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help.. buy now or wait???

by debbma / September 29, 2009 5:44 AM PDT

I'm planning on purchasing a laptop very soon but I don?t know if I should buy now or wait till after Microsoft Office 7 updates later this fall

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Your Choice.... But I'm Waiting..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 5:52 AM PDT

Specially with a laptop.. We've found hardware included with a new operating system seems to have a little more success than adding on an operating system to hardware designed for something else.. Is it always a problem, No, but the success ratio seems to be a little better.

In addition, if the laptop fails because of hardware/software problems, the warranty issues are a little easier to deal with when the operating system is the original model.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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buy now or wait
by debbma / September 29, 2009 5:58 AM PDT

Thank you it makes it much easier when it is explained. Any suggestions on the best make/model?

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depends on what you want to do...
by d_adams / September 29, 2009 11:29 AM PDT
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but I'd get one with at least a 2GHz core 2 duo processor, 2GBs of memory, and a good graphics board. Don't buy the "minimum system requirements" for any operating system, if you want the computer to run fast. It might cost a few hundred dollars extra, but it is definitely worth it!

As for models, well, I've heard that Sony's Vaio laptops are very good. Dell makes reasonably cheap Studio laptops that are pretty good, and HP has a bewildering array of makes and models with reasonably good specs at fairly good prices. If I were you, I'd go to the store and look at all of them to get a good feel for what worked good for you, then go home and buy the one you liked best online (it's usually cheaper online).

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Another Personal Choice..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 1:36 PM PDT
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Everyone will have a different opinion on which brand is the best.. I've used a number of different brands and I tend to buy based upon my needs.. How fast? How expensive? What am I going to be doing with the computer? Etc.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Buy or wait
by Phil Crase / September 30, 2009 1:15 AM PDT
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I'd wait for 7 to come out then get a L/T. Stay with INTEL CORE 2 DUO, processor. There are several brands to choose from, Sony, Toshiba, HP, Dell, etc. Stay with 4gb of ram which is commonplace these days for 64 bit capability. Shop around, you should be able to come up with something fairly reasonably. Good luck!

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I can wait. So I do. But 2 things I want to share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2009 2:12 AM PDT

1. Look to the past history of machines sold with older Windows with free upgrades. The history is not good here. Yes, it worked for 98 percent of us but why would I want to be in the 2 percent if I could avoid it by waiting just a few weeks?

2. This is very technical but adds to why I can barely wait for Windows 7. Read the comments about "Microsoft listens" at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410-8.html

Now it takes a lot of reading to comprehend what is going on but Windows 7 did finish sooner. It looks like a speed freak's dream come true.
Bob

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some tips
by jeff_windows_team / September 30, 2009 3:22 AM PDT
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