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Old 03-03-2016, 03:05 PM   #21
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Another lenovo fan - durable, good customer support, etc. I have a Thinkpad carbon X1 that I like.
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Another lenovo fan - durable, good customer support, etc. I have a Thinkpad carbon X1 that I like.
Durable? (ears perking up) After hearing that, I just might try one sometime.
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We are Lenovo T-series as well. I traveled a lot for work and am very accustomed to using the trackpoint so that is a must have for me... this old dog does not want to change to a thumbpad. We have had good luck with our in terms of durability.
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For work I have had Dell laptops that have held up very well. For home I have had a couple HP's that were troublesome and a couple Toshibas that also held up very well.
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Old 03-03-2016, 03:45 PM   #25
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Since the OP already has a desktop, maybe consider an iPad for travel and surfing around the home, away from the desk?
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Old 03-03-2016, 03:49 PM   #26
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I keep my business stuff on a Dell laptop--about a $400 unit on sale.

We caught a Acer basic 10.6" laptop the other day for $129 at Target on sale, and it's a jim dandy little unit to travel with and do basic internet duties. We also have a Chromebook to surf the net with--when we can find it.

I've given up on traveling with my 17" and 15" laptops.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:59 PM   #27
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I keep my business stuff on a Dell laptop--about a $400 unit on sale.

I've given up on traveling with my 17" and 15" laptops.
Me too! Such a nuisance when going through airport security, even with TSA pre-check, and the weight and bulk in luggage.
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I'm a MacBook Pro guy. After years of watching DW struggle with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, I've finally convinced her to switch to a MacBook Pro and she loves it. MacBook reliability is far superior to any PC brand I've dealt with.


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Old 03-03-2016, 05:17 PM   #29
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TSA Pre Check shouldn't require taking the laptop out.

Most airports will not demand that you take out iPads and put on its own tray but I've run into one or two airports which do.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:12 PM   #30
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I like a desktop for home use, and its flexibility, low cost, and replaceable parts.
I use it with dual monitors

I do have small laptop for travel 8G ram, SSD I just put in, its handy but the screen is only about 12" which seems small compared to my dual 25" monitors.
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I've had bad luck with HP laptops (but good luck with their desktops). I had a lenovo (lesser model than thinkpad) that was pretty much crap... but I had a thinkpad at work that was indestructible and awesome... so if you go Lenovo, don't get one of the cheaper models.

I wanted a lightweight/small notebook for our big trip last summer. I ended up with a low end Dell Inspiron 11. It does just fine. I don't do gaming so I don't need the megaprocessing. It has touch screen, converts to tablet mode. Basically it has everything I want except a number keypad. (I have to use the numbers at the top of the keyboard). I'd buy it again. It was sub $400 which suited my budget.
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I work in IT and have been buying Lenovo Thinkpad T-series for just under 10 years. I usually have around 40 in use daily. They are rock solid. I bought a lower end Lenovo for personal use. It works fine but don't like the feel of it nearly as much as the Thinkpad.
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I'm a MacBook Pro guy. After years of watching DW struggle with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, I've finally convinced her to switch to a MacBook Pro and she loves it. MacBook reliability is far superior to any PC brand I've dealt with.


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Another ThinkPad user at work and HP/Dell user at home here. The ThinkPads have been robust and reliable. The HP Envy 15" has been okay...heavy and slow to boot, but reasonably reliable. The Dell XPS13 is thin, light, sexy, very quick (with a 256GB SSD), but has had charging problems lately. I think I would go with the Dell XPS15 with an SSD if I were to buy a new laptop now. It's relatively light, has the larger screen that helps these dimming eyes, boots quickly, and is moderately priced.
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Here's an interesting alternative to Windows or Mac OS X for very old comptures. They seem to become psuedo ChromeBooks.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...to-chromebook/

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I am a big Surface fanboi (tapping this from my Surf Pro 3 in tablet mode right now), but my input here is to strongly consider buying whatever laptop at microsoftstore.com. Reason: MS sells all of them as "Signature" devices, which means they strip off all the crapware that the OEMs put on. That bloatware will put a drain on any device, and really pinch the lower end models. There is also a 10% education discount if you... qualify. Explore that, as it usually stacks with the existing discounts.
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TSA Pre Check shouldn't require taking the laptop out.

Most airports will not demand that you take out iPads and put on its own tray but I've run into one or two airports which do.

Flying not long ago, I really didn't mind taking out the laptop and using a tray just for the laptop. The inconvenice of TSA was taking everything out of my pocket and belt removal.

I go with used hardware. When at home, a used Dell dual core desktop (with added graphics card). When traveling, a used Dell with Teamviewer software to connect into my desktop (in a sense, just use my laptop as a terminal to my home pc). The biggest splurge is a used mechanical keyboard for my desktop.
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Lenovo? Maybe, maybe not.

Security researchers found another 'massive security risk' in Lenovo computers | The Verge

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Three months after Lenovo was called out for installing dangerous software onto its computers, the world's largest PC manufacturer has once again been accused of lax security measures. Security firm IOActive reports that it discovered major vulnerabilities in Lenovo's update system that could allow hackers to bypass validation checks, replace legitimate Lenovo programs with malicious software, and run commands from afar.
Lenovo installs adware on its computers that could let hackers steal private data | The Verge
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No intention to initiate another Mac/PC debate here. This is just our experience to take or not as you wish.

Ran and maintained PC desktops and laptops from various manufacturers for me and DW for 25+ years (Dell, Compact, HP, etc..). I'm not a computer "expert" but I was reasonably knowledgeable and familiar with them both hardware and software wise. I got really tired of the ongoing need to run virus checks, malware checks and fix general problems on all our 3 or 4 computers (lockups, blue screens of death, etc...). Also got tired of the ongoing promises that the newest operating version of Windows would resolve many of the issues I had to work with. My dad recently got the newest Windows on a new laptop and needed some help cleaning up malware on a week old computer .... wow, thought it would have advanced more by now. In any event, I found I generally had to replace our PCs around the 5 yr mark when they became too slow, unable to update to reasonably current software and required too much maintenance.

I changed to cheapest MacBook I could buy six yrs ago. Some learning curve but it's still running as strong as the day I bought it and has been my only computer since the purchase. No regular maintenance needed and no need for user run virus checks, malware checks. At about 5.5 yrs, I had a hard drive that failed so I replaced it. At the same time, I added more RAM to speed up the computer when I had many things open and my RAM was all used up. A couple months ago, I also changed the battery to extend battery run life back to original time.

About a year after I changed to a MacBook, finally got my wife to dump her high end PC that supports her photography business. She got a high end Mac Pro. She is now much happier also (as am I since I no longer have to maintain her computer). She chose to get a second one as a backup for her business recently.

When we purchased ours, we found Macs to be significantly more expensive to buy than PCs for the same specs. The added cost appears to be partially offset by the extra longevity in our case. Certainly offset if I put any value on my time to maintain the PC's we used to have. But the initial cost is certainly higher and can be hard to stomach.

Nor is all software made for the OS operating system so need to check what you want to run. As others have mentioned, we didn't like Quicken on Mac though loved it on our PCs. We changed to Moneydance and are happy. We also changed to OpenOffice (free) to do all the stuff we used to use Microsoft Office for to avoid buying Office for Mac. Very happy there as well.

Also there is a learning curve to change systems. My wife and I are fairly computer literate and found the learning curve easy. Others may find it more annoying.

Good luck on whatever you choose to buy and hope you are happy with the choice. We all spend a lot of times on computers these days so good to get something you like.
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Flying not long ago, I really didn't mind taking out the laptop and using a tray just for the laptop. The inconvenice of TSA was taking everything out of my pocket and belt removal.
I have SCOTTeVEST outerwear and wear slip on shoes when traveling by air. No belts (or at least not ones with metal buckles). I just remove my outerwear and shoes and I'm ready for the body scanner. Also makes it easy to retrieve my stuff. No need to put lots of small items back in my pockets. I also have a TSA-friendly laptop backpack that can be partially unzipped so the laptop lays flat for the scanner.
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