A lot of people don’t ever take their
laptop anywhere, but if you do or even just like to bring it
to different places in your house then a laptop is probably a
It’s no more difficult or hard to plug an
external keyboard whether wired or wireless into a laptop and
if you use a Bluetooth one like the Logitech K780 then you
don’t even have to plug it in, just connect it.
The same goes for speakers, you can easily
plug in external speakers or, once again, you could use a
I do have a laptop at home because I do
occasionally bring it to trade shows I attend or when I go on
holidays for longer than a week, but at home it almost always
sits in my office plugged in and I use a Logitech K780 and a
Logitech H800 headset, both are Bluetooth and I can go most
places in my house with them.
If I didn’t want a laptop from time to time
I could easily have a mini PC at home, those are my preference
at my business because they are small, virtually silent and
they do all I need them to do. Of course if you want a higher
performance one with an I7 CPU, 16Gb of RAM and a 512Gb SSD
they may cost a bit more.
I used to have a few of the Intel NUC mini
PC’s, but a few years ago bought two HP EliteDesk 800 G2, one
with an I5 and one an I7 CPU, both sixth generation, and by
now I only have 1 Intel NUC left, the other 3 are all HP with
the latest being the EliteDesk 800G4 with an 8th
generation I7 CPU and it’s a great little PC.
One thing you might not have considered is that many laptops
no longer have a separate key for the applications (the thing
sighted people think of as the right click menu). Some have a
key combination with the fn key and right control key to do
the same thing. Most laptop keyboards are awkward for anyone
with other than small hands, and key separation ranges from
okay to horrible. I really suggest buying locally if at all
possible, a laptop that may be fine for one person might annoy
someone else. If you can get by without portability, get a
desktop, then you can plug in a real keyboard and good
speakers more easily.
On 1/6/2020 21:40, Jim Rawls wrote:
It’s new computer time, and here is
what I want on the computer.
1. A numeric key pad with
decent separation between it, and the rest of the
2. An optical disk drive.
3. At least an intel core
4. Head phone jack, and I
guess these days it’s a combo jack with microphone.
5. Decent battery life.
6. And anything else you
might recommend. And any thoughts will be appreciated.