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want to buy a laptop with docking station

by bobdep / March 12, 2013 6:21 AM PDT

I am looking to buy a 15" laptop that has a docking station.
My goal is to use it as wireless in the house only and then use it with a docking station when desktop dies.

My needs are windows 7, 2 gb of memory. It will not be used for gaming.

Main uses are spreadsheets, e-mail, and internet.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Re: laptop
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2013 6:48 AM PDT

You'll find it somewhat difficult nowadays to find a laptop with Windows 7. The promotion of Windows 8 is rather aggressive. But they still can be found.

And you'll find it even more difficult to find a laptop with only 2 GB of RAM. If you don't mind if it has more (4 GB is common) that won't be a factor, however.

For spreadsheet, e-mail and Internet every laptop/notebook you buy new at the moment (but I don't mean things sold as 'netbook' or 'tablet') will suffice. So your main criteria are 15", Windows 7 and 'it has to come with a dock'. Now visit a few shops and ask for that. Once you have a longlist (or a shortlist) come back here with it.

What, by the way, would be your usage of a dock? At work I have a laptop I put in a locker every evening. Every morning I get it out of the locker, put it on the desk, connect (a) the adaptor, (b) Ethernet, (c) the monitor via VGA and (d) keyboard, mouse and VOIP-telephone via one unpowered USB-hub. That are 4 simple actions, that together take about as much time as the laptop needs to come out of hibernate. From then on the laptop just functions as a desktop. No need at all for a dock.



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want to buy a laptop with docking station
by bobdep / March 12, 2013 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: laptop

The purpose of the docking station was to connect to my 19" monitor. When I was working and traveling I used the docking station. If this can be done easily as you stated then I will forgo the docking station chase.

Now that I am retired and need to use a larger monitor since the eyes are not what they use to be.

The 2 GB of ram was just a minimum and 4GB or more is fine.

As last resort I will consider windows 8 .

Thanks for your help

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Pretty rare today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2013 7:18 AM PDT
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want to buy a laptop with docking station
by bobdep / March 12, 2013 9:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Pretty rare today.

Thanks to all. It looks like money is better spent on a computer than docking station and then connect to larger monitor as Kees suggested.

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No dock here. I use the old connect the display as needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2013 9:27 AM PDT
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If you look at Tiger Direct and Newegg
by orlbuckeye / March 14, 2013 12:06 AM PDT

and filter for WIndows 7 either Pro or Home you will find many Windows 7 machines. I filtered for Home on Newegg and the results = 350 laptops with Windows 7 Home and 171 laptops with Windows 7 Pro. Tiger Direct also has a bunch. Where it's hard to find Windows 7 laptops are the major electronics/office stores Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot.

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If you look at Tiger Direct and Newegg - New!
by bobdep / March 14, 2013 6:19 AM PDT

Thanks for all the help. I learned that the big stores don't offer windows 7. I was just looking at them to see and feel the computer

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