moderated Re: It's new computer time and I am looking for advice.

Zel Iscel

Hi all,


My laptop and mobile phone comprise my mobile office. I travel in and out of Australia with them. Consequently, I buy small laptops with no DVD player and no numeric keypad. I don’t like to carry too many things so I don’t use an external keyboard either.


Probably needless to say but portability is important for me, as well as speed. I used to be a Toshiba fan too Maria, but I find they’re no good now. Last year I bought a ruggedised HP ProBook 640 G4 with 16GB RAM, and it’s working very well. It’s a little heavier than what I’d usually get but I believe that’s because of the AMD graphics card it comes with. I didn’t want Intel this time because it relies on the processor and thus slows down the computer. Graphics cards such as AMD, operate separately from the processor so the laptop is a lot faster.


The laptop wasn’t cheap but I couldn’t run my business without it so I don’t mind investing money on a good one.


So my advice when buying a new computer is to really think about what you’re going to do with it and what features you need to do what you’re going to do with it.


Hope that helps.


From: <> On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: Tuesday, 7 January 2020 11:36 PM
Subject: Re: It's new computer time and I am looking for advice.


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 better choice.

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.

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.


Best regards,



From: <> On Behalf Of Chris Hill
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: It's new computer time and I am looking for advice.


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:

Hi all,

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 keyboard.

2.       An optical disk drive.

3.       At least an intel core 5 processor,

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.

7.       Jim


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