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  • Processor – the first thing to consider is getting as much processor now, as you can afford. If the processor is only a little more to upgrade one level, do so. I7 chips that are roughly four years old now are still great laptop processors. The goal is to get as much as you can; most people don’t get a new laptop every year! The other side now is that both Apple and the many PC makers use the processors. You can’t run the macOS on non-Apple produced hardware, but you can get a Mac for a lower cost now than in the past!
  • Operating system: I will tell you that the relevance of the OS is wholly a choice.
  • macOS – the newest macOS was released just before the Holidays. Macintosh computers are a closed system; Apple makes the hardware and the operating system. They are the creators of the easy upgrade. You can go from one version of their OS to another without issues. You do tend to pay more upfront for an Apple Computer.
  • Windows (8 or 10) – Windows 7 is hours from no longer being supported (the 13th of this month). Windows 8 and Windows 10 are the current versions. Windows 10 is a solid and stable upgrade and allows for a great integration for most people with the things they have and use.
  • Linux (many flavors) many flavors, I’ve played with Ubuntu, Mint, CentOS, and a couple of others. All work well.
  • Chromebook – a new entry was running the google ChromeOS. You are limited to the Google office suite, but you gain battery life, and it is a very cheap option!
  • Battery – The battery life argument is one that continues to rage. I have a laptop for work that has an 8-hour battery, and I use that all the time. I have a laptop at home that is mine that has a 3-hour battery, and frankly, that works also. It is about how long you want to be disconnected.
  • Memory – get as much as you can afford. An older computer with more memory will be usable longer!!!!
  • Hard drive – you can get a two terabyte external USB drive for under 100 bucks. I strongly recommend you get an SSD drive to load whatever OS you choose
  • Onboard graphics chip, this is optional today unless you do a lot of gaming, or you are into producing graphics.
  • The cost now the biggest argument. That will be the last component for today.
  • Service interesting issue and will be part of the cost discussions for now!

So let’s talk about cost and extended it a little bit by adding service. Service is the ability to have your computer not functioning and being able to get it fixed. Many people have a friend that fixes their computer. Or a spouse or family member. But, for the most part, without several specialized tools, that person most likely can’t fix a blown motherboard.

The range today for the cost (I looked on Amazon, sorry easiest way to do this)

  • Chromebooks starting at 199 US (I’ve seen them as low as 99)
  • Laptop running windows – I’ve seen them as low as 199 US.
  • Linux I’ve seen laptops as low as 99 US
  • Macintosh or Macbooks I’ve seen as low as 799

The next thing that we will talk about tomorrow is what you are doing with your laptop today!

Link to the first post

https://virily.com/virily_poll/on-choosing-a-new-laptop-what-to-consider/

  • Question of

    Do you use your laptop to edit pictures?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you use your laptop to edit videos?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you use your laptop to connect to a 3d printer?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you want to use a laptop as you connect to Virily or online?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you know where you can get your computer fixed today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a printer at home?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: DO YOU USE YOUR LAPTOP TO EDIT PICTURES?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU USE YOUR LAPTOP TO EDIT VIDEOS?
    Yes (3 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU USE YOUR LAPTOP TO CONNECT TO A 3D PRINTER?
    Yes (2 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU WANT TO USE A LAPTOP AS YOU CONNECT TO VIRILY OR ONLINE?
    Yes (7 votes) – 78%
    No (2 votes) – 22%
    Q: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR COMPUTER FIXED TODAY?
    Yes (9 votes) – 90%
    No (1 votes) – 10%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A PRINTER AT HOME?
    Yes (6 votes) – 60%
    No (4 votes) – 40%

  2. I am learning more of what I didn’t know. What about the screen size? For a writer and graphic designer, is 13″ and 14″ good or should I go for 15″? I like windows 7 a lot but sad to learn it will no longer be supported.

  3. Just today I went to see a little …. currently the most favorable for me is Lenovo S 200, which has already loaded Widows 10 and costs 280 eur … the seller advised me to wait a little longer so that they will be short sales and they will be even cheaper from 10 – 20%

  4. For the most part my computer works amazing; it has gotten me through my associates degree, but going to replace it probably either at the end of the year or beginning of next. I have a ASUS! Beautiful laptop. I remember thinking to myself, damn this thing is huge when I got it because I had a tiny one prior to purchasing it.

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