19 December 2013

Need a New Computer

The beast that is my 10-year old desktop is near its end.  I am loathe to replace it because we've really bonded over these last ten years.  But the computer is having problems accepting a memory upgrade and the operating system is no longer supported by its maker.  Reluctantly, I have to move on.

I thought about getting a Mac, but there are some functions that I absolutely must have in Word and they're not compatible (or at least I can't figure out how to do it) on a Mac.  Plus the learning curve is a bit steep.  I was given a Mac for my office and begged (begged I tell you!)  our IT department to take it back in favor of the old and outdated desktop it replaced.

I've owned nothing but Dells and I am willing to remain loyal.  However, I've heard some less-than-encouraging things about the new Dell systems.  I don't do a lot of high-end computing and don't require a powerful system. 

Does anyone have any of the new Dell Inspiron desktops? Does anyone have a Lenovo system?  I've heard good things about them, but again, the learning curve...

What's your experience?

Thanks!

L

 

15 comments:

  1. That was the same situation my husband and I were in a few months ago. I haven't had either of those. I got an HP laptop and I really love it. Going from Windows XP to Windows 8 was a bit of a challenge but I am really liking it now.

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    1. Yah, I am not ready to make the leap to Windows 8. I don't understand why they changed the design int he first place. =) I've been using Windows 7 on my work laptop and Vista (shudder) on my work desktop. I think I'll stick with 7. =)

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  2. Oooh. Sorry.

    My hubby is in IT and spent years in creative organizations that were completely Mac based. In our house we have 3 Mac books, an iMac, 2 iPads, an iPad mini and 4 iPhones.

    Hahahaha!!!!

    I use a Windows based machine at work and am often frustrated by what it CAN'T do!

    I do have MS Office on my MacBook though...the other Mac machines don't. No, it isn't the same but OMG the Mac products are just so user friendly and intuitive for me.

    Ahhh. good luck on finding a new computer -- soon!

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    1. I seriously considered a Mac, but I need to be able to draw pictures/graphs in Word as well as use Math Type in Word. I played around on a Mac operating Word and could not do it. That was the deal breaker! I did like my iPhone...well...until the button broke. =)

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  3. We own a computer sales, service, & repair business. My husband has been putting lots of clients into the Lenovo systems. They are excellent systems at fantastic prices. Hope that helps!

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    1. I've heard such good things about Lenovo. I will definitely check into them. Thank you!

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  4. I have a Lenovo for work - Really good! Been using for 4 yrs now - not one problem!

    Del linspiron laptop - that gave up its battery life after a year - so, NOT very keen on Dell anymore

    A brand new computer that DH built - with super fancy stuff... He's more geeky than me and even though I am a computer "engineer" I have no desire to build one. I'd rather sit and browse. ;) The previous one that DH built also works well.. He wanted to upgrade as the previous graphic card and etc cannot support a fancy monitor.

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    1. I'm pretty set on not getting a Dell laptop. The one I am using now (from work) is okay so far, but my colleague's laptop showed problems after about a year of use. They're too inconsistent for me.

      I went to a computer store and sourced out the parts/prices to build a computer as well. The price was more than I expected and I wasn't sure about the warranty. In the end, I didn't end up doing it. I will do some more research on Lenovo. Thanks!

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  5. Stay away from Windows 8 and you'll be golden.

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  6. I could have written your blog entry -- I'm in exactly the same situation and considering the same alternatives, Mac etc. I've heard Windows 8 is very different from previous operating systems and may be difficult to learn, but at some future point Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7; buying Windows 8 will delay obsolescence a bit. My son has Windows 8 and tells me I would need to take the time to learn it, if I want to go that route.

    I am just so sick of Microsoft having so much control over software availability and, by extension, what computers we need to buy. Some programs, and not just Word and Excel, are not improved when they are upgraded.

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    1. I agree! I know that Microsoft will eventually stop supporting Windows 7; hopefully not too soon though.

      I wish computers and their parts were designed for longevity. Then again, how will the companies make money if folks are forced to replace them every two to three years? I'm telling you, were it not for my current operating system no longer receiving support and the computer not accepting memory upgrades, I would not be looking for a new one. I don't like this 'throw-away-electronic' mindset.

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  7. I went thru this about 4 months ago. I used to buy only Dell computers; but finally bought a HP.
    My last two laptops were HP's (one for my college daughter and one for me) and I'm loving them. The purchase for myself was a HP Elitebook Revolve.

    I'm a computer geek (i.e. programmer) and have worked with IBM/Lenovo, Dell and HP. I love the HP Elitebook Revolve; its a notebook and touch pad combined, and only weighs 4 lbs, and is small enough to fit in my purse.

    If you purchase computer online make sure to compare the home price with the business price. I was able to get my elitebook with a lot more memory, storage, and CPU power for less than the base configuration offered under the home computers; plus it came with a 3 year warranty to boot. (Turns out HP had an overstock of the business configuration of the same computer)

    Windows 8 is a bit of a learning curve in that it is more tablet/touch oriented; but with the latest update you are supposed to be able to switch it to appear in the old desktop mode by default.

    Good luck with your search. . .

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    1. Thank you so much for the information. I hadn't considered HP because my last HP desktop was a disaster; it failed after three years. I've also had two HP printers that died after one year. I vowed never to buy HP again. =) Maybe things have improved with HP since the mid-to-late 90s.

      I hadn't thought of comparing home and business prices. That's a great idea. Thank you!

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  8. Sorry, unfortunately I am currently in the same boat! I am totally without my laptop (it was a Gateway...now that was old!) that was on it's last leg and died this weekend! I too was looking at the Dell's.

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