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Suggestions for new laptop?

Discussion in 'Feedback/Suggestions' started by Phosphene, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    I’m in the market for a basic laptop that I can hook to an Ethernet cable in the yard, and not be too upset if it accidentally gets left out in the rain. :D

    Just kidding, kinda, but I definitely don’t want anything fancy. Just sturdy, relatively lightweight, low-flicker. (I’ll add Iris software of course, but anything better in affordable screen technology yet?)

    Will probably buy refurbished—have had good luck with that.
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  2. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

  3. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    Thanks Jan. Not looking to spend anywhere near that much but I’ll keep the brand in mind. I’ve got lights and cold tubs and pork bellies to buy as well...:D
  4. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    I got the 15" version.
    My main reason was, that relatively often I had difficulties in hearing @Jack Kruse speak.
    Initially I got separate speaker for my old computer, but it was not helping much.
    Now it works (somewhat) better.

  5. drezy

    drezy New Member

    I needed a development system for a project I'm working on. Nothing fancy, but I needed windows to run a specific IDE.

    I liked this little portable unit ($168).
    Throw in a $10 usb->ethernet dongle, the $14 Iris software, and *boom* Bob's your uncle (as our UK and AUS member's might say).
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  6. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Forgot to mention at that size and price just stash it into a gallon ziplock bag and leave in the rain all you want.
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  7. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    Nice. Phosphene asked for something basic.

    Will one be able to listen to Jack's webinars on that machine?
    Will it slow down when one opens 10-30 firefox windows, e-mail, few excel spreadsheets and graphic software? Corel Paintshop 2019 (64 bit) in my case.

  8. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Probably, Don't overlook the "loudness equalizer" setting mentioned here:

    Also that article mentions Boom3d audio software. I haven't tried it yet, but I use something like this on MacOS.

    i'm not sure it could handle your use cases. Note it has 4GB of RAM

    You can check your current memory usage like this:

    Also as-is it's in Windows-S mode:
    "Windows 10 in S Mode is a more limited, locked-down Windows operating system. In S Mode, you can only install apps from the Store, and you can only browse the web with Microsoft Edge."

    It's upgradeable for some money, but it may not float Jan's boat...

    I think it's near the bottom price range(yet upgradable) for anyone who half jokingly mentions the possibility of leaving it in the rain.
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  9. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    I have a 10" touch screen, Win 10 computer (initially it was Win 7 or 8)
    APEX Digital
    TSN: 718325201841504329
    Model: TM101W515L
    FCC ID : @ACPN-TM101W515L
    32-bit Operating System, x64-based processor
    installed RAM 1GB
    Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU Z3735G @1.33GHz
    I paid for it under $150

    It would be really neat little computer. But that 1GHz RAM makes it hardly usable.

    Wonder if there is a way to throw out that RAM and replace it with something bigger?
    Wonder if it would accept any bigger RAM.

  10. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Possible? Yes.

    Special tools and skillset? Likely.

    Probably like this:
  11. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    That is what I was afraid of.

  12. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    Thanks a bunch. I’m definitely looking low-end for my currently simple use case. I’ve gotten used to cloud storage, and using Google Docs, Sheets, etc. when needed. Privacy be damned I guess.

    I’ve forwarded the suggestion on to hubs since he likes to think he has some say in the matter. :rofl:
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  13. drezy

    drezy New Member

    If I remember correctly he's also cost conscious. If he can do better let me know. I ended up just dual booting my MacBook (OSX + Win 10) for now and it's working alright for me, but in case I need another cheap system your husband's finds would be appreciated too.
  14. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    Yes, cost-conscious is a kind euphemism but we are similar there at least. He recommended another Chromebook and I was considering that since Iris has a Chrome extension. But it turns out that newly graduated son got a laptop from his job so mom inherited his four year old Toshiba Satellite (originally $450). Not sure how I feel about it, but will give it a go. It’s heavy and the build quality is suspect, but if it lasted this long that’s a good sign.

    One of its “features” is a TruBrite HD Display—oy! :eek:

    Next step: loading and configuring Iris, and getting a super long outdoor Ethernet cable. C7??

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  15. drezy

    drezy New Member

    I'm not snobby at all about computers. I spend time on a $150 Dell D12U and have no problem at all with it.

    I'm using Cat6e and it extends just fine at least 200+ feet.
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  16. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    I’ll need closer to 400 feet to get to my sunspots in the yard with a little slack. Best place to buy in this quantity?
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  17. Mike David

    Mike David Same name new person

    What if you go to a local electrical supply house and get 1000’ of shielded cat 6 and put the two ends on it yourself. Just a matter of matching colors and maybe watching a little YouTube.
  18. drezy

    drezy New Member

    My boy and wife are really good at mashing the ends of ethernet cables. I can almost cap them back off in the dark now...
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  19. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    While I wouldn’t consider us the best DIYers we’ve kluged together enough projects that this should be doable. Thanks again!
  20. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Feel free to let me know if you need any assistance.
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