Rigondeaux
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November 14th, 2019 at 9:57:12 AM permalink
Shopping for a new LT now. Going to go with a Lenovo. Thanks freak.

It is a little confusing, as many times the more expensive ones seem to have worse specs to my limited understanding. Even with the same manufacturer, 2 laptops will look the same. One has a 500gig hard drive, the other has 250 and costs more.

I also got a phone recently and it occured to me: I literally don't know why people pay $1000 or more for phones.

TVs: I think it's silly, yet I get that some models have superior pictures, are larger, have some sort of gadgets I don't understand where they can link to your smart fridge and shower or whatever.

Computers: You need fancy computers to fritter away your life playing children's games, or to do things like make movies.

Phones: I have no idea. My $250 phone takes photos that are almost too detailed. Every app works fine. Texts and calls. Decent sized screen. Can watch video. What else would you use a phone for?

Doesn't even make much sense as a status symbol. You can't really tell what type of phone another person has beyond the basics.
AxelWolf
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November 14th, 2019 at 11:08:24 AM permalink
Quote: Rigondeaux

Shopping for a new LT now. Going to go with a Lenovo. Thanks freak.

It is a little confusing, as many times the more expensive ones seem to have worse specs to my limited understanding. Even with the same manufacturer, 2 laptops will look the same. One has a 500gig hard drive, the other has 250 and costs more.

I also got a phone recently and it occured to me: I literally don't know why people pay $1000 or more for phones.

TVs: I think it's silly, yet I get that some models have superior pictures, are larger, have some sort of gadgets I don't understand where they can link to your smart fridge and shower or whatever.

Computers: You need fancy computers to fritter away your life playing children's games, or to do things like make movies.

Phones: I have no idea. My $250 phone takes photos that are almost too detailed. Every app works fine. Texts and calls. Decent sized screen. Can watch video. What else would you use a phone for?

Doesn't even make much sense as a status symbol. You can't really tell what type of phone another person has beyond the basics.

♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Dalex64
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November 14th, 2019 at 11:28:25 AM permalink
The 500GB HDD will be mechanical spinning media.
The more expensive 250GB device will be an SSD.
teddys
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November 14th, 2019 at 11:35:03 AM permalink
Quote: gordonm888

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?


If you just have one computer, make it a laptop. It's nice to have a desktop for home working, but again, if you just have one, a laptop is more than enough. You can hook it up to a monitor or your TV at home if you want a larger display. (Get an HDMI cable). (Get a wireless mouse, too).

Brands:
-ASUS is incredibly good build quality. Longest-lived laptop I've had. Only had to replace the battery once.
-Lenovo is also good, but they have SOO many models it's hard to find consistency. Any ThinkPad is unimpeachable. Yoga is great. Their cheaper stuff is hit-or-miss. If you're spending $600+ they are great.
-Acer has really upped their game recently. The Acer Aspire is a TERRIFIC bargain laptop ($300s).
-The new Microsoft Surface is laptop is very good, but it's $1,000+. The Surface Pro 2-in-1's are fantastic as well.
-I don't recommend Dell or HP.

Features: Intel or AMD processor is fine. If Intel, i3/i5/i7 is what you want. AMD I think Ryzen is their best. Don't get Intel Celeron or AMD A6 or A9. Don't skimp on the chip. 8GB of RAM at least. 1080p display or higher is best. I don't worry about gaming specs since I don't game. So I don't know about graphic cards and such.


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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?


4K yes, there is *some justification*. 8K is not there yet and not even close. I would just go with a standard 55"+ 4K TV from Samsung or LG. I can't speak to OLED. The prices have gotten incredibly low on some of these displays -- wait until black Friday. I don't see any reason you'd have to spend more than $300-$500 (or less!). Get a soundbar too.
Don't buy anything other than LG or Samsung. I can't emphasize that enough. LG. Samsung. LG. Samsung.

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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?

Which model iPhone do you have? I prefer iPhones. I know in my heart and mind that Android makes a better and cheaper device. But I like the iPhone and I started with that. And honestly, if you buy on the secondary market, the price difference isn't that much. I would be a pretty easy "switchee," but am captive to Apple now by inertia only.

Minimum level of iPhone to run basic App Store apps is 6s. I think that's a fine device (it's what I have), but it will be obsolete fairly soon. Regular 7's, 8's and even X's are getting cheaper on the secondary market. Get the Plus size if you like the big screen (I personally don't). The 6s can be had for absolute bargain basement prices now with some searching (Like $100-$125). Incredible deal for a fairly impressive computing power. Not sure of the prices on higher models, but regardless you're not going to be breaking the bank.

Super-good new Android phones can be had for $300-$500. Google Pixel makes great phones. Again, can't really speak to them further.
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
AxelWolf
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November 14th, 2019 at 12:43:34 PM permalink
After unboxing and setting up my 17" 2 in 1 laptop I've come to realize it's way too heavy and awkward to ever use as a tablet.* sigh, think I basically just paid an extra $700 for something I'll probably rarely ever use in the way it was designed.
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teddys,

I can't think of a good reason for the average person to have a desktop when you can easily hook up your laptop to a monitor or television.

Here in Las Vegas there seems to be quite a few Goodwill stores, I would estimate about 10. They are always stocked with monitors that go between 10 and 20 bucks. I picked up a Samsung 27" SyncMaster for $19.99. It actually has an interesting feature I only realized by accident. If you simply wave your hand over the bottom right corner it'll turn off and on. I don't even think it has an on-and-off button.

I found a small black lazy Susan for a couple bucks while I was there. I set the monitor up on the Lazy Susan I can now easily turn the monitor and see from anywhere in the room("hey honey, look at this, I found PokerGrinders new workout video" *quickly swivels monitor around in her Direction.) and easily I can get the perfect angle no matter where I'm at. It almost seems like the Lazy Susan was made just for this monitor as far as style shape, color and Design.

I just realized I spend way too much time on the f****** computers and smartphones.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪

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