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Help me find a spinner laptop bag/briefcase

I've been traveling a lot and my overstuffed backpack is wreaking havoc on my back. Help me find a better solution? [more inside]
posted by Karessa on Apr 27, 2016 - 4 answers

how to get a good laptop??

i am student and need a better laptop for my thesis. my field is computer engineering and i work with laptop for programming. i want to bye a new laptop that has a good speed and the money that i want to pay for that is about 800$. please help me to choose the best one
posted by msmryh on Apr 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Replace the PSU in my Lenovo, or junk this POS?

Lately my Lenovo G510 has been restarting when I move it. A little research suggests it's a bad power supply unit. This machine is less than two years old, but it's never worked that well and I don't know if it's worth another repair or if I should just get a new laptop. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Apr 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Help buying a nice laptop with Linux pre-installed

I'm looking to buy a nice new Linux laptop and having trouble finding many reviews online of the various options. [more inside]
posted by parkin on Apr 16, 2016 - 17 answers

What is 'bloatware', why should I care, and how do I fix it?

After some research I have decided to buy this laptop, which has great specs for the price - but multiple reviews (like this one) say that while it's a good computer, it's "full of bloatware, which takes time (or a fresh Windows installation) to clean up." I barely even know what that means, much less how to actually go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Best way to clean personal info off work computer?

My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
posted by qldaddy on Mar 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Can I salvage $50 out of this dinosaur?

I have an old laptop to get rid of. How to best get a few dollars out of this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 27, 2016 - 8 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Any way to do a factory reset on a laptop that will not power up?

Is there any way to wipe a computer that cannot be booted? [more inside]
posted by tillei on Mar 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for a good (cheap) laptop for photo and video editing

Going to be doing some freelance photo/video work for an event and it looks like I will need a new laptop. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Should I wait for the 4th gen lenovo x1 carbon, or buy now?

I'm thinking of buying a Lenovo X1 Carbon. I think these are the last days of the 3rd-gen X1 Carbon, with the 4th-gen ones coming out pretty soon. Is there a reason to wait for the 4th gen x1 carbon before ordering? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Mar 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Slim backpack for 17.3" laptop

I'm looking for a slim, minimalist backpack for a 17.3" laptop. Degree of difficulty: laptop measures about 1" larger both width and height compared to a 17" Macbook Pro, so I think a lot of 17" bags designed to snugly fit a MBP are going to be a smidge too small. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Feb 28, 2016 - 7 answers

wide screen laptops without trackpads?

Back in the day I had a Toshiba Libretto L5. A small, widescreen laptop with a pointing nub in the middle of the keyboard. I really loved this form factor. Is there is modern laptop or "2 in 1" that is similar? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Feb 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Reputable seller of laptop parts?

I want to replace the failing keyboard on my off-brand laptop. Where do I find a reputable seller? [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist on Feb 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Laptop purchase advice: optimizing for hw durability and performance

I'm in the market for a new laptop and want to buy one that will last. I'm OS flexible (PC or Mac) but want something that will last 5 years min. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Feb 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking for "pulpit for table"

Hello, I am looking for something that could be called, a "pulpit for table". The thing is that I am not sure how it is called so I can't search for it yet, if it exists. Let me describe it: [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Laptop purchase?

I'm trying to scope out a quality laptop that is available for purchase, but there are a few specifications that are causing complications. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 8, 2016 - 11 answers

Inexpensive refurb or used ruggedized laptop?

Can you suggest a ruggedized laptop in the same vein as the Panasonic Toughbook, able to run Win7 but perhaps a couple to a few years old and relatively inexpensive? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jan 29, 2016 - 2 answers

I want a custom Lenovo W541, probably not from Lenovo directly.

So, Power Notebooks is suddenly out of business and I don't know where else I can get what I want. I worked out a spec for a new custom Lenovo W541 with them. Went to actually order it today, but the company is out of business. Where can I get the notebook I want? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Laptop case for travel

Need a good case/sleeve (?) (padded) for laptop for travel [more inside]
posted by stepup on Jan 10, 2016 - 7 answers

New laptop hard drive transition

Just got a new laptop but my old laptop's hard drive is better. How do I switch new laptop to booting from old laptop's hard drive while keeping all the files? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Inexpensive Graphics PC Workarounds

Recommendations for a super-cheap, portable PC that can run Rhino (3D modeling graphics software)? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Dec 30, 2015 - 12 answers

New PC laptop seeks security

Best security software for my new Windows 10 laptop? Any other advice to ensure my computer's life gets off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Basic Tools for Boxing Week Sale Comparison shopping?

I want to buy a cheap notebook/netbook. It seems like (maybe?) buying it this week will get me a cheaper price? What should I be doing in order to find the best piece of hardware I can get for ~$300 CAD. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Pulling pictures from old phones & laptops, oh my!

Is there a service that pulls pictures and videos from a bunch of old phones, laptops & Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

The 2 key on my laptop is broken, how to cope

My laptop has developed a thing where the 2 key, which had been intermittent for a couple of weeks, now seems to be completely kaput. How to deal with this? If not to fix it, then maybe to cope with it until my next computer? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Laptop charged, house lights flicker. What's going on?

I've just moved into a new (to me) house. (The house itself is old and quite funky.) I brought with me my extant Macbook Pro (most-recent vintage). I'm finding that when my computer is fully charged and the charging cable is plugged in (green light), the house lights flicker. [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Dec 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Is a gaming laptop just a bad idea?

Can one buy a gaming laptop that not overheat on a regular table and still play modern games? (Hopefully for under $2000) [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Dec 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Portable Riser For A Tablet?

Looking for a small riser or contraption that will raise my Surface Pro 4 up 6-7" for ergonomics. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Dec 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Does anyone sell Lenovo Y500 motherboards? Am I crazy?

Is there any way to get a replacement motherboard for a Lenovo Y500 laptop? It's a relatively new computer. I'm surprised by what my repair guy is telling me. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Mile High Performance Computing

The servers won't fit in the carry-on space. Help me find a Lappy that can? [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski on Nov 27, 2015 - 9 answers

I'd like to get a new laptop, a bit better than the one I have

I want a small laptop that I can use to watch netflix and videos, and play steam games on. I often hook it up to my projector, so it needs an HDMI output. I am also curious about possibly getting one with a touchscreen to I can draw and make art in bed. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Nov 27, 2015 - 3 answers

How to find a cheap laptop on black friday? (Columbus Ohio)

I am willing to buy online or in a brick and mortar store, I just want a low to mid end laptop for as cheap as possible (Under $300?) I wanna watch netflix and check my e-mails on it. How do I go about finding a very good deal laptop on black friday? I'm in Columbus Ohio. Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Nov 26, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I remove internet access from a Windows laptop?

For various tl;dr reasons summarized within, I would like to have a laptop that has no internet access. Changing settings, using internet filters, etc. are not an option. I need a laptop that has no hope whatsoever of connecting with the internet. I've tried to do this myself with my tiny brain and limited experience and failed. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Nov 18, 2015 - 37 answers

Small form factor computational device with USB and Wifi

I need to know what else is out there that has a USB port, and a Wifi antenna, is cheap, and can be carried with me on a trip (on foot). Keyboard, Disk drive, HDD larger than 32GB are all basically unnecessary. [more inside]
posted by shenkerism on Nov 10, 2015 - 17 answers

On a laptop with UHD/QHD/4K hi-res display, will I have scaling issues?

I've been reading about new laptops with very high resolution such as 3200x1800, 3840x2160, etc. It sounds amazing for my programming, it's a big plus to view more code on the screen at a time. But I've heard that the ultra-high resolution will make it difficult to even read the text, without scaling, which some say is problematic even in Windows 10 (and especially with an auxiliary monitor). Can someone advise who has firsthand experience with this? Should I wait until UHD/4K technology (and Windows) matures a bit more, before shooting for such high res? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Nov 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Securing an SSD

I replaced my laptop's hard drive, and it sometimes comes loose because it doesn't fit snugly into the compartment. Solutions? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Nov 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Is moving from MacBook to Windows Laptop (running Linux) a good idea?

Has anyone had success transitioning from MacBook to a Windows laptop running Linux? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Apartment + Projector + Chromecast + wireless speakers = possible?

At the age of 32, I've finally become an adult with my own apartment. Now I need an adult-sized audio/visual set up. Is it possible to have Chromecast (or other) plugged into a projector, and somehow getting the audio to go to wireless speakers? Also, when the projector is turned off, I'd like to be able to use those wireless speakers with Spotify. How do I set it all up? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 14, 2015 - 13 answers

I would just tape the laptop to my back if it would stay on

What's the thinnest laptop "backpack" I can get? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Oct 13, 2015 - 14 answers

facedown in the mainstream

I've got a newish laptop (1.5 yr old, Samsung, Windows 8) that pretty much exclusively is used these days to stream sports to my tv via hdmi. I'd like a slightly more elegant set-up than I currently have, which has it sitting on a little stool next to the tv. [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Do I need a desktop or laptop?

Do I need a desktop or laptop, and which model? My desktop died yesterday, and I'm trying to figure out what to replace it with... [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Oct 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Water + MBP. How screwed am I?

Water (a couple spoons, tops) got into my one-month-old MBP. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Why is my new (old) laptop not connecting to the internet?

I've just recently received a secondhand Compaq C700 laptop running Windows Vista. Wireless is disabled but I've got an ethernet cord attached and it's showing that it's connected to my LAN, but I can't access any web pages using Firefox, Chrome or Windows Explorer. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Super special snowflake laptop edition

I am thinking of getting my son a laptop but I have no idea where to start looking. And there is a list of what this laptop has to be able to do. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 6, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I get ALL of my stuff from Scribd to Laptop?

So I have a scribd account and been downloading to the Kindle. Don't like the feel and it's way too small to read at leisure. Would much like better to get it ALL on the laptop running Win 7 and be done with it. Downloaded Calibre but haven't been able to synch between scribd and laptop. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Help me buy a laptop

So I, or rather the good lady, need a new laptop. I'm tech and computer savvy but out of touch with the constant flow of improvements so not sure what I should be looking for. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Aug 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Desktop replacement laptop needed.

My husband is looking for a laptop to replace his desktop. Weight is not an issue but power (lots) and screen size (large) are. Battery life doesn't really matter either. He currently uses the computer to: browse the internet, play lots of Steam games (windows), and do some 3D modeling (SolidWorks). Looking for around $1000 price range. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Aug 26, 2015 - 22 answers

Dock or hub for MacBook Air

Looking for a hub or docking station that will connect a 2015 MacBook Air to one, or ideally, two external monitors with VGA ports (I can't buy newer monitors), and enough USB ports for my mouse, phone charger, and hard drive. The hub will be stationary on my office desk, and I'd like to be able to get into work everyday and connect it to my laptop with a single connection, either USB or Thunderbolt, without fussing with cables. Would prefer something that's not too bulky. My budget is around $50 for the hub and all necessary adapters, but can go up to $100.
posted by redlines on Aug 24, 2015 - 12 answers

laptop/device recommendation. difficulty level - devops support

i am looking for a device that i will be carrying when i am not at home so i can provide amazon aws support. it must have a terminal and ssh client that can be configured with multiple keys, a browser/apps that can deal with various sites like slack and pivotal tracker. and lastly, it must be super cheap, so when i eventually lose it or have it stolen, there will be no cares given. [more inside]
posted by lescour on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

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