Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Mobile Computing

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 28, 2011, 06:47 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 36
Default Newbie @ laptop

Interested in some ideas for buying a laptop. Not so much brand(s) but what to look for & what to avoid.
My wife will be the most frequent user. Will be using mostly in her home office but for leisure, not work. She simply doesn't want the bulk of a desktop (limited desk real estate). General computing: email, surf, word processing, etc. Some multimedia as well - watch online videos, view movies, play music/music videos. For size, would like to stay around 15-16 inches unless a larger screen is a must-have. While price is not the driving factor she wants something that can do the job without a lot of bells/whistles/eye candy. Would like some idea of how much power (ie cpu type & speed) is required and what sort of graphics ability.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 28, 2011, 07:46 PM
Allstar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 561
Default

sounds like a light user. an E-350 could quite possibly be good enough for her(can play at least one 1080p youtube vid)
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 28, 2011, 08:24 PM
Andy's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Taichung / Toronto
Posts: 657

My System Specs

Default

If you set a budget it will be much easier to make recommendations. :)
__________________
SAGER 5165 - Matte Screen (1920x1080) - i7-2630QM - nVidia 555M - 8Gb DDR3 - 120Gb Corsair Force GT SSD - 500Gb Momentus XT - Intel® 6300
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 29, 2011, 05:25 AM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 36
Default

Ok, price up to $1000 (+HST).
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old September 5, 2011, 07:11 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: GTA
Posts: 25
Default

Consider a Macbook (maybe even Air). Hardware wise - all laptops nowadays are capable of doing what you're asking, so it's a matter of personal preference. In my experience Macs are pretty low maintenance if you're only doing basic stuff like what you mentioned. Your wife likely won't be wasting much time battling with it.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old September 5, 2011, 07:57 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 240

My System Specs

Default

depends if they are used to the apple interface or not

i have had friends who got apple laptops and regretted it, only because they had to learn how to use the OS
and didn't notice much of an improvement over using windows

really a budget of 1000
we can get you anything you want at that price point...

honestly i would look at laptops with AMD's A6 or A8 cpu in them.
long life on battery and has powerful graphics to boot

and they are around 500.00 to start
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old September 5, 2011, 11:25 PM
The Quicken's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: BC CANADA
Posts: 278

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by roh_ultima View Post
honestly i would look at laptops with AMD's A6 or A8 cpu in them.
long life on battery and has powerful graphics to boot

and they are around 500.00 to start
AMD + Laptop is a no for me personally. I think they perform well but the core heats up too fast/too much lowering performance (IME) where as Intel (I5 core would be my choice) perform quite well.

I'm by no means an expert, but I'm am also in the market for a new Laptop and I've been looking at a lot of different options, but I keep 'wandering' back over to the Samsung I5's/I7's.

At the top end of your budget but it might be a good starting place.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old September 6, 2011, 06:12 AM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: GTA
Posts: 25
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by roh_ultima View Post
depends if they are used to the apple interface or not

i have had friends who got apple laptops and regretted it, only because they had to learn how to use the OS
and didn't notice much of an improvement over using windows
Don't mean to start the whole mac vs. windows thing, but in my experience getting used to apple is not a very sharp learning curve. My mom uses a windows computer at work - and her job is rather computer intensive, but at home she has a mac mini and for things she does there - browsing, email, movies - she stopped asking me questions after about a week - and she never used a mac before that.

Who knows, you might actually like it ;).

I also find that women in general are more accepting of macs, especially the laptops (nothing personal against guys, but I know quite a few guys who are very prejudiced against macs, while girls are often more open minded). I'd venture a guess that it has something to do with the very streamlined and minimalistic design of their portables. Non-Apple laptops have been improving in that department for the last few years, but they still have a long way to go. I look at my work laptop (a 1 year old MSI, woe is me) and it's just a cacophony of mismatched plastic parts, makes me really appreciate my macbook at home ;).
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old September 6, 2011, 12:38 PM
lcdguy's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: An undisclosed location
Posts: 2,048
Default

for windows i would stick with an asus. lenovo has left a bad taste in my mouth. On the mac front. i have no comment. (well none that are repeatable on the internet)
__________________
and now for something completely different

Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old September 6, 2011, 02:57 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 240

My System Specs

Default

the new A series of cpu/gpu from amd is cooler than before
and has long battery life, plus the added video power ...

i would agree with you on the older ones
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie :DELL LAPTOP ERROR CODE 4EOF : 0224: Please help me shiba.anjum Troubleshooting 5 July 10, 2011 06:54 PM
Newbie to watercooling Jaydu Water Cooling 2 May 8, 2011 12:05 PM
Newbie needs help. Bores Easily New Builds 5 December 15, 2009 02:32 AM
Newbie here. kav New Builds 78 November 6, 2008 07:04 AM
Newbie To Dc jinthabestmc Off Topic 1 June 6, 2008 02:28 AM