Buying my Dad a laptop

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Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:31 pm

Hey guys I need some help as I have never purchased a laptop before and need to buy one for my dad. He has already said that he wants the rotatable screen (the kind where you can turn the screen to a person sitting across from you), and a maximum budget of ~$1000.

He only uses it for business and casual use. And he usually keeps a lot of programs open at once (internet, outlook, word, excel, etc.)

Any suggestions?
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:42 pm

The one where you can turn the screen is called a convertible tablet. They're typically more expensive than a equivalent laptop without that feature. HP has the TouchSmart tm2 that starts under $1000 but it's not the greatest made laptop in the world. HP's business unit with this starts at over $1500 and that's going to be the typical price point for other high quality laptops with such a feature.

You need to also give us some help with other must haves. Such as a desired battery life and weight.

I'll be honest, if your dad wants a quality built unit then he should expect to expand his budget or do without a swiveling screen.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:42 pm

Mondos wrote:he wants the rotatable screen (the kind where you can turn the screen to a person sitting across from you).
I think this mean he wants something that's typically called a tablet. He wants a screen like this?
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:45 pm

backlit keyboard is a must
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:06 pm

wibeasley wrote:
Mondos wrote:he wants the rotatable screen (the kind where you can turn the screen to a person sitting across from you).
I think this mean he wants something that's typically called a tablet. He wants a screen like this?


Yes.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:13 pm

Battery life only has to be around 5-8 hours. He mostly has it on his desktop plugged in.

Weight is really not a big issue. As I said, he mostly uses it on his desktop and if he travels, he puts it in a suitcaseish thing.

Also, his current laptop is a Lenovo. He seems to like it and it has lasted him a while.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:24 pm

Mondos wrote:Battery life only has to be around 5-8 hours. He mostly has it on his desktop plugged in.

Weight is really not a big issue. As I said, he mostly uses it on his desktop and if he travels, he puts it in a suitcaseish thing.

Also, his current laptop is a Lenovo. He seems to like it and it has lasted him a while.


Well what's his current laptop? It's important to look at what he does like before we can make any decent suggestions.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:27 pm

Pretty sure it is this one.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:34 pm

Well, the only 2 laptops that are really worth replacing that tablet pc are both 1500-1800 dollars. Both of which are business convertables, just like that one is. The lenovo x201t or the hp 2740p.
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Re: Buying my Dad a laptop

Postposted on Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:24 pm

Care to try a Fujitsu? I had one of their earlier generation tablets (T4210) and the build quality was top notch. I hear their customer service isn't that great, but most of the other Fujitsu users I've met seem to agree that they've never had to call in either. I haven't had first hand experience with this model (Lifebook TH700) but it's priced at $999 and I doubt their build quality has changed, so it might be worth taking a look at.
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