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Need Rugged Computer for Lab Use

by FrontWindow / February 1, 2011 12:31 PM PST

Hi Everyone,
I am looking for a computer to use basically just for spreadsheet and text. Graphics are not a priority, and the cheaper the better. It needs to be able handle a bit of abuse without creating huge problems. Any suggestions/opinions are much appreciated!

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More info
by FrontWindow / February 1, 2011 12:38 PM PST

Right now I am thinking of getting a notebook, however I am not very familiar with the options or reputation of machines. It is an exaggeration to say that I would use it only for spreadsheets, but graphics and sound are low priorities. Price and durability are high priorities.

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There isn't much difference in the
by orlbuckeye / February 2, 2011 12:03 AM PST
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mainstream laptops as far as durability. Now the Panasonic Toughbooks are made durable and are used by local governments in public safety and code enforcement used in out side conditions (wind, dust and moisture). But the toughbooks are over $3000. So i suggest to get the cheapest i3 processor you can find.

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Found one for ya!
by WindowsTeam_Kevin / February 2, 2011 2:49 AM PST

I one that I think would be good for you, with a great price. Its the HP G42-240US for $549.

A great choice for mobile productivity and entertainment, the affordable, 14" HP? G42-240US Notebook PC with 4 GB of memory offers the latest technology and enhanced security features. Video chat from anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and the integrated HP webcam with microphone. Effortlessly access all your tasks and media with one-touch keys. Should be MORE THAN enough for what you're tying to do. Oh, it even has Blu-Ray! Here are some more specs:
Screen
14" (1366x768) HD
Processor
2.3 GHz AMD
RAM
4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Storage
320 GB HDD 7200 RPM
Operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

What do you think?

Kevin
Windows Outreach Team

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