moderated Re: New computer specs

James Homuth

Eh, that's even less of a problem now if you're running Windows 10. Look up
"Fast Startup". Basically, "shut down" doesn't mean what it used to. Even if
you're running a mechanical drive if you want performance increases that'll
do it. That being said, if you need to restart your computer, turning it off
and back on again no longer does the trick unless that option's
disabled--you need to actually hit restart. To address the rest of your
point though, everything's relative. I haven't had to replace the mechanical
drive in this 4-year-old laptop yet. I did have to replace the drive in a
7-year-old desktop, and the replacement outlasted the desktop--it became an
external drive when the desktop gave up the ghost. On the other hand, your
SSD could fail tomorrow. The difference is when that goes, you're a lot more
pooched--the data recovery tricks of old won't work on it quite so well.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Tyler Wood
Sent: August-25-19 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

The GPU does not free up the processor whatsoever and, in fact, is a
completely different animal than a processor.
The GPU in your machine may not, in fact, be used if you are getting 15
hours of batterylife. There is something called Optymous technology from
Nvidia that when used, allows the independent graphics card to power off
while the dedicated Intel HD graphics does its thing, and that sounds
exactly what is going on in your use case.
Few people seem to realize that shift f10 performs the exact same action as
applications key - and barring that, you can use sharp keys to remap a key
to the right of the space bar to that if you so choose.

Regarding the comment about an SSD not lasting long - I have a Toshiba
laptop here from 2012 that still has 85% of its life remaining. In that time
I have had 5 mechanical drives fail, without warning, and only 2 of which
made any actual noise to tell me so. These days if a laptop or computer in
general does not shut down, you will get a message popping up on screen from
your screen reader if you have it set to run at log on, telling you the
following programs are still running in the background and giving you the
option to shut down anyway or cancel. The benefits of a solid state drive to
batterylife and speed are so beyond amazing compared with a spinning
mechanical drive. Expect the machine to boot in less than 30 seconds
regardless what programs run at startup - add another 15 or 20, maybe, to
get said programs running. You can start using the machine as soon as the
screen reader is running, no more waiting to get to the desktop to check a
simple email or modify one line in a word document. Resuming from sleep
happens in less than 1.5 seconds these days.
Far more pluses than drawbacks, in my view.

Just my $.02!

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Zel Iscel
Sent: August 25, 2019 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

Hi all,

Until recently, I always bought computers with i5 processors but I find they
often lag and Outlook seems to open and close itself regularly, which is
very annoying!

I usually have several docs and several apps open at the same time so a
couple of weeks ago I bought a laptop with an I7 processor and 16 gb ram. It
seems to be working well with minimal lags.

I was considering Dell Latitude and the Lenovo models but they didn't have
all the keys on the keyboard. None of the Lenovo models had an apps key and
I can't remember which key Dell didn't have.

In the end I settled for The ruggedised HP ProBook 640 G4 with 16GB RAM and
upgraded warranty. It has an I7 processor, 16 gb ram, 512 gb SSD storage, 15
hours battery life, NVDIA graphics card, and all the keys (except a numpad
which I don't need anyway).

It's a little heavier than I was hoping for at 1.8 kg but I'm willing to
sacrifice the weight for a long battery life and an independent graphics
card. NVDIA and AMD are apparently the only two independent graphics cards
that work well with Jaws. I specifically wanted an independent graphics card
in order to free up the processor so I can do the things I need to do with
minimal lags.

I use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook (Including calendar), and
whatever else I need to work with and can access. I also test websites and
some accessibility ttools, though I haven't found any that I like yet.

I feel like I'm writing for a job application. Lol! But I hope this helps
you, Andrew, in your decision for a new laptop. Good luck.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: Sunday, 25 August 2019 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

That was going to be my comment as well, if all you do is run Windows 10 and
maybe Office and you mostly store documents and not thousands and thousands
of pictures or, even worse, videos there is probably no need for anything
larger. Having said this when it comes to price and what you get for it a
500Gb or, as some manufacturers specify, a 512Gb SSD seems to be in the
sweet spot right now.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:41 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 " <>
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
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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