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Laptop advicelotterypick
Oct 20, 2003 7:29 AM
My computer got fried. I'm thinking of getting a laptop for very basic computer work, spreadsheets, word processor and cd/dvd stuff.

ANy advice or things to beware of. Thanks.
do you really need a laptop?ColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 7:55 AM
Are you going to be hauling it around a lot? Travelling? Laptops are going to be way more $ than a desktop for comparable features.
Oct 20, 2003 8:12 AM
wouldn't haul it around a lot but I have two sons 9 and 7 and they have various activities.

The main purpose of the laptop was so that one or the other could do their homework, or my wife could do her stuff while their at swim team etc., without having to be home.

Right now, they get home after having to travel doing stuff and then get on the computer for the rest of the night, it's horrible to me as I'd like some time with them.

THe laptop, I thought, would allow the option of them doing stuff while commuting in the car or my wife waiting between driving and waiting times or when we travel to some place for a wedding or whatever. They could get things done (during the reception or whatever) and it'd be effective at making mroe time for us as a family.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Having written that, I guess we would/could nmlotterypick
Oct 20, 2003 8:13 AM
re: Laptop adviceNo_sprint
Oct 20, 2003 9:10 AM
Laptops are great. Wireless networking is great. You don't need to dedicate an entire space for the desktop and all it's wires and attachments.

I recommend Dell for worry free support, great prices, etc. If you're near a University I can't recommend strongly enough checking out their computer store for *academic discounts*. You can get Dells for less than advertised anywhere, if they sell Dell.

Desktops will never go away, however, the trend in business is going this way. You can find laptops advertised all over as *desktop replacements* mostly because pricing is equalizing.
I'll head on over to UCSB Friday. Thanks. nmlotterypick
Oct 20, 2003 9:49 AM