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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: 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

Where to go and what to expect for laptop repair?

My laptop's screen isn't working. Where in Chicago should I take it to be fixed? What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Dec 27, 2010 - 5 answers

NR 15?

Should I buy this higher-end gaming laptop now, or are there alternatives/developments around the corner I don't know about and/or should wait for? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Too many apples on the tree to choose from!

Yet another what-laptop-should-I-buy question. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Nov 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Setting up 60 laptops for loan in a busy academic library?

Setting up 60 laptops for loan in a busy academic library? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

give me my card!

Lenovo g460 graphics auto-switching? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Sep 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside.

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 29, 2010 - 16 answers

which ibm laptop should i get?

Which new IBM laptop should I get? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Aug 17, 2010 - 17 answers

aggghhh

Internet Problem where I can't access most websites. Please help because I am pulling my hair out. (Do I have a virus?) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Aug 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for a notebook computer with very small pixels. How to search?

I want a laptop / notebook computer with very small pixels. How do I better articulate this, and more to the point, search for it? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Jul 29, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I monitor internet use in my class?

How should I respond to students who read emails and surf the net during a class I teach? [more inside]
posted by ChicagoTherapyConnection on Jun 24, 2010 - 83 answers

throwing out the old, bringing in the new[ish]

Help me with all these questions about buying a used/refurbished laptop, plz. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Anti-virus filter

anti-virus filter [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Mar 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Build quality of laptops.

What laptop manufacturers are the best when it comes to build quality and which should be avoided? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Feb 5, 2010 - 46 answers

Help me to build the ultimate IT Help Desk for a 1:1 Laptop program at a K-12 private school.

Help me to build the ultimate IT Help Desk for a 1:1 Laptop program at a K-12 private school. [more inside]
posted by mrbarrett.com on Nov 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find a cheap computer please.

What is the best online deal for a laptop in the range of $300 to $500? This seems to change month-to-month, so I have not relied on earlier posts. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

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