newbie looking at laptops

nelles_gwJune 5, 2011

OK, I'm hoping someone can help me.

I'm pretty much decided on getting a laptop vs an iPad. I want to be able to load a bridge game off a disc, so I think a laptop is the way to go.

I haven't a clue where to start. I'll be using the laptop as an addition to our desktop. Portability isn't too much of a concern - I'd probably bring it on trips/cruises, but we haven't done too much travelling lately.

I'd like to be able to watch movie dvds. One site recommended 2-4 GB of RAM, 250BG or higher of ?, 14"-16" display, & a DVD optical burner drive - whatever THAT is.

Consumer reports likes Apple, but those are out. Toshiba, HP, Lenovo (IBM), and Dell rate high. So does Acer, but they get rally bad customer support ratings.

Someone told me that if I go with Dell, to buy it on-line from Dell, as it's better quality than Dells in the big box stores. Friends also have had good luck with HP.



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Since you reference Consumers Reports, if you have these gathering dust somewhere:

Issue December 2010 Pages 32-34, 37 and 38

Issue January 2011 Page 24

Issue June 2011 Page 34-40

I don't own one as other than the available potability I don't find them desirable. However, my readings have led me to conclude that I would by a Toshiba if I were buying one.


    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 4:43PM
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Thanks, DA:

I looked at those issues, and I have to agree: Toshiba like like the way to do.

FWIW, I meant to include in my first post that I'm not into gaming, video editing, etc. I'm just a 61 yo retired lady who likes to read email, look at youtube once in a while, and play mexican train on line.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 7:18PM
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You might want to check out internet connectivity on cruise ships with regard to cost. I forget the fees on the Princess line but it was horrendous and the connections via satellite left much to be desired. The Costa line was more reasonable but again the connection was dubious frequently

Here is a link that might be useful: Staying Connected an Ocean Away

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 8:48PM
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