Ok so laptops now

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  1. CAcop

    CAcop

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    My wife has decided that we need to get 2 laptops for the kids vs chromebooks.

    What are good brands?

    What gig of RAM is good?

    What size HD?

    Mostly going for something reliable and easy but not gigantic so we can't take it on trips. It also doesn't have to be something you can throw in a book bag. For kids 8 and 6.
     
  2. Resqu2

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    MacBook Air for the win.
     

  3. as400guy1

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    Umm...no....only lefties like apple products...
     
  4. IamtheNRA

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    For Windows, I'd go with HP or Asus. Both have served me well over the years.
     
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    Well I’m as right leaning as I can be sitting here typing this on my IPad Pro, looking at my big IMac on my desk while checking the temp on my Apple Watch, looking at a message on my IPhone XS Max while listening to some tunes through my Apple AirPods.
     
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    The Dell XPS line is about as good as any laptop can get without going to a full-blown gaming laptop.

    Currently, you can pick from a 13-inch, 15-inch, or 17-inch screen size that is "infinity-edge", meaning no bezels. The keyboards are crisp, the trackpads are some of the best on any laptop of any type or price point, the battery life is one of the longest in the industry, and they are quite durable. The screen on the current models hits around 500-nits of peak brightness and is gorgeous; I believe it is one of the best looking out there.

    While the product is under warranty, Dell will send someone to your house to do repairs if needed, so you will not have to deal with the hassle of shipping it out. If you want to keep a longer warranty, you can do a monthly subscription instead of having to buy one up front. Dell will also let you renew your warranty coverage even after it has expired.

    While I used to be a fan of the MacBooks and I have owned 2 of them as well, they are not made as well as they used to be. Apple is blatantly lying about the processor speeds on their current models, the motherboards are burning out much faster due to the way they regulate the internal temps, and the RAM is soldered in and only replaceable at the factory. Also, forget about getting them fixed unless you have the Apple Care Warranty. However, if you already use Apple phones and tablets (I still do, for instance) then you might enjoy the higher level of intergration between all of your devices.
     
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  7. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Ornery & Irreverent Lifetime Member

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    Is Lenovo still sending theirs out infested with no-choice pre-installed spyware & phone-home-ware?
     
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  9. Old Army Guy

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    I think Dell offers a Law Enforcement discount.
     
  10. seanmac45

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    All of the execs in my company are issued Lenovos. They range in features and price point.

    Newegg or Tiger Direct should be able to provide you with good selections and prices.
     
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    If you can wait for the new Apple ARM laptops you’d probably be very happy.
     
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    For general use laptops, go with the following:

    Processor: i5 or i7
    HDD or SSD (faster and more durable): 1TB
    RAM: 16 GB

    If you are going to do video or photo editing stuff, go with more RAM (32 GB) and get one with a dedicated graphics card.
     
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    I have a Dell for work that has a SSD, so it boots up really fast. Can't speak too much for Dells other than that. Dell has been around a long time, though...one of the first big PC companies.
     
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    The great thing about an SSD is they are way more durable as well. I can't even recall the number of HDD units that I have killed by carrying and knocking around my laptops over the years.
     
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    I use Apple laptops currently, but in the past, I was issued Lenovo products. I was pleased with Lenovos’ durability, which may be a big deal with kids. It’s been years since I’ve had a Dell, but my last two Dells were garbage. This feedback is very dated, so maybe the landscape has changed.
     
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    I have 4 working Dells (2 personal and 2 government) The oldest Dell was bought in 2009 and carried on 2 deployments to Afghanistan and it still works.

    I have one Lenovo. It lasted about 6 months and died. Apparently a common problem.
     
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    Windows for sure.
    I've been very happy with Dell and Levono.
    The one HP I laptop I had was a turd, but I think that was just bad luck. My newer desktop is HP and it runs like a champ.
     
  18. IamtheNRA

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    I generally don't carry around my laptops very much, so I don't have that problem. If I did have a laptop for heavy travel use, it would definitely have an SSD.
     
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    If it is for schooling, go Chromebook.
    Your kids can't game on a Chromebook.
     
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    So you are just going to let them dictate what products the rest of us can buy?

    They drink water too. Better give that up also.