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    New Laptop Query.

    A question for the computer wiz's.

    My laptop is on the way out, 1/2 the letters and numbers dont work any more, etc, etc, I have to do a lot of cutting and pasting to write anything, over the years it getting slower and slower.

    My question is what sort to buy, what to look for?
    When I look at the internet the specs totally confuse me.
    All i use the computer for is emails, photos google, forums, I don't play games.


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    I don,t like lap tops at all I prefer a desk top computer. Every computer I have owned except for the original one I bought I have built my self.
    Sorry I realize that does not help you at all.

     
     
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    We are an Apple household. A couple iPhones, an old iPad, MacBook and iMac desktop. Obviuosly we're not going back to any Windows machines. There are only a few models of their laptops, mostly to do with screen, hard drive and memory sizes. Once you have it it works and keeps working. Upgrades don't cause problems and are free including new operating systems. Once you get over the cost you'll be happy you have it and it will last. Marla's laptop is 11 years old.

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    Horses for courses Mark surely the computer advice in or from your isolation some beaut advice would come from Computer forums wish yo well mate.
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    Hi Mark

    We're locked in to Apple technology for everything technical except laptops which I prefer to be Windows based, the fact that an equivalent Apple Mac costs at least twice as much is also an important factor to me but only you can decide.
    I prefer a largish screen so always buy 17" and my latest bought earlier this year is a Dell Inspiron with 10th generation i7 processor and is very fast, not one of the fastest gaming machines but like you that doesn't interest me.

    If going for a PC rather than a Mac look for an i5, i7 or better and the latest generation you can find, must have a fast SSD hard drive to run the system and if possible an additional drive to store your data and that doesn't need to be SSD (mine has 125gb SSD plus a 1tb data drive), at least 8gb of RAM but 16gb would be even better.
    Most of the other components will be similar across the range, look at how many USB ports and will they cope with what you use currently, does it have a DVD drive, many don't now and it that's important then you might need to buy an external drive if not built in. I bought mine on line from John Lewis because of heavy discount and an extra year warranty but that won't help you in Ozzieland
    Macs are subject to similar components and follow the same rules but only you can decide which way to go and my advice would be set your maximum budget first and look for the best spec you can find within that price, not the best time to buy at the minute unfortunately due to the shortage of chips and lockdown high demand but still deals to be had. You'll find that there are distinct supporters on both sides of the fence and arguments aren't always rational from either.

    All that said, if your current machine is old then anything you buy now will seem lightning fast by comparison.

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    Plus, the fact that the new windows 11, does not suit all newer PCs. It needs to have a TPM chip in the processor.
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    I’m an Apple man with iMac & iPad. The iPad or Samsung galaxy is more than adequate for your needs. I started with dos 6, went through windows, built my own machines & I wouldn’t go back to a windows pc. Hi
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    I use Apple too. For what you want to do an iPad might be ideal. You can always use a keyboard with it ( Logitech do them if you donít want an Apple keyboard)

     
     
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    We too are an Apple house - everything other than an Android phone that's up for replacement in a few months. Several considerations to think on - what software do you use now, and will it upload to a new windows machine or an Apple? How much data do you have to transfer? No doubt you can think of more.

    Then consider the benefits of Apple v Windows - Lons puts to very well so I won't repeat it here. Suffice it to say that my wife was looking for a new laptop and was not interested in an Apple - until she borrowed my Macbook and found how easy it was to use - and fast - and no constant up dates - and no ......... She now runs a 16" MacBook and is very happy.

    An iPad could indeed be ideal - 11" screen with 256Gb storage will set you back the best part of £900, but you get solid hardware with good standard software - email, browser et al and access to 50Gb (or more for more £'s) via iCloud or a big external hard drive running of the iPad. Keyboard would be an add-on - about £25 for an Arteck. Oh, and the battery life is astonishing.

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    Weíre all Apple as well. I have used but never liked laptops. These days I do most stuff on an iPad, Iím on my third one at the moment. As far as price goes if you buy a similar specification PC laptop to an Apple one with the same build quality the price is not that different. Itís just that PC makers sell cheap stuff down to a price. Apple have just released a new iPad and it starts at just £319 which I believe is cheaper than some similar android tablets.
    I used both Macs and PCís at my last job but over 90% of my work was done on the Mac as I preferred using it.

    Just one guys point of view.


     
     
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