My eight year old is dying! (Laptop that is..)
October 28, 2013 8:36 AM Subscribe
My eight year old laptop is about ready to bite the dust. For the last year and a half it has had permanent residence on my desk as it cannot function if it is not plugged in. The screen must be at the correct angle or it completely cuts out. It struggles to download documents and music. She has been good to me, but it is time to begin thinking about purchasing a new computer. Problem is, I’m fairly out of touch with the market now. Here are my needs with regards to a laptop. You tell me what I should be looking for.
posted by Driven to computers & internet (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
What I think I need is a reliable, portable business laptop. Most of what I do for work is research and writing based, so I don’t have any need for any specialized programs. I will be purchasing Microsoft 365 University, probably separately because I am also a student and can get a pretty substantial discount. I don’t do any gaming, but I do watch quite a bit of video. I have a 1 terabyte external hard drive that I keep most of my work on, so I’m not sure I really need anything with substantial space.
Durability/Portability – I am not sure I am any harder on electronics than anyone else, but my Dell Latitude had to have the power supply cable replaced twice and no longer holds a charge in the battery. The screen must be at the correct angle or else it shorts out. I need something that has a reputation for good durability for daily wear and tear.
Battery Life – As mentioned, I currently can’t use my laptop unless it is plugged in. Four or five hours worth of battery life doesn’t seem like it is too much to ask for, right?
Solid reputable hardware: I’ve typically held out for an Intel processor. What is the status on AMD processors? I used to hear about them overheating fairly easily. I don’t even know what I should be looking for quite frankly…
Connectivity – I spend a lot of time going through public records, real estate transactions, Lexis Nexis and WestLaw for my job and school work. Internet access is key, so WIFI connectivity should be good.
Windows 7 or Windows 8 – I will have this
computer for a while. It is my workhorse. Thus, should I be looking at Windows 8 or Windows 7?
Le Price Range: And here is the kicker. I don’t want to spend more than $700 on the whole kit and caboodle. Preferably, I would like to spend less than that.
What I’ve been looking at:
Lenovo Ideapads/ Thinkpads
Dell Latitude and Inspiron
Suggestions? Advice? Oh great and wonderful hivemind, do provide me with guidance!