[RndTbl] Question about Laptops

Mike Pfaiffer high.res.mike at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 17:55:37 CST 2010

On 10-12-24 05:34 PM, Kevin McGregor wrote:
> A few comments:
> Generally anything you get for that price will be a netbook and/or a pretty
> cheap notebook. I can't see how you could spend $300 on a notebook (not
> netbook) and get anything resembling quality. I suppose there might be a
> door-crasher special that would be okay, but then you just have to take your
> chances. Acer computers tend to be EXTREMELY cheaply made.

	That seems to be the general consensus.

> A netbook would be fast enough for his needs, but the screen would probably
> be too small, either physically (all netbooks have 10" screens) or by
> resolution (pretty much all 1024x600).

	He is in his mid 70's so the size would be a consideration.

> Also, I don't know why you wrote "...Future Shop, and (Ugh) Best Buy", given
> that they're the same company since Best Buy bought Future Shop a few years
> ago. I thought everyone knew that.

	I've had a number of friends who have had terrible experiences with the 
different retail outlets. Essentially it boils down to the quality of 
the lies and sales drones. At least none of them have had the experience 
a number of Americans had. Specifically purchasing something only to 
open the box at home and find an actual brick inside. Most of the bad 
experiences relate to rebates and faulty hardware. Specifically the 
Transcona store. Although they are owned by the same company I've been 
told by their sales drones that different managers set different 
policies for their individual stores. The drones also said they carry 
different product lines in the two stores.

> Kevin


> On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM, Mike Pfaiffer<high.res.mike at gmail.com>wrote:
>>         Merry Christmas and happy holidays (what ever works for you - you
>> never
>> know). ;-)
>>         My father had decided to look at a laptop. He wants to put his
>> family
>> tree program on it and take it for a trip out East this spring. He has
>> seen me running Linux on my desktop for years and thinks he would like
>> to give it a try on the laptop. Even in a dual-boot configuration. Being
>> cheap (a typical Winnipegger) he is only willing to spend $200 -$300 for
>> the machine. There are some "deals" in the advertising for Staples,
>> Future Shop, and (Ugh) Best Buy. He is serious enough to risk going out
>> on Boxing day (and this is from a guy who is afraid of crossing to the
>> West side of the Red).
>>         The question is what are some good brands and locations to scope
>> out?
>>                                 Later
>>                                 Mike
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