moderated Re: New computer specs

Tyler Wood


If I may make one further suggestion.


If you’d like a Dell Machine and for it to last 6 years, I highly recommend the Latitude business models. They have a minimum of preinstalled software, the warranty options are much more customizable and you can extend them, and the specifications are almost 100% flexible without the graphics card which, according to what you say you are doing with the machine, is definitely not needed. An i7 processor is more than sufficient, however a few more questions.

If all you are doing is office and web browsing, you would get by with an i5 processor, thus saving you even more money. Of course, keeping the system for 6 years, your needs may change during that time and this is an investment, so there is nothing wrong with that i7.

How much storage do you generally use on a computer? As long as it is a solid state drive, you’ll be fine, regardless of the size. Again, with changing conditions in the computer world, 6 years from now, a smaller amount of storage could be a detriment.

I’m not going to say I’m an expert on this, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of experiences. The latitude series is also less likely to have Dell’s famous audio issues wherein when a key is pressed, the first word of speech is nearly cut off because of audio enhancements.

Are you wanting to go with Dell, or are you open to other companies, such as Lenovo? The Lenovo think book series is quite nice, reasonably priced, and well built, with good warranty options. There are also the thinkpad series which have incredible keyboards (this is my first thinkpad and I really do understand why these keyboards are raved about). Seeing as how you perform extensive office tasks, a good keyboard is something to keep in mind, too, and I believe the think book series is very close to the thinkpad series in that regard, too.

Just some more things for you to chew and mull over as a new computer is no small investment, especially for someone using assistive technology, and Lenovo computers don’t seem to come with as many audio enhancements unlike Dell.



From: <> On Behalf Of Andrew Diederick
Sent: August 25, 2019 12:15 AM
Subject: Re: New computer specs


Hello all:
Tyler, thank you for the insight. I mainly use Microsoft office suite, and browse the web with this unit. I’m looking on I’m looking at a I seven 512 solid-state drive with 16 gig of RAM. And a plain graphics card. That retails for $1200. I’m not looking to spend more than that, and it states it’s a gaming computer. If the unit specs will last me around six years plus I would be very happy with that.

On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:59 PM, Richard Turner <richardturner42@...> wrote:

The only reason to have the faster processors is if you are editing large audio or video files and multitasking with some processor heavy software, which most people do not do.

And, if I remember correctly; which may be a big if, those graphic cards he mentioned have been problematic with Jaws.

Unless he has some software that is requiring it, which would be surprising.

I will never go back to a standard HD drive after using my SSD drive now for a year.




Always look out for #1, and be careful not to step in #2. 


On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:52 PM, Tyler Wood <tcwood12@...> wrote:

This is completely, 100% true.
Although using a solid state drive in 2019 is almost a must - at least for
those that have experienced one. But so far as other sspecs are concerned
there are too many people out there that equate an i7 or i9 to being better
and that simply isn't true for just about 99% of use case scenarios.
Now that I look back at the specs, what are you needing a dedicated Nvidia
Graphics card for in particular? Intel hd graphics does just fine so far as
Jaws is concerned.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: August 24, 2019 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

The suggestion about a 500 GB SSD is totally subjective.
I've seen folks who never use more than 80 to 10 GB of their HD.
Too often people think bigger is better and that is not always the case.
Also, when you look at all the high specs, what are you doing with it all?
I mean, I'll bet 90% of us here don't do any more than read eMail, open some
web pages, open a spread sheet program once in a while, and listen to some
MP3 audio.
All this can be done with 10 year old technology just fine.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David & his pack of dogs " <myguidedogis@...>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

A tech told me anything over 8 Gigs of ram is too much.  I think he was  

dipping into some sort of sauce.  I received what I was told was a  

refurbished Win 10 computer with 250 Gs hard drive.  It turned out to

be a  windows 7 originally and you could make dinner by the time it booted


Thus, I agree with Feliciano.


-----Original Message-----

From: <> On Behalf Of Feliciano G

Sent: August 24, 2019 9:24 PM


Subject: Re: New computer specs


I suggest you upgrade to a 512 GB solid-state drive.



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On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:21 PM, Andrew Diederick




Hello all.

Looking to purchase a new dell laptop computer. Here are the specs:

I9 processor

16 GB ram

256 GB SSD

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060


I would like this computer to last me about six years. Are all of


specs acceptable for running JFW? Is there anything else that I should

make certain a new laptop has for JFW use?

Appreciate any advise.


Thank you-














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