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I am in the market for a laptop. What are minimum requirements my system should have? I think I will get a Dell. I can customize it online. Any suggestions? I am not a geek, but I am thinking about putting music on my desktop and running via my laptop.

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Dell may very well go belly up in the not so distant future. They have be convicted of selling defective computers with the knowledge that the computers were defective. Their customer service used to be Dell's major selling point

You would do better to buy on line at: buy.com, TigerDirect.com, Frys.com.

Stay away from the Sony Vaio laptops. According to friends at Best Buy, Sony Vaio laptops are there #1 return/problem product. They are also the most expensive.

Asus, Toshiba, HP, Acer are all reasonable brand names.

The package deals at any of the places I've mentioned will have all the options that most people use and several that only power users or gamers use. With Labor Day around the corner, I would wait until LD sales kick in.

Toshiba sell the laptop with the largest screen. If your eyes are like mine that means a lot.

The various netbooks are also something to consider. Instead of using the tiny little 10.1 inch monitor, just hook up your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse and you have a very nice desktop computer. When you want to take it with you, just unplug those three components and its back to a netbook.

Windows 7 is the best operating system ever sold by Microsoft. Most computers now come with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. That should be more than sufficient for most users. Upgraded to Win7 Pro and Ultimate are available but are very pricey.

The best warranty for electronics is available at SquareTrade.com

Hope this helps!

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Actually John, I bought an inspiron 1545 windows 7. It is as fast or faster than my desktop which is a Dell Rocket.

Wal Mart sells the dame computer and I have had no problems what-so-ever with it.

You may want to add a home network is you havent already done so.


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I also bought the inspirion in 2003. It was kind of expensive but it is still running great every day.

Great buys can be gotten at CompUSA online...You can get an open box or refurbished for very cheap...I have a Dell that I bought for 400.00 last year, with CompUSA, that I use for monitoring programs...This isn't an advertisement...The openbox and refurbs are new without a scratch....


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I've got 2 Acers and I love them. They're about a yr old and I only paid about $300-$400 each. I'll never pay more than $400, again, for a laptop. jmo


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I paid 650 for a Sony VAIO with Blu Ray Windows 7. I can hook it to my big screen using HDMI and watch blu rays so its subs as a DVD Player for TV also.

The sound sucks as a stand alone so I bought some cheap speakers and life is good.

I think that economic problems are going to make prices drop even more. For lab top I always buy the insurance. Have had 2 lab tops and have not used it yet but it makes me feel good.

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I'm all about the Mac. Wonderful computer Operating System, nice and stable. Excellent customer and technical support.

I have used PC Windows computers since about 1985 I think, a few years ago though, after yet another windows vista problem, I yanked it out of the wall opened my back door and hurtled it out the back door, then I went out and jumped up and down on it a bit. Then for several days I would open my back door and look at it and sometimes I would just go out and kick it. After I got all that out of me, I threw it in the dumpster and a few days later I walked into the apple store and I've become a real mac evangelist.

I've worked on Macs since the late 1980's I think they came out in 1984, I did consulting for extra money and some clients had a Mac's. I always like them, but all the jobs were mostly windows operating systems, so I stuck with that. But now, I am free, free I tell you, from the all my windows errors, blue screens of death and unexpected errors.

Like I said though, I've become a real Mac evangelist, I don't go near windows if I don't have to. Though I do have windows installed on my Mac, yes you can do that, and use it for very Windows specific software or other things that require an Windows operating system. So for me I've got the best of both worlds.

They are pricer though, and I always get the 3 year added protection. I do get a new computer about every 3 years, actually I am saving for a new 27" IMac right now, and I am really going to trick it out lots of memory and tons of Hard Disk space. Just thinking about it, get's me all excited and tingling, I'm such a geek :)

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Try Hewlett Packard. I've had mine for 5 years and it's a work horse. I would go with Windows 7. Windows Vista was a waste.

My daughter bought an Acer (like PR), very affordable, bought it at Staples.

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