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Need help which laptop to get for small business

by dknepp / May 12, 2009 7:25 AM PDT

I'm starting a new Small business and need help on which laptop and features to get on it. I'm not by any means computer savy as to what might need on the bones of the computer.

The business I'm starting is a Mural business. I would be using the laptop to show my work to clients, download & store photos,create invoices, flyers ect., normal small business accounting, inventory...
Also have an interet web site, emails.

I would like last for couple of years, before maybe having to up grade but also need to budget concious

I been looking a dell studio 17. around the $1200.

Can someone please assist me..
Thank you

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Need help which laptop to get for small business
by diazed129 / May 12, 2009 12:35 PM PDT

So you just need a laptop for normal usage i can say, not for gaming or design.
$1200 for Dell is a little expensive, look at this Dell Mini 10v netbook: here, i just bought one no it for a decent price, and you can change the features as your own need.

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One word . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 13, 2009 12:22 AM PDT



They make business laptops. I currently have three, and three others are with family members. All still working perfectly.

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by dknepp / May 13, 2009 2:01 AM PDT
In reply to: One word . . .

Thank for the info. But I need more help. I'm not computer savy at all. I'm lost as to what I need or what computer to get.

Need advise as to what needs to be on the computer for starting a small Mural business from home.

I'd be using it for showing my work to customers on the go, storing lots of photos, web site, invoices inventory, schedualing, and basic business things. I would also need to have a lot of the photo shop programs on it.

Does anyone have more detail infor they can share or help me with.

THank you Dawn

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OK, try here . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 13, 2009 4:21 AM PDT

The T500 would be excellent for your needs. Powerful processor, lots of RAM, and an enhanced graphics setup for photos. Great spring prices.

IBM/Levono products are designed for business. Excellent support here in the states. Next time you are in a professional environment, take note of what other professionals are using.

I used to do course development for AT&T. I used my ThinkPad as a desktop. It never missed a beat and I used Power Point, extreme graphics, and all versions of Microsoft Office.
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One more link . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 13, 2009 4:26 AM PDT

Five of my ThinkPads came from here

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This might help!
by CodyG [WINDOWS-TEAM] / May 14, 2009 5:57 AM PDT


First off, congrats on your new business! Something that is pretty useful for narrowing down your search might be this new application out from Microsoft called ?Laptop Scout,? which is designed to help people find a computer that best fits their needs and budget. Here?s a link to the site:

I did a quick search on the site using some of the things you mentioned (storage space, web access, $1200 budget) and came up with a few potential matches for you. One of them is the Samsung P460, which costs around $1176, has all the features you?re looking for, and even comes with a fingerprint lock for added security. Another option could be the Lenovo IdeaPad U330, which is a little cheaper.
A great thing about the Laptop Scout is that it also provides links back to reviews, so you can make sure you have all the info you need to find the laptop that fits you and your business? needs. I hope you find it useful!

Be sure to let me know what model you finally decide on!
Windows Outreach Team

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Here you go.
by Renegade Knight / May 15, 2009 7:15 AM PDT

Lenovo T400.

I suggest that over the T500 because you want to take it around to clients. The T500 is a 15" and the T400 is a 14" they are about the same though the 14 has a couple more monitor options.

Get the version with a Nigh Nit Display. The briger display will help clients visualize. Other than that you could get the cheapest version that they have for your needs.

2bg of RAM would suffice if you want to upgrade.

Beyond that, your needs are really basic so this will do the job.

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