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Old 12-03-2019, 10:29 PM   #751
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So I was cross-shopping quite a few devices recently. I have a gaming PC at home which I use most of the time so I really just need something for basic web browsing and media consumption around the house (in bed/on the couch) or when I go on trips. I don't need to do any actual work or anything needing a lot of processing power on it.

The devices I was looking at: Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, XPS 13 2-in-1, HP Spectre x360, and Lenovo Yoga C940. I fell in love with the Surface Pro line when I first saw them in person a few years ago and originally had my eyes set on that, but after thinking about it, I realized that I'd be using it on my lap like a traditional laptop 95% of the time and that it might not be the best or most stable device for that. Then I started looking at 2-in-1s, but then I started to realize that maybe what I'm looking at is overkill for my intended usage.

I checked out the Pixelbook Go at Best Buy and was really impressed with it. The build quality is superb, the keyboard and trackpad feels way better than any of the devices I mentioned above, and it's by far the lightest (except for the SP7 without the typecover) at around 2.1lbs. It's also significantly cheaper with a starting price of $650 for the base model. Of course it runs ChromeOS and not Windows but given the fact that all I'll use it for is Netflix and web browsing, I think it'll be just fine. I'll probably pick one up in the coming weeks.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:12 PM   #752
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How long have you been working for Google?
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Old 12-16-2019, 01:28 PM   #753
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My GF is a writer and copy editor, and currently has an old Macbook that is becoming a liability slow. Abput 5 years ago, her sons flipped her to Apple, laptop and phone, and she not really happy in that world. Her writing is done with Word, which is the standard that contract copy editing.

Right now, her primary job is writing a book, a trail guide for hiking the trails around here (Ashland OR.) She does some late-age caretaking and is in the process of hooking up with a book company as a contract copy editor. The point is she is on a budget. A $650 budget.

So, without asking you nerds, I recommended a 17" Lenovo IdeaPad 340 with Home Office for $480 (from $760) + $120 , on sale and an additional 10% weekend special. I am pretty sure it perfect for her use. She doesn't travel with it often. She doesn't game. She will watch Netflix on a second monitor. What do youall think about this configuration?



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Old 12-16-2019, 01:56 PM   #754
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If she's using an external monitor anyway I'd go with something smaller. Even the thinnest 17" is a beast. And that resolution is terrible for a screen that size, unless she has poor vision.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:23 PM   #755
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I didn't think they made panels that ****ty anymore. They must be recycling defective TV LCDs or something.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:25 PM   #756
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If she's using an external monitor anyway I'd go with something smaller. Even the thinnest 17" is a beast. And that resolution is terrible for a screen that size, unless she has poor vision.
Being able to see the screen without glasses is an issue with the Mac, and the other monitor is an extended screen. But that's a good point, and would save her a few dollars. We'll see if a "holy crap I can see this now."

She is waiting to hear from the copy editing folks, so we are using this time to get used to a new OS an new version of Word (she has 2003 on the MAC.) She is pretty honey badger about tech.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:28 PM   #757
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Oh, I just looked at the 15.6” HD and it's 1366 x 768., then quoted myself rather than edit the post
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:56 PM   #758
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I honestly would go with one with the best possible monitor. One with best viewing angles, colors, brightness, sharpness.

I’ve used ****ty laptop monitors and just makes me hate using the whole laptop

My current work laptop, hp elite. Hate it because it doesn’t have anything of the above.
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Old 12-16-2019, 04:57 PM   #759
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Unfortunately, more that $650 total is a reach for her now until the book is done, and / or the copy editing gig happens.
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