gordonm888
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November 3rd, 2019 at 12:52:00 PM permalink
I am soliciting technology recommendations and advice

Computing I will be retiring my desktop PC (ancient: Windows 7) soon, and have already retired my laptop some time ago. I do mathematical modeling (but runs > 1 hour are rare) and occasionally do gaming on my PC.

Is there any reason in 2019 to prefer a desktop/tower to a laptop?

Are so-called gaming computers principally distinguished by high-end graphics packages? Is speed a non-issue now?

What laptop brands do you recommend? Any features that you recommend?

TV I have an ancient 720p 55" TV. I just spent an hour looking at 4K and 8K televisions but I can't figure out what content I could watch on them. I don't currently do gaming on PS4s or other gaming systems.

Is there any justification for getting 2K, 4K or 8K TVs? Is there anything to watch?

I have heard of some lines of TVs having image burn-in problems, such as OLEDs. Anybody have any experience with this? Any other issues?

Mobile phone I have an ancient I-phone.

What phone do you use? What would you personally recommend? Why?

Can you recommend an internet site with sincere reviews of technology, i.e., no 'sponsored' reviews?
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November 3rd, 2019 at 1:27:17 PM permalink
CNET is the site I use to check tech reviews.
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November 3rd, 2019 at 2:40:25 PM permalink
Just a walk through WalMart and you can find ideas on 4K TV's for a low price before tariffs affect them substantially. I bought a couple Vizios 3 years ago for someone else, the last ones that had push button remotes. The last TV I bought for myself for $700 ten years ago is desperately in need of replacement, but I don't have room for a 70" TV for $700 now. Probably have to get the same 43" size I've got now for $298. If you live in an area with over the air TV stations, they may be switching to 4K next year, so new TV's will need 4K tuners for them (may be sold separately). Cable companies could start switching around for 4K, but they're way too resistant. People get their 4K Roku for content nowadays.

Just looking at https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/355217/the-best-graphics-cards and 1440p monitors and cards seems to be where the gamers are this year.

A desktop computer can sometimes be upgraded after 5 years; a laptop, not so much unless you hit the right model. You'd buy more RAM, bigger hard drives, a new video card, and new USB interfaces among other things during an upgrade. I upgraded a 10 year old desktop last year, but it's still too damn slow and unresponsive with Windows 10 a year in. Best Buy told me they don't want anything to do with computers older than 3 years old. Windows 10 upgrade/updates have wiped my computers several times now so I suggest getting Acronis and backing stuff up. There's a new Windows 10 upgrade coming very shortly.

PS5 comes out a year from now, so I'll skip the PS4 craze and keep using my PS3 to play Blu-rays from Redbox. The local video rental stores are gone. Video games are going to be download only, and GameStop is hurtling towards going out of business. 4K video games are going to hurt people battling an ISP download cap of say 1 TB per month. Each game download is over 100 GB. So maybe shop at Amazon for games or is that download only too?

I prefer Dell and HP computers, but my knowledge of new computers is out of date. If I could find a model like what I have 7 years on, what's the chance of that? Other models that are more expensive can be used for editing 4K video from iPhones. So the iPhone 11 just came out. What price do you want? Is price an object? The iPhone 5 needs an update today or it won't connect to the internet anymore.
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November 3rd, 2019 at 2:42:27 PM permalink
I don't know anything about computers or TVs.

I like Blu phones. They are pretty cheap they come unlocked and they have good cameras.
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November 3rd, 2019 at 3:15:49 PM permalink
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I prefer Dell and HP computers, but my knowledge of new computers is out of date.


I maintained / supported laptops and desktops at work. High end Dell laptops had a habit of having major defects in their first couple of years. Dead pixels, dead motherboards, defective keys and mouse pads etc. Literally 50% of the high end Dells needed major hardware repairs or were scrapped within 3 years.
High end and mid range HP's were far, far more reliable and were worthy of upgrades to keep them in service for many years.

The Dells did boast better specs though.

Dell towers were workhorses and much more reliable that HP towers.

Don't get me started on Apple devices $:o)
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November 3rd, 2019 at 4:07:34 PM permalink
Computer
Get a Lenovo laptop. Specifically I would recommend anything from the T400 series. We buy literally thousands of these at my work and the very rarely break, and routinely last 7-10 years. Even the ones that are heavily traveled to construction sites don’t have issues.

Get 16GB memory and an SSD and you will not need another PC for many years.

You can also get a docking station from Lenovo for it, which turns it into a desktop. You get the best of both words.

TV
Go to https://www.rtings.com/ and pick whatever they say is the best for your needs and price range. They are fantastic objective testers/reviewers.

TCL is a great budget brand

Phone
I probably prefer android but I have an iPhone for several reason.

I think they are mostly equal at this point. You’ll be happy with either.
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November 3rd, 2019 at 4:21:51 PM permalink
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Computer

Get 16GB memory and an SSD and you will not need another PC for many years.



Gamefreak is right, do not get a computer with a mechanical hard drive. Definitely get a SSD drive as it is much faster and only costs a little bit more.
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November 3rd, 2019 at 6:23:58 PM permalink
I guess you should figured out your price range and go from there.

I don't really like desktop computers since I want to be able to travel with my computer and take it to different rooms or outside on the patio.

I have always liked HP Laptops, unfortunately, I had two go out recently, one a few months back and another one yesterday. I'm sure both can be fixed but who knows. I wanted this but I wanted a 17 inch screen. Also with tax and a good protection plan it would be over 3k. Had it been a 17" screen, I would have bought and felt very guilty about buying something that frivolous since I'm not a gamer and I don't use any power hungry programs.

I prefer not to get Dell's, but I don't really have an issues with Dell. Since they seem to be the only company offering a 17" 2 in 1 laptop and 10th gen, I was convince to go with this I just bought today(it's still in the box).

New Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 Laptop

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10510U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.9 GHz)

Windows 10 Home 64bit English

NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory

16GB 2x8GB DDR4 2666MHz

Intel Optane Memory H10 32GB with 512GB Solid State Storage
$1,199.99. with tax and a 3 year accidental replacement plan it was close to $1700.
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November 4th, 2019 at 12:42:24 PM permalink
Sounds like a good machine to play at the online ph casino
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November 4th, 2019 at 9:34:49 PM permalink
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Sounds like a good machine to play at the online ph casino

Almost certain they don't allow american citizens, unless you know something I don't.
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