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    Hey everyone. I'm in need of a laptop and could use some help. I previously had an hp pavilion and almost 2 years in the hard drive failed and I lost majority of my work. Local tech stores looked at it and did what they could but they were unable to pull any data off the hard drive. So, do I go with another Windows laptop or something different. I use office suite quite a bit (mostly excel) but other than that I'm all Google services. Macbooks have always intrigued me but I have never in my life touched a mac or used osx, however I'm always willing to try something different. I've been a Windows user since I started using a pc 15+ years ago. I don't do gaming or any kind of editing. I have been teaching myself to program using ruby and Javascript so something I could program on would be ideal. Price range is $600-$900. Any suggestions?

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    Have you looked at Chromebooks?

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    The Microsoft store site always has some good deals going on. I'd look at the Dell XPS 13 in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    Have you looked at Chromebooks?
    For that budget he can have a decent laptop. Even a MacBook Air! :-)
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    I agree that the OP probably needs more than a Chromebook, based on what he said.. But for me, and for a lot of other people, Chromebooks are pretty awesome. My two Chromebooks are way more than decent. It just depends on what you use them for.
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    Chromebooks are interesting machines but I don't think I could use one as a full time laptop. Something I kept at home and my kids could use would probably be fine though. Interesting that Dell was mentioned. Every pc I have owned except for one (the hp in my op) has been a Dell and they have been great, however, I've never had a Dell laptop. The Dell desktop I'm running now has been going strong for 7 years now. The one before that for 6 years, so is the laptop hardware as reliable as the desktop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flybub View Post
    Chromebooks are interesting machines but I don't think I could use one as a full time laptop. Something I kept at home and my kids could use would probably be fine though. Interesting that Dell was mentioned. Every pc I have owned except for one (the hp in my op) has been a Dell and they have been great, however, I've never had a Dell laptop. The Dell desktop I'm running now has been going strong for 7 years now. The one before that for 6 years, so is the laptop hardware as reliable as the desktop?

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    I owned one for a very short time, and the only real issue I had with it was that the keyboard made a very quiet "coil whine" when the backlit keyboard was on. Not an issue throughout the day but at night when I watched movies on it that would bother me. Other than that it's pretty solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flybub View Post
    Something I kept at home and my kids could use would probably be fine though.
    So why a laptop? A laptop with the same specs as a desktop is about 30 to 40% more expensive. If you don't need portability why pay for a device that is going to disappear to someone's bedroom everyday?
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    Why not just replace the hard drive in the laptop you have and save hundreds of dollars?
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    I did replace the HD. My son is going into Jr high school so I reloaded Windows and gave it to him. I run my family's business so I would like to have something portable. I have a desktop at work and a desktop at home but would like something I can transport when the need arises.

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    Thank you for clarifying your situation.

    IMO since you are running a business stick with what you know. You should be able to find a laptop with an i5 processor in your budget that will work fine.
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    That was going to be my next question regarding the processor. I think an i7 would be overkill but wanted everyone's opinion on the i5. Thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by flybub View Post
    That was going to be my next question regarding the processor. I think an i7 would be overkill but wanted everyone's opinion on the i5. Thanks for the help
    Yes, an i7 processor would be overkill for you. If you're not a gaming junkie and you don't do heavy graphics editing or much multi-tasking an i5 is perfect for you.

    But I doubt very much that running a business and letting the kids play on one and the same machine is a good idea, TBH.
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    Yes, an i7 processor would be overkill for you. If you're not a gaming junkie and you don't do heavy graphics editing or much multi-tasking an i5 is perfect for you.
    Graphics editing would require a better graphics card, not a better CPU
    But yeah, an i7 isn't necessary. It's barely an upgrade over the i5 anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Graphics editing would require a better graphics card
    So would gaming.
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    So would gaming.
    I know. I'm just saying that the i7 isn't what's going to improve graphics editing for him, which is what you replied in the above post.

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    Thanks for the help everyone, greatly appreciated

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