[RndTbl] Laptops

Kevin McGregor kevin.a.mcgregor at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 15:15:42 CDT 2017

Thanks for all the input.

I'm sorta leaning towards Dell at the moment (though it could change in an

Now I'm aiming at
15" FHD screen, 8 GB+ RAM, 256 GB+ SSD, Intel quad-core (e.g. i5 or i7)

but I also want an IPS-or-equiv display and discrete (not just Intel HD)
graphics. Should I chat with Dell to see if they have such a beast? Their
site doesn't make it easy to find something purely based on specs.


On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Gilles Detillieux <
grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca> wrote:

> 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 models).
> 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> 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?
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