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Old 10-15-2013   #1
 
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Laptop Recommendations?

Hey Buzzards,

I'm looking for a laptop for work, something that'll run MS Office suite and is somewhat upgradable, preferably with a docking station. Lightweight with a large screen is a bonus.

For under $1,000, hopefully less.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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I have had good luck with computers from Costco in that price range. Great return policy. My latest is a dell and their tech support is awesome.
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Check out MicroCenter at I-25 & 225. I really don't think you can do better with a local brick an mortar place price-wise. They often beat buying online, have great selection and customer service. Lots of tech geeks there to help you pick a machine, and you should be able to get a screamer for under a grand.

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Bad time to buy a PC, Windows 8 sucks. Buy or build a machine with no OS then find a copy of XP. MS just announced that they won't stop XP support until 2017. If thats not an option find a Win 7 machine and wait to upgrade until they fix the bugs in Win 8.
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Bad time to buy a PC, Windows 8 sucks. Buy or build a machine with no OS then find a copy of XP. MS just announced that they won't stop XP support until 2017. If thats not an option find a Win 7 machine and wait to upgrade until they fix the bugs in Win 8.
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Yeah, I'm not even looking for Windows 8 - I've heard 8 thrashes your hard drive to a very premature death. Glad to hear about XP, I figure I'll wind up with 7 though. The prospect of getting a blank machine and loading XP does have appeal though.

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WOW, all the hate for 8. Well the good news is that 8.1 is coming out soon and will act just like 7. It will be a free upgrade (or down grade depending) for windows 8 users. XP is dead! The idea of loading XP service pack ?? on black PC is not well thought out. Considering XP is end of life and scheduled to sunset soon. Plus XP hates 64 bit computers. I have been running 8 for over a year now in a high production enterprise environment and it is rock solid. Just saying.
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I have been running 8 for over a year now in a high production enterprise environment and it is rock solid. Just saying.
Are you running it on a touchscreen interface?
I've only used it on a 32bit laptop that was upgraded from Vista and it was super clunky.
MS seems to alternate good and bad OSs. XP=good, Vista=bad, 7=good, 8=bad, time for a good one.
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Are you running it on a touchscreen interface?
I've only used it on a 32bit laptop that was upgraded from Vista and it was super clunky.
MS seems to alternate good and bad OSs. XP=good, Vista=bad, 7=good, 8=bad, time for a good one.
Dell OptiPlex 755 and 745. 8 is designed to run 64 bit. One has a touch screen, but I really don't use it. 8 is the first opsys by windows truly designed to run more the 2 gigs of ram and 64 bit. All previous opsys by MS were built on a 32 bit platform and service packs were applied to fake use of more ram and bus size.

I would rate the following

XP = poor opsys would not recommend in todays computing world.
Vista = worthless
7 = still good
8 = rock solid
8.1 = 8 for dummies and solid
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As an early adopter of 8 at work I haven't had any issues. Quite frankly I find operating system details increasingly irrelevant as most services move to the cloud. That said on my system (Obscene amounts of ram, SSD, 64 bit intel corei7) it's been fast and reliable. The interface takes a little getting used to, but so does everything. You get over it and on with work in no time. I wouldn't let win8 sway your purchase one way or another. I certainly wouldn't look at anything pre win7 if you are going to run an MS OS.
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