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    Hi!!! I am going to be looking to purchase a new laptop. I dont know anything about computers. Any advice as to where to start etc, would be appreciated. Thanx!!


    Think about what’s important to you. A large hard drive? Light-weight? Long battery life?

    Sister Bear

    – Apple is way above everything else so if you could afford that, it’s the place to look.

    – If you like having a lot of things open on your screen at once (a lot of programs running at a time) you should get a bigger memory. Maybe 3 or 4 gigs or ram (sorry I forgot what it’s called).

    – I’ve heard that Toshiba is the best company but I think Sony and Compaq and basically all the others are on the same level. But Gateway I heard, is not good.

    -Good luck and remember to read all the reviews on a computer before you buy it.


    i have a dell and i’m happy with it….


    Hear that, thanks to you all, good shabbos!!!!!!




    Buy a computer that meets your requirements, or maybe slightly exceeds them.

    Why? because:

    -Buying a computer that greatly exceeds your needs is a waste of money.

    -Buying a computer that isn’t capable of meeting your needs will result in frustration.

    Before you start shopping, here’s what you should know:

    1) What will you be using your computer for? email? word processing? web surfing? game playing? photo and video editing? watching DVDs and listening to CDs? schoolwork? accounting applications?

    2) How will you be primarily using your computer? in one place? throughout the house, but mainly in the house? back-and-forth to school or work frequently?

    3) What degree of hand-holding and technical assistance is needed? do you have a teenage sibling who is a computer whiz to help you? will you frequently be needing assistance for basic tasks?

    4) Do you need a full keyboard? large keys? what about screen size?

    “I want to buy a computer” is similar to “I want to buy a car” – one size doesn’t fit all.

    Once you’ve answered the above questions people will be able to give you more useful advice and info.


    As others have said, it depends on what you need it for.

    @Sister Bear – I would like to add that Apple computers are *not necessarily better*. This is true *even for video and professional graphic artists*. I have done camp videos and weddings professionally. Don’t believe stereotypes. Also,I own an iMac (Core 2 Duo, late 2009) and *I make iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps*. That said, I’ve been using Windows since version 3.1 and the Windows side of things isn’t all that bad. Puleeez. If you are used to windows, stick with it.

    @I can only try – good points.

    I personally have (in addition to my iMac) an HP laptop which has some overheating problems when I try to play video games on it. I also have an HP desktop and an iPad. An iPad is, contrary to what some will say, more than a large iPod touch.

    You can do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, browse the web and send and receive email on the iPad. I think that makes it at least as much of a computer as Windows 3.1. (Also, email was rare in the Win 3.1 days.)

    Good Shabbos.

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