are available I like the idea of a mobile tablet device to adore like my 1995-2000 psion pda.
I like elegance, lack of hardware and wires, a bigger screen (wall mounted perhaps, with remote control?) and the idea of a 'brain box' that operates major programs, plays dvd/cs and stores stuff as well as simply connects and integrates with the tablet / laptop replacement.
What should I buy?