[RndTbl] Laptops

Gilles Detillieux grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Apr 13 09:55:22 CDT 2017

Whatever models you're leaning towards, make sure you'll be happy with 
the keyboard. Try a few out in store before deciding. I personally can't 
stand keyboards that cram the "\" between the left Shift and the Z, but 
some people are used to that and can live with it just fine. Check the 
feel, action and spacing of keys for comfort. It's easy to replace a 
desktop keyboard you're not happy with. A laptop, not so much. Try out 
the trackpad too, even if you'll be using a mouse most of the time. A 
good trackpad makes it much easier to function without the mouse when 
you have to.

If you're going for an inexpensive model, read up on it beforehand. 
There are some good value, cheap laptops out there, even Acer and ASUS 
brands, but there's a lot of crap at the lower price points. Come to 
think of it, there's some crap at the higher price points too, so read 
the reviews on your leading contenders in any case.

Dells and Lenovos are more typically the safer bets. HPs & Toshibas are 
a bit more inconsistent, or have been in the past. We have a couple 
Acers at home we've been happy with. The older of the two has a slightly 
flaky CD drive, but the newer one has none (as is typical of most newer 

On 04/12/2017 09:05 PM, Kevin McGregor wrote:
> Oh, I know, I know, details.
> Um, ~15" screen, SSD, 16 GB RAM, quad-core? Those would be my main 
> requirements. 1080p screen, preferably, and IPS or equiv.
> On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 9:01 PM, Kevin McGregor 
> <kevin.a.mcgregor at gmail.com <mailto:kevin.a.mcgregor at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I'm thinking of getting a new laptop for general use. Does anyone
>     have any opinions on what to get or stay away from?
>     What am I thinking - opinions? This group?

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:    http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
Dept. of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences,
Univ. of Manitoba  Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0J9  (Canada)

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