My sister in law recently purchased a Dell netbook. Within hours of her purchase, due to her own inquisitiveness, she had some problems getting Adobe Flash software to work.
As a new user she didn’t understand that Dell support would not help her install Adobe flash – for free. As my community’s resident tech expert I helped her get it working fine.
(Lesson learned – don’t skimp on 24/7 tech support, if your business life is 24/7)
I’ve been using a Dell Latitude E6400 for about a year and hope to purchase a new one in a few months (if not sooner). I also have an HP netboook that I use from time to time. The small screen and diminutive keyboard are a bit too small for me.
In any case, whether you purchase a netbook or full size laptop computer, you’re not going to be giving up your laptop anytime soon. Of course some of you very mobile professionals will lose the laptop in exchange for a smartphone. But most of us will rely on a laptop (not an iPad) as our main, day to day,, business device.
The specifications of your laptop are pretty easy (get the most you can for your money).
Walt Mossberg (WSJ) in his annual column outlines what you need to look for in your next notebook.
He writes As consumers open their wallets again to buy new computers this spring, they’ll face a wide variety of choices and price points, ranging from bargain PCs for as little as $299 to heavily equipped machines for thousands of dollars. This season, there aren’t any big, new mainstream developments in the market, such as when tiny netbooks were introduced a couple of years ago. But there are some new processors and new graphics innovations.
To help guide you through these choices, here’s my annual spring computer buyers’ guide, a quick cheat sheet that tries to clarify some of the issues to make shopping easier.
I’ve focused on laptops, which now dominate the market, but most of this advice also applies to desktops. I haven’t included the new generation of tablets, an emerging category that may eventually replace laptops for some users, but have instead focused on the traditional computers most consumers still seek.
When purchasing a netbook or laptop keep these things in mind:
- Get as much memory as you can (RAM and hard disk space)
- Ensure your data is backed up
- Total support (for hardware and software) can cost $100 or more and white glove warranty can cost even more. It’s worth it, when your notebook drops or your child pours coffee in the keyboard.
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