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Can I replace my laptop with an iPad Pro?

My laptop, a 11-inch Macbook Air, is becoming elderly and I need to replace it. Can I just forego the laptop and get an iPad Pro instead? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Jan 3, 2017 - 11 answers

Help me pick one of the damn laptops for gaming & video editing, please?

I need a new laptop pronto, and I have a bunch of Amazon gift cards to spend! There are a couple of deals on Amazon today, but I've bought some lemons before (curse you, Lenovo!!) and I'm hoping the more computer-savvy folks of Ask Metafilter can help me pick a non-lemon this time. More info below... [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Nov 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Mac laptop(s) problem: they won't burn *dual layer* DVD+Rs anymore!

I have two Macbooks: one is a 2009 Macbook Pro, and the other is a 2012 Macbook Air. The internal Superdrive on the Pro conked out years ago (I bought it used, never wanted to pay to have that fixed) and the Air never had a Superdrive, so I've been using an external Memorex burner for about 3 years now for backing up video files (using Toast Titanium, in Data mode). Two weeks ago, I started experiencing weird issues where I was unable to burn dual-layer (8.5 GB) discs. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta on Sep 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Is the Dell Inspirion 15 5000 Series Worth It?

I'm interested in the Dell Inspirion 15 5000 Series, but I'm not sure if Dell is worth the time. Chiefly, I need a good laptop for university, photography editing, blogging, writing essays, youtube, reddit, playing chess, downloading pdf files, computer programming, and possibly Minecraft. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Aug 24, 2016 - 5 answers

Cheapest laptop able to play Steam?

Over the last couple of years I've bought a good many Steam game keys for my son, who is turning eight next month and ready (I think) for an ultra-cheap laptop. Anyone have any suggestions for the cheapest one that could handle those games? Thanks!
posted by michaeldunaway on Jun 17, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me not throw $$$ away and choose the best ultrabook.

Hi All, any input into the ultrabook world would be great. I have read ALL the ultrabook reviews, and am finding I need to choose between a good (great) screen and the 16 gb of ram I need (want). In the running are: RazorBlade Stealth, ThinkPad x260, Dell XPS 13, MacBook 12, and the Yoga 12. Are there any other good options for a 12/12.5 screen and 16 gb ram? Any recommendations form users of any of these? Thanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Feb 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Does this laptop or tablet exist?

I don't want much out of a computer, but no one seems to make what I want. I'm looking for a laptop or tablet that can do all this: 1. Great keyboard. 2. Smallish form factor. 3. Touch screen (and stylus!) so I can mark up PDFs. 4. Ability to plug in a Blu-ray player to watch movies. I don't care about operating system. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Lenovo replacement for X201

I have had the Lenovo Thinkpad X201 for over 4 years and now it is dying :(. Hoping to get a replacement-ideas and Black Friday deals would be great. [more inside]
posted by stepup on Nov 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me pick a laptop-printer-office software combo.

If I were to spend $400 to $500 (bargain basement, I know) on a laptop and printer/scanner, what would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Aug 31, 2015 - 7 answers

To iMac or not to iMac

Should I get a 27" Retina 5K iMac, or a MacBook Pro plus a 4K monitor? [more inside]
posted by dire on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 answers

A new beginning

I got a new ASUS laptop with Windows 8.1. I've removed some of the obvious bloatware, but I'm still getting minor hiccups in games, so I want to wipe everything and reinstall (I don't have the CD). I'm considering using the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" feature under the "Update and Recovery" settings. According to the official website, "Only apps that came with your PC will be reinstalled." Before I waste several hours, will this actually remove the bloatware?
posted by gorbweaver on Dec 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Best Alternative to Thinkpad T440s

What is the best alternative to a Thinkpad T series under $500 for someone who has been satisfied with a T420 until now? [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD on Nov 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Cheap laptop needed

I am in desperate need of a new laptop but I don't want to spend much money. I need the laptop for editing PDF documents. [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Best, Cheap Technology for a Science Classroom

Hey MeFites, I'm really trying to expand the use of digital technology in my classroom. Unfortunately, the resources at my school are fairly limited. However, I do have access to $1200 in grant money, assuming I can write a compelling enough proposal. Help me find some affordable tech for my classroom! Needs of class inside. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Jul 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Is Windows tolerable these days? If so, what laptop should I get?

My old MacBook just died, so I need a new computer. I'm broke, so I'm considering going back to Windows. I haven't used Windows since the XP days, and vaguely remember hating it, though I can't remember exactly why. What's Windows like these days compared to Mac OS in terms of ease of use or annoyingness? What are your favorite / least favorite features of one platform compared to the others? And if I do get a Windows machine, what models might I consider? Requirements are pretty simple: it should know how to surf the web, run Word and LaTeX, and play movies, and most importantly be cheap, reliable and long-lasting.
posted by zeri on Jul 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Where do you find laptops?

I am looking for an older model of Lenovo that I saw but cannot find it anywhere. Wondering where are the old models available and where do folks go to find deals on laptops? [more inside]
posted by jbean on May 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Where are the transflective displays?

Digital display technology is constantly marching forward, especially with smartphone manufacturers trying to one-up each other on screen thinness, DPI, and brightness. But why do no smartphones (or tablets, or laptops) use transflective displays? Simply put, a transflective display is can be seen with either backlighting or frontlighting. It is a screen that can be used both in a dark room and in direct sunlight — and the sunlight will actually make it clearer. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Apr 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Hardware downsides to a touchscreen?

I am soon to be in the market for a new laptop. I don't like touchscreens and won't use one, but I want to know if that means I should avoid a touchscreen laptop, or merely ignore the touchscreen if I end up with one. That is: do touchscreens tend to come with drawbacks in terms of durability, longevity, battery usage, sharpness, viewing angles, color reproduction, and what have you? Obviously some panels are better than others, but I'm interested in a general overview. Questions of touchscreens tend to focus on "gorilla arm" and the like, but I'm only interested in how they affect the monitor's ability to let me look at stuff.
posted by rogue haggis landing on Apr 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a light, Linux-friendly laptop with trackpoint

My Lenovo Thinkpad X220 has been falling apart for awhile, but I've resisted replacing it because shopping for laptops is annoying. But now it's definitely time for something new. I'm overwhelmed by the options, but maybe someone else who's done some laptop-shopping recently can help? I'm looking for something small and light (12-14", less than 4 lbs.), Linux-friendly, and (here's the hard part) with a trackpoint-style mouse. I use my laptop mostly for writing and general Internetting, but also for processing photos, so a decent processor and display is nice. Price isn't a huge issue. I could go with one of the newer Lenovos, and I might still, but I'm interested in other options, as well. I'm not interested in any of the Chromebooks. Any suggestions?
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me pick a travel-friendly laptop

My 6 year old Lenovo T61 is starting to have some issues so I am on the lookout for a new budget priced laptop. In scanning through reviews The Wirecutter really liked the Lenovo IdeapPad Flex. Engadget and other review sites seemed more meh about it though. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Renew expired warranty on malfunctioning laptop?

I have an out-of-warranty Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 that appears to have a failing integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 3000). The machine's only 2 years old. Replacing the motherboard would cost more than renewing the warranty ($208). Is this the way to go? A few more details follow. [more inside]
posted by woodman on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

SO close to buying a new laptop, befuddled by technical details. Help?

I posted a question here about this last year, but since then my old laptop went belly-up and now I need to find a good replacement in kind of a hurry. I am looking for a few features and I don't have a lot to spend, but I have a big bunch of Amazon gift certificates I went to use on this. I am not a tech-head and trying to find the right laptop is confusing the heck out of me. Please, won't some kind soul help me? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Feb 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Buy a laptop now, or wait a few months?

I'm in the market for a new laptop, but have been completely ignoring hardware improvements and release cycles for years. I'm looking for something under $700. Are new models on the horizon? Should I buy something now, or wait a few months for a better deal? I'm not in any particular rush, so if new processors are coming out soon which will drop prices on old models substantially, I'm down to wait a month or two. What should I buy and when should I buy it? Requirements insides. [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Sep 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Cheap, great laptop recommendations?

I really need a cheap, new-ish laptop to make my Youtube cartoons. I have very little to spend, so I'm hoping you smart folks on the TG Comics board have some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Back to school what laptop to buy

I have a grandson who is going to college. I have 400 dollars to use to buy him a laptop as a surprise. I see several sites with bundles etc. I just want to see what the blue says how I can get the most laptop bang for my buck.
posted by Upon Further Review on Aug 7, 2013 - 28 answers

Help selecting a laptop, light coding and gaming

So, I know there have been variations on this theme but could use some advice on a laptop purchase. I mainly use a mac for work but would like a windows machine for light gaming (current games like Assasin's Creed, etc), but also for coding (LAMP stack) and running a Linux VM. [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Ultrabook recommendations for summer 2013.

I'm in the market for an ultrabook with the following specs:
  • 13" or larger
  • 256 GB SSD (or user-upgradable)
  • 8GB RAM (or user-upgradable)
  • available with Win7
  • touchscreen, tablet mode, and other niceties strictly optional
I'd like to spend less than $2000 all told. What are my options?
posted by Nomyte on Jul 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Lenovo T530 or Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Which of these laptops should I get? It is a personal preference or is one better than the other? This will be mostly used for business. But I will be taking it home with me in the evenings and it will be my main primary laptop for everyday use. Both laptops have 8 GB ram, 256 SSD hard drives. 15" screens. The Lenovo has a optical drive and more ports. The Macbook Pro doesn't have an optical drive and only two USB ports.
posted by alshain on Jun 21, 2013 - 25 answers

light laptop to bring to my son

My son, in Israel, will soon begin graduate school while also keeping his job. He will need a fairly light laptop, 17 inch screen, for school and home use, but we want to buy it here, where it is a lot less expensive, and he does not want to spend a lot and so has asked that we not get a Mac (Air) or any Mac. What PC laptop is likely to be both fairly lightweight and also a decent computer that will be relatively trouble free and a decent machine?
posted by Postroad on Apr 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me strip my laptop down to an ancient email checking machine

I have a six year old hp pavillion laptop. It is slow and often infuriating. However, I don't use it for anything too demanding so I figure there are better things I could spend my money on than a shiny new computer. Help me figure out how to make my computer spend it's energy doing what I need it to do and nothing more. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Feb 6, 2013 - 25 answers

17" gaming laptop with 1920x1200 screen

Is anyone still manufacturing high-end laptops with 1920x1200 (not 1920x1080) screens? I'm looking for a luggable/7.5 to 8 pound size, 17" screen laptop, Ivy Bridge based Core i7 CPU with a serious dedicated GPU and 1920x1200 screen. Everything I can find uses 1920x1080. Battery life is not a concern, this would be used in a role like an occasionally relocated, folding desktop PC.
posted by thewalrus on Jan 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Laptops with high pixel density displays?

What PC laptops today have high pixel density (similar to Apple's retina displays) IPS or PLS displays?
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Suddenly erratic touchpad on MacBook Pro

My MacBook's touchpad went wrong this morning. Everything I do is suddenly like fighting with a ghost. Mac forums are useless. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 6, 2012 - 16 answers

I need your used laptop expertise

Pre-Used Laptops - Recommend a Workhorse [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me recycle/donate my old laptops.

What to do with old laptops? I have one 13 year old Dell Latitude, doesn't turn on, probably useless (?) and a 4 or 5 year old Inspiron1505, still works okay, should have utility for someone. I'd like to know how to best dispose of the old one, and best securely wipe/possibly donate the more recent one. Are these appropriate/feasible goals? I have a ceramic drill bit if drilling through hard drives is required, and I live in a city, so I expect I'd have a range of options if things need to be done. Thanks in advance for your help! Any and all replies are appreciated.
posted by pineapple carver on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Two laptops, just taking up space

What can I do with these old laptops? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Resale value for laptops

Where can I view and compare the expected resale value of different laptops? [more inside]
posted by devnull on May 25, 2012 - 6 answers

How to use a desktop pc as a hub for laptops to share a projector?

Can I use a desktop PC connected to a projector as a hub for laptops to present their screens on demand? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 25, 2012 - 8 answers

What laptop do I need for photo and video editing (and playing Minecraft at a higher framerate)?

What laptop do I need for photo and video editing (and playing Minecraft at a higher framerate)? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Feb 29, 2012 - 12 answers

MacBook Pro w SSD?

Any Mac gurus out there ready to predict when we can expect a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive, like the Air, as a standard feature? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Feb 14, 2012 - 20 answers

I want to rebuy my old laptop--but new. Suggestions?

I bought a Dell Inspiron 1420 in 2007. It is too slow now and has too little memory. And I fear it will start to have hardware issues soon. I want to replace it, but I want the same features I had before, in particular the really solid feel (this thing is all metal, I haven't seen anything like it in stores) that seems to have been abandoned today in favor of lightness. [more inside]
posted by laskagirl on Jan 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Picking between two Macs - epitome of first world problems.

Do I want an May 2010 MacBook Pro or a new MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Dec 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Printable labels without messy residue

Labels I can print at work that won't leave residue? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Oct 28, 2011 - 6 answers

What matters when buying a laptop battery?

How can I be sure that I didn't get ripped off with a replacement laptop battery with regards to number of cells, voltages and mAh ratings? [more inside]
posted by daHIFI on Oct 12, 2011 - 10 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I need to buy a new PC laptop and have no clue where to start. My criteria: Good hardware, sleek design, good speakers, AWESOME customer service, NOT a macbook, under $900. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Any good $700 laptops?

I've got $700, what's the best general purpose laptop I can get? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld on Jun 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Whether or not to claim stolen, damaged, and ultimately returned property on homeowner's insurance.

Help us decide what to do about a claim on our homeowner's insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Refurbish My Dell or Buy New?

I have a Dell Vostro 1500 that has good build quality and I have loved it for the past 4 years. However, the sound amp has gone out and I'm needing a new keyboard, plus it's still running XP so I thought I'd check out new laptops. ALL Dell laptops now come with "truelife" (glossy) displays and I can no longer get a matte display like I have on my Vostro. So.....is it worth it to try to get mine locally refurbed or should I bite the bullet and get a new laptop? I have no idea what a rehab would cost versus a new laptop. More than anything, I just love the way my current laptop "feels." (You know?) FYI, I have an iPad and it does most everything I need to do anymore, but still need a laptop with Windows for work-related things. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

The right PC laptop to install OSX on?

Can you help me find the right PC laptop to install OSX on? [more inside]
posted by keeo on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Desktop Computer Decline

I'm looking into the decline of desktop computer sales and would like the latest percentage figures vs laptops and if possible mobile devices like the iPad.
posted by nam3d on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

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