Re: Recommendations for a new laptop
Regarding the worry that Windows 11 will require more computer power than Windows 10, at this time there is no reason to believe so. For one thing, according to a knowledgeable person on another list, testing versions have been around and they are designated as a new version of Windows 10. On another list, a member said he saw a demo of what supposedly Windows 11 is like now and he said it is not significantly different than Windows 10, some new features and some changes to other things but not what is commonly expected in a new release.
Also, Microsoft hasn’t said what it is going to call this new release. I’ve heard nothing from any knowledgeable source indicating that whatever Microsoft calls this new version, that it is a new version as usually designated by such a name.
It is going to be previewed by Microsoft on June 24. If I am wrong, we may begin to see then, but I see no reason to worry now and I think I am right that increased requirements for computers is so unlikely that it need not be a concern.
I didn’t say that over time more powerful hardware isn’t needed. but it isn’t necessarily true that when you upgrade to the next version of Windows, or at times if you skip a version, then upgrade, that more powerful hardware would be needed.
If you are running a machine that is just addequate for the version of Windows you are running, then it is more likely you will need a more powerful computer.
There has diffentlly been aslow need for increased hardware updates over the past 25 years. My first computer was a 486 with a very small hard drive, I think it was 200 MB and I thought I would never be able to fill it up. and only 4 MB memory. Now most computers come with a 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB memory Most computers that came with Windows 7 would most likely need some hardware upgrades to run Win 10 successfully..
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I mean that, as far as I know, Microsoft doesn’t make the next version of Windows markedly more demanding than the last version.
I don’t know how much more you spend for 16GB of RAM but I see no reason to worry about Windows 11. Microsoft doesn’t go around making new versions markedly more demanding. And has anyone reliable who writes technical articles said that Windows 11 will require more ram or computing power? While I don’t follow these things, at the same time, I have seen nothing indicating that people who had machines that ran Windows 8 needed more powerful machines to run Windows 10.
I don’t know how much more you spend for 16GB of RAM when buying a new machine and having the extra RAM added. If it is a small amount like twenty-five or thirty dollars, it isn’t worth worrying about mmuchif at all for a lot of people.
I’m not particularly concerned with the amouhnt of RAM except in the context of what I consider the very questionable generalization about future proofing a machine. though I also am commenting because I just don’t think a typical computer user needs more or will benefit significantly more by adding ram.
also, it is my impression that Windows 10 handles memory more efficiently than Windows 8 did. I’m challenging the idea that you need to spend more money and go beyond specifications that work well today to future pproof a machine. Many considerations enter into the question. How do you intend to use the machine? How much do you care about speed? What sorts of changes in Windows and programs can accurately be predicted that will make your computer not be able to work with software over many years and Windows as it changes? And how much more money are we talking about?
And to explain my point further, if you apply the future proof argument or extrapolation to other areas, what are the results? Do you end up advocating a much more powerful processor than that which works well now with Windows 10? In the end, adding, with all these upgrades, 100 dollars, or 150 dollars to the price of a machine. A little here and a little there and you may be talking about enough money to matter to people who want to be careful or reasonably careful about how much they spend.
I really doubt that Microsoft is going to create the kind of bad will and anger among its customers by making Windows 11 require enough more computer resources to make a lot of users’ machines obsolete or require them to spend money to upgrade their machines.
In short, my main point is that once you start applying the future proof argument, where does it lead and how much money is involved?
Plus with Windows 11coming out, we don’t know the hardware requirements of that OS yet. Nor do we know if JAWS will have new hard where requirements either.
I agree with Chris completely on this.
I’d go with 16GB to be safe.
My opinion is you don’t buy a laptop minimal specs just to last a year or two. You buy enough that will carry you thru for a while.
I’d also go with a Core I5 11th gen.
Do you just want a clamshell laptop or w would you like to have it convert over to a tablet?
Is a keyboard with a NumLock important to you?
<main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of chris judge
In my experience, as one who uses jaws and the Microsoft office suite all the time, I can state that the two features that will make you happy are a solid state hard drive, and 16 gig of ram. Sure it is true that 8 gig will suffice, but I have 16 ram and solid state hard drives in all of my computers now and they work great. The difference in cost between 8 gig of ram and 16 gig is almost negligible.
I will not be traveling with my laptop. I am doing a ministry through our church so I use the Internet a lot. I also print out braille so I have a Duxberry program and of course I use the latest jaws I just wanted to make sure that I have enough memory in my computer for it to last me for a little bit I also like to keep books on my computer because I download from bard as well
I do not want a slow computer
Kathy Sent from my iPhone