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    New Laptop Required

    Okay Guys, I know there's many of you who are well into computing, and i could do with some advice. My current Samsung (running Windows 7) is in dire need of replacement and i've heard that the choices seem to be
    A) another Windows based laptop
    B) a MacBook
    C) Chromebook

    My useage is general internet browsing, a few text documents, collection of photographs, Spotify and internet banking.

    Which should i change to ?

    All advice gratefully received.

    Mick
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    Depends on your budget really.

    A Chromebook will do all you need for probably the lowest price. Bit restrictive if you want to do anything else though.
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    just hear a lot of people slating windows 10. what can't you do with chromebook then ?
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    Personally I much prefer windows 10, but it needs a slightly more powerful spec and has generally worse battery life.

    A Chromebook is basically a laptop running the chrome browser with the option of running Android apps (like on a phone or tablet). You can't (easily) install other programs and stuff (iTunes etc), shouldn't be an issue for you though.
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    Windows 10 was a little ropey to begin with but it improves with every update. Then again, I use Classic Shell and make it look like Windows 7.

    Mine needs replacing soon, I'm at the stage where it's held together with Gorilla Glue.

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    Do you need a keyboard? Save some money and get a tablet
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    How will you be accessing photos Mick? Have you got them saved on a external hard drive or a network storage?

    The reason I ask is we store all of our photos on a Western Digital NAS and I've yet to find a way of accessing them on our Chromebook. Worth taking into consideration.
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    Chromebooks are shite. Avoid.

    Im using a Lenovo x1 Yoga, it's as fast as anything and has a touchscreen, so it's essentially a laptop/tablet. Would highly recommed for multi-tasking between tabs.I counted the other day - I had 42 tab open on one Chrome window, another 4 in another window and 5 in an Incognito window. This would normally crash a laptop but the Yoga can take it.
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    Chromebooks aren't shite! If you just need something for browsing the web and doing general office stuff (using Google Apps) it's pretty unbeatable for less than £200. We're just about to start using them in school and they fit our needs perfectly.
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    Agree with Machin! Chromebooks have no place in a work environment, but are fine for general stuff.

    @Machin you can install Android apps on Chromebooks now, sure WD must have an app to access photos on the NAS? If not you could just install X file explorer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tredman View Post
    Agree with Machin! Chromebooks have no place in a work environment, but are fine for general stuff.

    @Machin you can install Android apps on Chromebooks now, sure WD must have an app to access photos on the NAS? If not you could just install X file explorer.
    My Chromebook is too old to be able to install Android apps unfortunately. I've used the WD app on my phone and it's clunky as hell. It may have got better, but accessing via a generic file explorer app over the lan would be far better.
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    thanks for all your advice guys. i'm not that technically minded just looking for something that does simple tasks. Mac Books are far too expensive for my needs, so its a toss up between windows 10 or chromebook.
    regarding photos currently on my laptop, i guess they could be downloaded to an external drive and plugged into whichever new model i purchased - or am i being too naive ?
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    thanks for all your advice guys. i'm not that technically minded just looking for something that does simple tasks. Mac Books are far too expensive for my needs, so its a toss up between windows 10 or chromebook.
    regarding photos currently on my laptop, i guess they could be downloaded to an external drive and plugged into whichever new model i purchased - or am i being too naive ?
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    I wouldn't let Win 10 be too great a factor in your decision. It's really not the devil's spawn I thought it was going to be. And if you don't want to or can't be bothered to customize its clunky start menu, then you can make it look like Win 7, like Pablowolf has.
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    Windows laptop all day long.

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    Windows 7 4 lyf. So far it's only hindered me once
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    The latest generation of processors won't let you install Windows 7 now.
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    Support ends soon for 7 anyway, I think it’s next year. I’m considering doing a clean install of 8 on mine then upgrading to 8.1 with Start8. It’s a massive job though as updating 8 and resinstalling all my stuff will take days. Backing up isn’t an issue as everything’s on separate hard drives but just don’t know if I can be arsed to go through it all. I may just run 7 til the day it dies then reluctantly switch to 10.

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    Any reason you're resisting moving to 10, Booz?
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    Can't say I've had any huge issues with my home laptop on 10. (Work is another matter - lots of conflicts with other software)

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    Quote Originally Posted by machin05 View Post
    Any reason you're resisting moving to 10, Booz?
    I tested it from day one as a Windows Insider and while it improved over the 18 months or so I ran it in a dual boot (after running it in a virtual machine) I just didn’t like the lack of control I had over driver installation. That was probably my main reason, I’m also not particularly struck on the idea of an ever evolving OS but at some point I’ll just have to do it.

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    Gah, guess I'll have to update at some point then.
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    Windows 10 is great once you get used to it.
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    I honestly didn't think people were that stupid...

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    Yeah I'm sure it is. I just hate change
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublin Drummer Wolf View Post
    Windows 10 is great once you get used to it.
    Let me know how to stop it auto installing the audio drivers for a GTX980 Classified which conflict with the Realtek audio drivers and I might start agreeing. Also how to keep network drives mapped during major update rollouts instead of having to remap them every time. I can’t remember the other issues off the top of my head but I don’t expect to have to manage an operating system on a regular basis, it’s a massive ballache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
    Let me know how to stop it auto installing the audio drivers for a GTX980 Classified which conflict with the Realtek audio drivers and I might start agreeing. Also how to keep network drives mapped during major update rollouts instead of having to remap them every time.
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    Some laptop recommendations needed from you über geeks please.

    My wife is after a laptop for her Uni course next year. Her whole course is online so she will need to be able to do her assignments on it, download and watch lectures and recorded herself doing presentations and use power point etc.

    Would a chromebook do all that or does she need an actual proper laptop. Any recommendations? All answers need to be in child friendly form as I am probably only a couple levels up from Paddy with my understanding of technology.
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    dealing with 3rd party materials and having to do recordings and whatnot... guessing a chromebook not gonna be what you want, or at least might be more hassle than is worth

    chromebooks you're stuck with whatever the native OS and google apps support. you can't install anything or do normal OS filesystem type things. it's not a "real" OS, it's meant for cloud file sharing and browsing the internet, very light stuff.

    anything more specific the other guys can chime in. dunno what you guys have over there and "what laptop" is a bit vague without knowing size, pricerange, preferences (battery life, good screen, full keyboard, etc.).

    edit -- chromebooks are also basically laptop recording devices so avoiding them for that reason alone is worth it IMNSFHO.
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