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        01-25-2009, 11:36 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    ??Laptops??

    I want to buy a laptop sometime in the future... I want a touch screen laptop but I can't find the one I want at Dell or anything.. Do any of yall know of a touch screen laptop??? Any brand will be fine... preferably dell or apple.. thanks!
         
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        01-25-2009, 11:43 AM
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    Why exactly do you want one with a touchscreen? They're expensive and often very unreliable and in most situations there is minimal benefit.
         
        01-25-2009, 12:28 PM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga    
    Why exactly do you want one with a touchscreen? They're expensive and often very unreliable and in most situations there is minimal benefit.

    I just really like a touch screen im not sure why..haha.. why are they unreliable and minimal benefits?? Im eager to learn about different laptops..

    Isnt that with the touch screen you can get software for architects that is easier to use with a touch screen.. can't remember where I have heard that before..haha


    Also which on do you guys prefer? Apple or dell and give reasons or examples why...
         
        01-25-2009, 12:55 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Why did I know that you wouldn't know why you want a touch screen laptop Katie .

    Come on, firstly there are no touch screen Apple laptops nor Dell.Secondly you said any brand will work, but then put preferences .

    How much is your budget Katie? And when are you planning to buy one?

    When the time comes closer, let us know and we'll try our best to help you out.

    Oh and touchscreen laptops aren't unreliable nor they are minimal to benefits. They have benefits at their own areas and there is no question about reliability . The question is why you want it and what needs will it fulfill, which at the moment you are not sure about.

    Regards
         
        01-25-2009, 01:22 PM
      #5
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jehanzeb    
    why did I know that you wouldn't know why you want a touch screen laptop Katie .

    Come on, firstly there are no touch screen Apple laptops nor Dell.Secondly you said any brand will work, but then put preferences .

    How much is your budget Katie? And when are you planning to buy one?

    When the time comes closer, let us know and we'll try our best to help you out.

    Oh and touchscreen laptops aren't unreliable nor they are minimal to benefits. They have benefits at their own areas and there is no question about reliability . The question is why you want it and what needs will it fulfill, which at the moment you are not sure about.

    Regards

    Haha! Ummmmmm... haha... well! I thought dell did sell a touch screen laptop..hmm maybe I am wron bu ti found one but the screen was only 12.1 inches I think... well im not really sure when I wan tto get one bu ti wan tone under 2,000$... ok the only two brands I want is either a dell or apple... so any help from anybody would be appreciated. Thanks!
         
        01-25-2009, 01:28 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    A few years ago I was seriously looking into a touchscreen laptop to allow me to take diagram- and equation-full notes on a computer. They're more bulky and less hardy, and the way the screen is attached to the rest of the laptop is on many models a definite weak spot. You have to be very careful not to damage the screen.

    The only benefit I would have got from them would be possibly taking notes electronically, but it would still have been inferior to pen and paper for my purposes. I discussed it with a girl in the year above who did have a touchscreen laptop.

    What do you plan to use the laptop for? Why Apple or Dell? There are many good brands out there.
         
        01-25-2009, 01:48 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga    
    A few years ago I was seriously looking into a touchscreen laptop to allow me to take diagram- and equation-full notes on a computer. They're more bulky and less hardy, and the way the screen is attached to the rest of the laptop is on many models a definite weak spot. You have to be very careful not to damage the screen.

    The only benefit I would have got from them would be possibly taking notes electronically, but it would still have been inferior to pen and paper for my purposes. I discussed it with a girl in the year above who did have a touchscreen laptop.

    What do you plan to use the laptop for? Why Apple or Dell? There are many good brands out there.

    Well I am starting to question a touch screen..
    Some of the main things I will use it for is:
    1.Microsoft Office Programs such as Word, Power Point, Publisher, etc
    2.Photo editing software
    3. Architecture Designing Software..
    4. Basic computer stuff also like web surfing and etc.

    This laptop will be used mostly when I go to college.. I will also take it with me when I travel so I need a wireless internet connection.

    Is is possible to have a wireless internet connection hooked up to a cell phone?
    Thanks again guys for the help!
         
        01-25-2009, 01:54 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Any architecture software you use at uni is likely to be licensed to their computers only, in my experience. The only engineering program I'm allowed to put on my computer so far is one that was written by a guy in the department; a very basic program modelling flow through two tanks. ASPEN, MATLAB etc are all on the uni computers.

    It sounds to me like you just need a good laptop :) I don't know anything about cell phones (I just had to change my phone for the first time in four years and bought the most basic mobile I could), but for a laptop I would probably recommend something with 2GB RAM or more (go for 3 or 4 GB if you can get it!), 15"+ screen and a large (160GB min) hard disk. That will let you do the things you need to do and as you're not, say, a gamer, you won't need to worry too much about what your graphics card is.

    When it comes to Microsoft Office, take a look out for special offers for students. Just over a year ago I was able to get a great deal - Microsoft Office Ultimate (i.e. All the programs) for just 40, perpetual license! This Christmas I bought Office Home and Student (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote) for my mum for about 60.

    However, if you don't specifically want the functionality of Microsoft Office you could always look into freeware options such as OpenOffice. These are free programs available on the internet.
         
        01-25-2009, 02:04 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga    
    Any architecture software you use at uni is likely to be licensed to their computers only, in my experience. The only engineering program I'm allowed to put on my computer so far is one that was written by a guy in the department; a very basic program modelling flow through two tanks. ASPEN, MATLAB etc are all on the uni computers.

    It sounds to me like you just need a good laptop :) I don't know anything about cell phones (I just had to change my phone for the first time in four years and bought the most basic mobile I could), but for a laptop I would probably recommend something with 2GB RAM or more (go for 3 or 4 GB if you can get it!), 15"+ screen and a large (160GB min) hard disk. That will let you do the things you need to do and as you're not, say, a gamer, you won't need to worry too much about what your graphics card is.

    When it comes to Microsoft Office, take a look out for special offers for students. Just over a year ago I was able to get a great deal - Microsoft Office Ultimate (i.e. All the programs) for just 40, perpetual license! This Christmas I bought Office Home and Student (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote) for my mum for about 60.

    However, if you don't specifically want the functionality of Microsoft Office you could always look into freeware options such as OpenOffice. These are free programs available on the internet.

    Oh ok.. well actually I do like to play games( sims and horseback things) and I will be watching many dvds on it.. but I don't think it will matter.. im not an expert on laptops, can't ya tell!haha... but what about when I own my own business, wont I need a type of home design software?
         
        01-25-2009, 02:09 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    When I say gamer, I mean hardcore WoW or LOTRO or so on where you need really high-end graphics. For the Sims, an okay graphics card will suffice :)

    When you one day own your own business, you will have to purchase high-end computers and pay for licenses for expensive software! On work experience I have used many very highly specialised chemical engineering programs, including ones for P&IDs as well as modelling new plant and running plant. The company has to purchase licenses for all this software.
         

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