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I need a new laptop, a PC. Help me pick the perfect one!

Asked by beachwriter (360points) September 19th, 2010

Time for a new computer. A PC with a fast fast fast processing speed and big RAM. I need for it to run Corel Wordperfect 10 and Dragon Naturally speaking. No need for fancy media stuff or games. This one will be a workhorse. I would love to hear your recommendations. Price is no object.

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Ame_Evil's avatar

You say price is no object, but can you still set us a budget to work on?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Well my first piece of advice would be if, all you need to run are the word processor and voice recognition software, that you don’t need a fast processor or a lot of RAM.

However if price is no object then get a MacPro ($2200) and run Windows 7($100) in boot camp.

beachwriter's avatar

Budget…hmmm…1500 to 3500 U.S., maybe?

I do like the display on a Mac but the keystrokes make me insane.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Honestly, you could spend $400 and get a laptop that meets the requirements for the software you mention.

jaytkay's avatar

I know what you mean about Mac keyboards. The chiclet keys are no fun for a touch typist.

If touch-typing is important to you, try as many models as possible in person. There is a huge variation in keyboards. Even if the keys are shaped right, the whole board can be flexy.

The best keyboard I found was in the Lenovo T400 (except they don’t have a numeric keypad which I needed).
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/t-series

Lightlyseared's avatar

If the keyboard is an issue then you can always get an external USB keyboard.

Vortico's avatar

The new-ish iMacs are beautiful and HUGE! $1200 to $2000 depending on the specs. Boot Camp is included on all Macs, and Windows 7 can be bought for $100, as previously mentioned. However, you can buy Dragon for Mac and iWork and throw away Windows forever.

Dog's avatar

The biggest weakness of every laptop I have owned is where the power supply plugs in.
Every one ends up getting bumped and the inside connection breaks off at the motherboard rendering the computer useless.

We have a 7 month old Dell in repair right now. Sure repair is under warranty but it is a pain to be without it for a week or more.

I have two more PC laptops with the same issue that are out of warranty and useless. (one is an awesome powerhouse that cost over 2k new and I would love to use it if I could afford to repair it but I can’t and so it sits. )

If you had to purchase a PC do research on the plugs.

We bought a MacBook 2 years ago because of the magnetic charging connection that does not stress internal components and it is still going strong and has travelled the world.

jerv's avatar

I have had enough good luck with Toshiba that I would recommend one to others. They have a decent keyboard (at least I like it) and a good reputation for reliability (better than Apple and Sony; only bested by Asus) and longevity, so I like them.

While my $500 T135 could easily run what you want to run, it has since been superseded by the T235. If you want big power in a small package, the M640 is a nice 14” model. It starts at $699 with a Core i3–350M, but you can get it with an i5–520M, up to 8GB RAM, Blu-ray burner, and other goodies.

The Portege R700 is a bit spendier ($1109 base with the i5–520M and 2GB RAM) but can take an i7–620M and the 128GB SSD is an option if you don’t mind trading a little storage space for something far faster and more reliable than a regular hard drive.

If you want to compare brands though, you might want to look at this. You pretty much want to go with Toshiba, Sony, Asus, or Apple; don’t consider the others.

@Dog Watch it with those things. They are prone to frayed cords and other problems, some of which may lead to fires. I know of at least one class-action lawsuit regarding Apple’s magnetic connectors.

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