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    My tech-savy daughter suggests Toshiba, Lenovo, then possibly HP or Dell. As seen in this thread, brand name is just ONE of many factors to dial in.

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    Thoughts and prayers to anyone dealing with cancer. You are tougher than I sir.

    As far as the laptops, I am a bit of a Mac-head now. I can't recall the last time I have had a laptop for so long. 6 years and going strong on the little MacBook I have here. Can't kill it and it works great still today.

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    I appreciate all the feedback. I finally did get a computer. ( I won't bore you with the HORRIBLE experience at Fry's yesterday!)

    Found out that today just about everything is 11" or 15.6" and I had my heart set on 14". Went to the local Navy Exchange and they had a bunch of Toshiba Satellite L745 with they had taken off main sales floor, replaced with tablets etc. These were brand new, Toshiba facory sealed boxes. Original retail was $575, NEX price was $495, sale price today $395. Works great, I am a happy camper!

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    Glad to hear you found a deal.

    I recently started using a Google tablet ($200), which does everything I need while away from home, and then some. Not only that, but it is a lot more convenient for snapping, storing, & sharing photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvin_smith View Post
    I want to buy a branded laptop, do anyone suggest me the best brand for laptop.
    The last I knew, multiple brands can typically come from the same assembler just like with MTD and lawnmowers ... http://www.mtdproducts.com/webapp/wc...0_1341879_Y_-1

    I am presently reviving a Dell 1525 that will accept a top from a matching Toshiba. So like Jimbo did, shop for price with a brand you believe you can trust.


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    My tech-savy daughter suggests Toshiba, Lenovo, then possibly HP or Dell ...

    ... Toshiba Satellite L745 ... sale price today $395. Works great, I am a happy camper!
    Sounds great to me, congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Currently using a very old Dell Latitude D610, XP Professional. It is slow and battery life is just about 1 1/4 hours. My requirements are very modest :
    most important is to stay on the small side for ease of schlepping around with it. I use it in bed while on the 5fu pump, and take it to the chemo center to help pass the 5 hours down there. Small and
    car parts lightweight. I think a 14" would be OK but may the 15.6"? I have no extraordinary usage requirements...no photoshop, etc. I just check email and post on the forum trying not to annoy hj too much! I stream some audio ( old time radio shows) which actually works fine even on this dinosaur. I don't think I really need to stream video, but .....maybe.......
    Not much need for gigantic on board memory or hard drive.

    Any thoughts? Thanks,
    Hello I need a laptop soon so which will you recommend now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Undfusk View Post
    Hello I need a laptop soon so which will you recommend now?
    Anything older , something that has Win 7 and you will be good.

    If you use a touch screen only then Win 8 is OK , as long as you don't get a BS trial version.

    Get Pro.

    Many refurbished machines just have updated OSs, you can roll the OS back and have a nice-new machine, For cheap.

    Vista and XP is great, depending what you use the computer for, they may be a good choice.
    Last edited by DonL; 02-27-2013 at 10:54 AM.
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    Well, I have been using the Toshiba for 4 months now....no complaints. Battery life if I cycle it once in a while to get a good charge...is only about 3 hours, or a little more. It does help a lot to turn down the screen brightness button a couple of clicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Well, I have been using the Toshiba for 4 months now....no complaints. Battery life if I cycle it once in a while to get a good charge...is only about 3 hours, or a little more. It does help a lot to turn down the screen brightness button a couple of clicks.

    Were you able to make a Backup set of Windows DVDs ?

    What Version of Windows did it come with ?

    I like my Toshiba laptop better than my Dell. And like my HPs the most, not sure they are any better, They just work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    Were you able to make a Backup set of Windows DVDs ?

    What Version of Windows did it come with ?

    I like my Toshiba laptop better than my Dell. And like my HPs the most, not sure they are any better, They just work.
    Came with windows 7 home premium. I have not made back up disks....hard for me to deal with those kinds of problems. If something that bad went wrong, I would take it to my guru

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    A couple of years ago I went with a Mac!
    I'm never going back and I love it!

    Yea, it costs more but it is worth every penny...

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    Buy a used dell E6400 on **** for $300 with windows 7. It is a great computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanOfWorms View Post
    Buy a used dell E6400 on **** for $300 with windows 7. It is a great computer.

    You can get them cheap refurbished.

    Not bad for the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvin_smith View Post
    I want to buy a branded laptop, do anyone suggest me the best brand for laptop.
    Dell is best of all.

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