What Did You Do? Laptop? Notebook? Kindle?

candlerFebruary 19, 2012

Howdy. I'm old; all thumbs; use a second pair of glasses to see print; and don't have much patience. I thought you might understand. Of course I thought of these faults when I bought my Kindle Fire a couple of months back but felt I should give it a try.

With help from this forum I configured a router at my desktop location. I keep the Kindle next to my TV recliner. So far I've only checked email. Now, I'm trying to figure out which grandkid to give it to.

I watch a few hours of TV in the evenings. If something on TV grabs my interest and I wish to dig further, I don't want to leave my recliner and go to another room to use my desktop. Seems I heard Google might be doing something about combining a TV and computer. Sounds expensive.

I think a notebook has around a 10" screen. I think a laptop has around 15" screen. Has anyone been down the road I've mentioned? What did you do? Seems using a 15" laptop might be sort cumbersome for a recliner. On the other hand, the function keys and keyboard keys on the 10" notebook appear small and worrysome. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks, Gene

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Option #1: Keep the Kindle & learn how to use it...with patience.

Option #2: Get out of the recliner and use the desktop...and be thankful that you still can.

Option #3: Accept the fact that being old means that all these new toys aren't as important as you think they are.

The preceding is just MHO...YMMV.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 8:12PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I have all of the above except my tablets are not kindels , but I have 4 tablets currently, one acer netbook , one acer laptop, and the desktops.
I am old too and love my lazyboy. I use the tablet in my chair all the time, like right now.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 9:18PM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

With the superb help of people on this forum, I got my old 10" netbook working (Acer Aspire One). The whole reason for getting it to work was so that I could use it to read ebooks. Our local library had ebooks which can be checked out and downloaded to my netbook - it is like going to the library and checking out a paper book. I love it. I had considered a tablet, but I am not willing to pay money anymore (retired income) for books, so the library lending ebooks is wonderful for me.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 10:32AM
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I too have a kindle, netbook, several laptops and a 10" tablet..I too have a recliner and am not a spring chicken anymore either...The house is rigged for wireless, but I still dont mind getting up and using the laptop at the desk (probably because I hate using the touchpad rather than a mouse). On rare occasions, I may take the netbook or tablet to the recliner with me...You could consider getting a laptop table for use on the recliner..its like an angled tv tray with small side legs

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 5:58PM
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I, too, am old if you think 63 is old! lol I have a desktop, small laptop with 15" screen, and a 2nd generation Kindle. I set up a wireless network and use the laptop in my lap in my recliner. I bought a small usb mouse because I too can't stand the touchpad. The mouse has a retractable cord and works on the arm of my chair. The only problem I have using the laptop in my lap is my little dog thinks that is his spot and he doesn't really like being a "desk". If he wasn't in my lap, I would get one of those "lap-desks" with the hard top and cushioned bottom. They make using a laptop in your lap a bit easier.
I am thinking about a tablet, just because I want one and it is smaller than a laptop. Still trying to determine the best one for what I want to do AND what I want to do with one. Gonna play with my DD's Kindle Fire and see how I like it before I pluck down big retiree bucks for a tablet. :)
Hope you come up with a workable solution without giving up your Kindle Fire. Seems each gadget has a different purpose and can be used in a different place.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 5:31AM
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Murph...be careful with the laptop on your lap...as much as the name suggests, laptops are not well suited for a lap or other soft surface as the fan vents become blocked and the unit will overheat and either shutdown or start causing some other heat related issues or damage

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 5:44AM
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You might want to think about a laptop with a 13" (or so) screen. The keyboard will be a more usable size without the bulk of a larger screen.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 6:34AM
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Howdy, again. Sure do appreciate the information. I'm glad to hear about the mid size screen. I had not even considered a laptop side table. Seems I need to plan better in configuring a computer at my recliner.

By the way, I just posted a note that I'm now getting AVG blocked Threat Alerts on the GardenWeb/THS site. Is anyone else getting them? Regards. Gene

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 11:31AM
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Thanks genes, as I said my little dog won't let me use it for long, maybe he is getting too hot? Will watch it in the future.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 6:00AM
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Gene Get your dog trained to lay between your legs with the footrest raised..If I have one up, thats where she/he lays..gives you room for the little lap table

Gene S

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 6:21AM
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I am 49 and love all this new technology as I have been a gadget person all my life since atari he he. I have a full size tablet and a kindle fire and I have used a friends little dell netbook to see if I would like it.

The small keys on the netbook were not as bad as I thought but the netbook itself was too slow for my taste but we were at the bookstore and I am used to high speed Internet at home.

I have used my laptop in the recliner and find it ok but much prefer using it in bed on my lap while watching Tv.

My kindle fire I love in the recliner and bed. So much so I joined netflix for $8 a month and put the netflix app on the fire and even though I can watch all the netflix stuff on the computer I find I prefer watching it on the kindle. I find myself using the fire more and more at home instead of the laptop to surf and check email.

My vision is such that I need my glasses only for distance. My close up vision is so good I find even with the progressive bifocals at times I can still see the kindle or computer screen better without the glasses.

Myself I would keep the kindle and learn how to use it from the recliner to read email and surf and then if I needed to do more would use the desktop but that is me so you have to do what suits your style. Mary

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 12:00AM
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