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Windows 7: Which of these budget laptops is best?

19 Jan 2014   #11
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There's a tab added to Mouse options when Elan driver is installed with a checkbox to "Disable when External USB point device is plugged in" which solves palm-drag causing cursor jump.

Other than that I can find no reason not to keep this Lenovo g500 which was apparently the best laptop deal during Black Friday. I had gotten the HP 17" core i3 Haswell 4000 afterwards but it appears to have come and gone as a one-time Best Buy special, maybe because of the tiny flimsy power adapter plug which caused me to return it.

The only drawback is one I won't encounter except when I pack it in backpack to fly cross-country 3-4 times a year: it is a bit on the heavy side at 5.7 pounds. But other than then it sits on a table or desk and doesn't get moved around the house much at all. So I may only notice it when I'm schlepping it around airports, but I like having a heavy pack anyway for exercise purposes.

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19 Jan 2014   #12

Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

I'd recommend Lenovo. I've never had any problems with my IdeaPad Z560
(except with Windows 8)
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19 Jan 2014   #13

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

You should try shelpping my G74Sx around : 9 1/2 pounds WITHOUT the AC adapter! Add in the mouse(s), externals HDD's, tools etc. and adapter and I'm pushing 15 pounds easy! I made my own backpack for it and that adds a few pounds also.I love it though even if its hard on my back at times. Will be getting either a newer G model from Asus, or an Alienware 18 this summer so I guess I'll need to hit the gym to carry it around.

Good choice by the way Greg.
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19 Jan 2014   #14
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Carrying a heavy pack is a portable gym. After a long flight I always try to walk from the airport 5-10 miles to stretch the legs while building everything. I do it all over the world - Heathrow, Sydney, Honolulu, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid. No better exercise.
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19 Jan 2014   #15
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

For flying cross country you may want to have a look at this.

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA B1 GR Convertible Laptop With 101 Touch Screen Display 32GB by Office Depot

It weighs only 2.3 pounds and with that sleeve that has a pocket on the side you can carry all the accessories. I have a stylus, the charger, a POGO cable, a 60GB SSD in an enclosure and cable for images, a 32GB USB3 stick for data and the paperwork that came with it in that little pocket.

It is a great little machine. Very fast, comes with 8.1 and Office 2013. The internal disk may seem small, but after I installed a set of my usual programs including Office I still have 15GB of free space. And after I did all the installations and setups, the battery is still at 70% of the initial charge. Other users report that the battery holds the charge for 11 hours usage.
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19 Jan 2014   #16
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Looks like a great deal, but I shy away from small screens except for phone.
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19 Jan 2014   #17
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You know I have very poor vision. But this worked well. I set the DPI to 125% and everything is crisp and clear. Even I can deal with it.
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