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Offline Toread

« on: December 06, 2012, 02:24 PM »
Ok I am looking for a computer for my son and hopefully myself if Santa is really going to get me something I want!

Any way I don't know the difference between laptop and notebook lol yes I am that technology challenged! So when you explain this act like you are talking to a 1st grader!

My son wants to use it to play games on line and disc (of course), skype, music, movies and school work.

I also like to play some games, browse web, watch tv/movies, and of course read books.

So what should I be looking for?

Thanks in advance!!



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Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 02:53 PM »
My Netbook does all that.  So does my laptop.

The only difference is I have an external DVD/CD RW [read and write].  The drive in my laptop died so now I use the external for both.  It ran me 30 bucks.  :D  MUCH faster than my old CD drive.  I can put 4.7 gigs of info on a DVD and it burns much much faster than the CD which only held 750 megs.

My netbooks set me back $200 on sale at Wally.

The laptop ran about 600.

Brand?  I would recommend an Acer because it is the only computer I haven't been able to crash.

The major factor is price.  And size.  I can carry my netbook with two fingers.  My laptop is a LOT heavier.  Someone complained they didn't think the netbook was good for anything but email.  I watch and record videos, run my IPOD off it, visit here.  Had 3 different office programs installed.  Have an exercise tracker and calorie counter installed.  Heck it has everything on it my laptop has.  I am assuming the complainer was a total moron. 

One piece of advice DO NOT ACTIVATE THE FREE VIRUS PROGRAM.  It will prob be Norton and Norton is as insidious as a virus.  You practically have to format the  hard drive to get rid of it.  It's also bulky and slows down the computer unless you have a upper end computer.  And you are talking beaucoup bucks for an upper end.  Give me a yell and I'll send you some links to very good free ones plus some free firewalls that are great.

A note: I can tell I am carrying my laptop.  I can't tell I am carrying my netbook.  I just stick it in my messenger bag and take off.

A note:  Be concerned about hard drive sizes.  You want the largest you can get for the money.  They fill up quick.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2012, 03:00 PM by philo »

Offline Toread

Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 03:04 PM »
Ok so basically you are saying notebook is just as good but cheaper? So I should go with that?


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Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 04:08 PM »
Red, it has to be your decision.  I'm just telling you that a Laptop and an netbook will do exactly the same things.  and a Netbook costs less BUT you have to buy an extrenal DVD/CD drive for it.  [you can split the drive between you and your sons if you get two.]

Go somewhere they have them on display and look at them.  Netbooks are cheaper.   Wally has them on display but usually has a bad selection of Netbooks.  Online they have a much better selection of both.  Shop around until you find one that suits you then look on line for reviews.  If you see a LOT saying "WHAT A HUNK OF JUNK"  Don't buy it.   If you see mainly praise "I love this little laptop/netbook"  then consider it.

But they both also have a smaller screen.  If you have an external monitor, it works great.  I plug mine into a regular monitor.  I also plug in my old keyboard [cost me 10 bucks at Wally] and an external mouse.  BUT I do the same for my Laptop.

Look at them somewhere they have them on display.  Then look somewhere like Walmart.com to get the feel.  Don't spend a lot but do get a LOT of memory both of RAM and of Hard Drive. 

And I'll even throw in the name of a great burner program for DVDs that is FREE.  And all you do is drag and drop stuff and then click burn.  You don't have to know computers to use it.  ;)

Offline Lexie

Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 06:12 PM »
I think the laptop/netbook is really not for her son. ;D


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Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 06:32 PM »
Ah but I could have bought two netbooks for the price of one laptop when I got my netbook  ;)

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Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 04:15 AM »
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Ok so basically you are saying notebook is just as good but cheaper? So I should go with that?

Netbooks are basically really small laptop, with a small screen usually aroudn 10 inches.  They don't have a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive, and have very limited upgrade functionallity.

Ultrabooks are really thin laptops, without a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive they can do everything a laptop can do.

A notebook is basically another name for a laptop.  What you need to consider before making a purchase is:
  • How much you are willing to spend (there is no point in getting the most expensive model available as their value would deteriate within the next few months after you get it)
  • Do you need a really portable laptop (if you are gonna be using it on the move constantly then you will may want to consider getting a Ultrabook)
  • What are you gonna use it for (there is no point in spending allot of money for the most expensive model with all the bells and whisles if all you are gonna do is use it to surf the net, check email, produce a word document, listen to music and watch videos on)

My personally recommendation is that you get a laptop with at least a Intel Core i3 Processor (or one with a Dual Core Processor), 4GB Of Ram, 500GB Hard Drive with Windows 7.  You should be able to get a laptop with these specs for a very reasonable price either online or at your local high street retailer.

Offline Ali._.k

Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 08:22 AM »
So this is where the laptop/notebook and netbook discussion came from? :D :D

PHILO, I didn't realize you like Acers. I despise them lol.

Don't forget, Red, that you could also get an external hard drive & they are relatively cheap for an extra 250 or 500gb... in case your laptop does run out of space. Mine does... frequently. One of the main reasons why I'm building a new desktop lol.

Just go for the laptop. More bang for you buck in my opinion and with the things you want to do on it, a netbook would be too limited. For you it would work. For your son, no. AND if he is playing games online... you have to get a laptop that has the right graphics card for it (depends on what games he wants to play).

Offline Lexie

Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 08:32 AM »
Hey! I got Acer! :D An old acer! :D


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Re: laptop/notebook
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 10:07 AM »
All I can tell you is that I have crashed EVERY computer I have ever owned but the Acer.

And in my case Windows 7 and 8 are NOT something I will buy a computer for.  I made sure the Netbook had XP.  The next new one will have Ubuntu on it when I am forced to upgrade.   All my programs are either freeware or shareware and they all offer Ubuntu versions as well as Windows versions.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2012, 10:11 AM by philo »


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