Recommendations for a laptop??

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  1. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    We have an old Toshiba which still works fine , but slow. Wifey is now interested in using it for some streaming video and would like faster, + larger screen.

    Any reason to spring what seems to be GiMormous bucks for an apple??? Looks like I could get a swell Dell for ?? $1000 ?

    HP is having a blowout sale at the online store. Looks like I could get a beauty for ?? $800 out the door???

    I have read that there are chips calle i3, i5, and i7. A radio guru said you should skip the 3, but the average joe does not need the 7. What's the 411 on that???
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    If most of what she will do is movies and surf the net, you might consider an iPad.
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    The Ipad® does not even come close to a Real Laptop.


    I guess it is what ever floats your boat.
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  4. jimbo

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    Not until they make one with a 17" screen!
  5. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    Maybe, but I think it is more handy.

    I sit in the yard with it, use it on the workbench in in the garage, or the countertop in the kitchen.
    Carrying a full laptop seems like a burden now.
  6. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    It's amazing how everybody has to have big screen 3D TV's, then they want to watch TV and streaming movies on their cell phones or IPads!
    Oh yeah; and they want to do email and Facebook on their TV's LOL
    :rolleyes:
  7. jimbo

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    Well, that opens up a whole new world! We have a brand new Sony Bravia widescreen in the bedroom. Anyway to connect the toshiba to that????
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Maybe could, Depending on the Model.

    The New HP Laptops have HDMI and would work.
  9. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    Yep, my 2 year old Dell laptop has HDMI and I sometimes use it to watch a recorded mpeg movie from it, although with the Verizon FIOS I have, any photos or video I have on my main PC can be watched on any of my FIOS connected TV's with the FIOS Media Manager s/w if I run it on my PC. I have not used it for a while, but it does work well as I remember. The HDMI cable from the Laptop setup is great.
  10. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    I have used a few VGA converters but most are a joke.

    HDMI is the way to go.

    I have a feeling that jimbo's Laptop it to old to have HDMI and his HDTV is to new to have a VGA input.


    I wonder how big jimbo's bathroom TV is...
  11. jimbo

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    True on both counts. It is a 48 , but in the bedroom, not the bathroom!~
  12. Brandon124

    Brandon124 New Member

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    I was just going to recommend a Macbook Pro or a Mac. If you're willing to shell out $1,000.00 for a laptop or computer alike, then you might as well consider looking into a Mac. Go on Amazon.com. You may find better prices on there and save yourself from going to a Mac store. The Macbook Pro and Mac are both versatile and have large monitor displays. Their performances are also tremendous, in terms of running multiple programs simultaneously.
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  13. I recommend you to buy lenovo laptop , i am using this . Its a best choice for laptops..
    I am using this laptop form last 2 years.. Its working fine..
  14. aquadood

    aquadood New Member

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    Even better! 21.5 inch tablet screen! Android to boot!!

    Though, in reality a 800$ laptop is not unnecessary unless your doing some intense graphic editing or gaming. Heres a mid range lenovo laptop that can pretty much do what you need plus more, 499$ With 2 Rebates
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