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Re: Talk Me Out Of Buying A Mac
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2016, 10:03:33 PM »
I had that bloatware problem with my Toshiba laptop's stock installation of Windows 7, I ended up reformatting and reinstalling the OS, and it ran a lot better after that. On Windows 7 you can reinstall Windows without losing your license (as long as you don't change the motherboard), I think Windows 10 is the same way.

You can download an (official) iso from Microsoft for free (even if Dell didn't give you a disk). I think you can put that on a flash drive if you don't have an optical drive.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/

Note that if you decide to reinstall you'll have to find all of your own drivers, it's not all that hard though, if you google the hardware IDs that show up in Device Manager, the drivers usually come up.

Just make sure you have a spare computer handy to search for drivers, because your wifi card will probably need a driver.

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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2022, 06:24:00 AM »
The laptop will work fine for KO. I would look on Amazon however, they offer refurbished Laptops around this price. Its nice buying something new but honestly, if you can get better specs for the same price why wouldnt you? You can always make returns on amazon if you are unhappy. EBAY is absolute trash.
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Re: Talk Me Out Of Buying A Mac
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2022, 08:36:22 PM »
Just wanted to stop in and say Kevin's right here, used laptops are absolutely the way to go. It's an old topic but I'm glad I get to post this info somewhere.

Look at the enterprise grade laptops, here are my favorites:
- the Dell Latitude series (I like my E7450 a lot, it runs great, even with Linux) ($80-250)
- the Lenovo P series (e.g. P50, P51) (around $500 but very nice)

I don't think I'd ever buy a new laptop, or spend more than $200-500 on a laptop ever again.

One more thing, stay away from laptops that have 3D accelerator cards (Nvidia Optimus, etc.), laptops with just integrated (e.g., intel HD) graphics are more reliable.

I'll never buy a gamer laptop again, from my own experience and from what I heard from others, they are always unreliable. If you can build your own (even small form factor) desktop instead, do that, but if you really really need a gamer laptop (e.g., if you travel and game) then be prepared for some flakiness.
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Re: Talk Me Out Of Buying A Mac
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2022, 09:52:11 AM »

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Re: Talk Me Out Of Buying A Mac
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2022, 07:11:30 PM »
Whew, talk about posts that didn't age well!  When I saw that Boingo bumped the thread, I was shocked that I was the OP.

 


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