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    With christmas coming I want a new laptop

    Any recommendations? how good are dell and how good are those tiny ones?

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    DH's new Dell laptop is being delivered on Tuesday so I'll let you know It's only taken him 2 months to make a decision It's an expensive one though, he's gone for one of their business laptops.












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    Mac. Macbook, Macbook Pro.

    Someday. :sigh;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 66045
    Mac. Macbook, Macbook Pro.

    Someday. :sigh;
    I tried that with Chris, but he was selectively deaf












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    Ah. That's a tragic illness that selective deafness. :sigh; Tends to hit where electronics and jewelry are the topics of discussion. At least he doesn't have the worst case; deafness where WDW is concerned!

    Back to the discussion at hand!

    We looked at some really inexpensive PC laptops in Staples the other day. As our Keith has taught me, if you know what to look for you can get a nice machine for a reasonable cost.

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    The tiny notebooks are cute and fairly functional if you're going to travel a lot--the light weight is terrific. But the keyboards are scrunched and the screens are the size of a small DVD player. Depends on your needs.

    Decide what you need in terms of RAM (memory), storage, graphics, speed, etc. and go from there.

    I'm using a three-year-old Dell laptop that was state of the art when purchased. It's a bit slow by today's standards, but totally functional. I haven't had any issues with it, but I do maintenance on it periodically. Remove cookies, embedded stuff that I don't want, defrag the HD, etc. It doesn't take long and makes a significant difference in performance.

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    I already have a laptop, but I would love one of those minis for just note taking and the internet when I'm at school. But they have a weird program on them and don't know if that program would convert into Word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverducky, post: 66628
    I already have a laptop, but I would love one of those minis for just note taking and the internet when I'm at school. But they have a weird program on them and don't know if that program would convert into Word.
    They normally have openoffice on (if linux based) which can indeed read and write word/excel files
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 66668
    They normally have openoffice on (if linux based) which can indeed read and write word/excel files
    for just the 2003 version or the new 2007 version too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverducky, post: 66670
    for just the 2003 version or the new 2007 version too?
    Well in theory, both since microsoft touted their new xml as a standard (although ultimately lost out to the openoffice proposed standards).

    There are certainly converters and of course you can write a file from office 2007 in the older format as well!

    So one way or another, it'd either work straight off or with a simple conversion
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