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Old 11-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #31
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You have a MALE printer? I thought all printers were FEMALE. ????
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #32
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My two cents...

I was the IT Manager where I worked for many years. Not only did I work on the company's laptops, but the personal laptops of everyone in the building. I've had the least problems with Dell and Toshiba. I can honestly say I've never worked on a Samsung. The worst was HP--never seen so many dead motherboards.

Whatever you buy, remember these things:
Heat is the #1 killer.

Most of them are vented through holes in the bottom. Don't set the laptop down on the carpet or the bed where the vent holes will be plugged.

Don't close the lid and put it in "sleep mode" and then put it in an enclosed bag. In sleep mode, the fan is still running. Use hibernate mode instead.

Don't toss the laptop or set it down hard (this should be obvious). This goes for portable hard drives as well. The disks inside are spinning around very fast and the arms with the read/write heads are floating above the disks less than the thickness of a hair. When you drop the laptop, you are slamming those arms down into the disks and it's destroying the layout of magnetic particles that makeup your data.

The AMD processors run much hotter than the Intels, so be especially careful if you go AMD.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #33
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I think many times, it really comes down to luck, and maybe buyer's expectations. A lot of people here have had good experiences with Dell, but not I and my family. All of our Dell laptops before died JUST RIGHT AFTER the warranty period. It's quite frustrating. So I decided to go for a netbook due to the weight and price, and Asus is the best in netbooks. Lo and behold, this little baby is more durable than the previous laptops I've had. I just take care to always shut it down when I transport it. It's great so far.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:53 AM   #34
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These are personal machines.
When I left DOS and went to Windows I started with Gateway. That baby had a 1.3GB hard drive and I think Windows 95. Good machine.

I then went to Dell, maybe 97 or a year later. That desktop still works. Only replaced the keyboard under warranty. I have only added things. USB2, Ethernet, memory, and a string of larger hard drives. and the like. I kind of wish it would fail. 450mhz single core Pentiums don't do much these days. A giant CRT monitor that takes too much room, but it is an old friend.
About 2000, got Dell laptop That should was always slow from the getgo. It stopped and I might have fixed it but heck I don't like it. It must weigh 8 pounds.

I have had some no name net books that I carry around in a duffel, and they get beat up like that dogtesting one we heard about.

For a replacement I am looking into the new Chromebook C7, by Acer. $199. 320GB HD, 2GB ram, 11.6" screen.

First though I got to see if Chrome OS is sufficient.
I already use gmail, and I sometimes use the Chrome browser, so now I am trying out a Chrome filemanager, ftp program, and Google docs. I can do all that on my current machines.

The real problem I have seen (on paper) is the C7 battery life of 3.5 hours. Someone said that a Acer spokesman said they would probably provide a better battery and charge a little more.
I won't buy it without at least 6 hour battery. It would be in mail except for that.
One thing I like is that the battery is removable.

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:12 AM   #35
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You have a MALE printer? I thought all printers were FEMALE. ????
My MFC is named 'Moose' after a Big MALE Maine coon cat (RIP) we had.
My color Laser is name 'Ellie' after the (many colored ) Female cat in my Avatar.

Printers come in many sexes .
Only Big Industrial complexes, neuter their printers with names like 'MVSCA4-G42X73'
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:53 AM   #36
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For a replacement I am looking into the new Chromebook C7, by Acer. $199. 320GB HD, 2GB ram, 11.6" screen.

First though I got to see if Chrome OS is sufficient.
I already use gmail, and I sometimes use the Chrome browser, so now I am trying out a Chrome filemanager, ftp program, and Google docs. I can do all that on my current machines.

The real problem I have seen (on paper) is the C7 battery life of 3.5 hours. Someone said that a Acer spokesman said they would probably provide a better battery and charge a little more.
I won't buy it without at least 6 hour battery. It would be in mail except for that.
One thing I like is that the battery is removable.
I have the Samsung Chromebook. It doesn't have the hard drive, instead it has 16 GB SSD. But it has a 6.5 hour battery life that I like. It is $50 more, but I like the extra battery life.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:27 PM   #37
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Of course printers are male. Slow to get started, cranky in cold damp weather, cheap to buy and costly in consumables........
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:48 PM   #38
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Of course printers are male. Slow to get started, cranky in cold damp weather, cheap to buy and costly in consumables........
But with a little patience and TLC we will really stand out
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #39
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Of course printers are male. Slow to get started, cranky in cold damp weather, cheap to buy and costly in consumables........
We have a female printer at work--it takes a long time to warm up!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #40
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We recently purchased a new HP colour laser. Wireless and ethernet connectivity, plus airprint compatible so our iPad's and iPhones can print. A very good printer.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #42
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Boy or girl?
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #43
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Most brands have a consumer line and a professional line. Quality varies accordingly. HP earned a horrifying rep in their consumer laptops yet their EliteBooks come highly recommended (we use two at work). Lenovo's ThinkPads have generally also been excellent, if boring-looking. Oddly enough, we've had excellent history with Dell laptops and that's our corporate exclusive right now, maybe 200 laptops in total.

For what you want I'd try to get hands-on with your choices. The keyboard matters more to me in a work (but non-CAD, non-photo editing) laptop than almost anything else. Okay, battery life is fairly crucial too. If you're going to primarily use it at home you can set most laptops up with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I do that at home. There simply are no laptop keyboards and trackpads as nice as that.
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Hmmm, risky... The way it preens itself from time to time...

A girl.
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I have the Samsung Chromebook. It doesn't have the hard drive, instead it has 16 GB SSD. But it has a 6.5 hour battery life that I like. It is $50 more, but I like the extra battery life.
But. but, but, ..., but only 16GB? I have 32GB on my Droid 1 and it is removable.

What do you have loaded on the chromebook?

Just remember, I am trying to simulate a chromebook on my Windows desktop to get an idea if I want one. I don't yet have a real vision of what I am getting into.

And yeah, I know they give you 5GB free in the cloud, but together that is only 21GB.
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