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Business Laptop Advice

by maxpowers_37 / April 1, 2014 4:46 AM PDT

I'm looking for a business laptop for my dad. He has his current laptop plugged into an external monitor, mouse and keyboard.

He likes a laptop vs. a desktop for the space and he also travels and likes to have the data in one place. When he travels he also plugs in all the peripherals.

The problem with the current laptop is it has Windows 98 and he can't install Office 2007 or a lot of newer software.

I'm kind of overwhelmed looking at the specs for new laptops and trying to figure out what would be worth paying for.

Any ideas on a relatively affordable laptop that would be a good upgrade?

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Try this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2014 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Business Laptop Advice

At the top of this forum are laptop pickers. Try the Amazon top 100 and what do you like in the top 10 or 20?
Bob

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Not sure how to pick from those list
by maxpowers_37 / April 1, 2014 8:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this.

It doesn't look like they even have dual core. With basic business needs (working with PDFs, scanning, word, excel, etc) what kind of specs should I be looking for here? I don't want a $300 laptop that's no improvement over the existing except for the new operating system. The current laptop is just too slow with newer software and I don't want that problem a year from now.

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Just checking the list.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2014 10:29 AM PDT
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Pentium is dual core?
by maxpowers_37 / April 2, 2014 5:24 AM PDT

I didn't realize processors like the Intel Pentium-2127U were dual core.

What about reliability, build quality, service, etc? I've had bad experiences with HP and don't want to get that. Otherwise, how do I decide? Processor speed, RAM, graphics card? I

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Why not cheat?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2014 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Pentium is dual core?

That list of the top sellers is how we cheat if we want to see the crowds voting with their wallets on many aspects of laptops. In fact it's how I cheat to find the most popular of many items. After I pick one or two I can then go find reviews at CNET and Notebookcheck.

About RAM, CPU, etc. You are moving so far up from the past that these should all be great. It's not as if we are picking from a list of units that say a company wants you to buy. These are what folk are buying, not what the store is pushing.
Bob

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