Re: window shopping

Pamela Dominguez

The other thing that drives me crazy is the mouse pad, and also, the finger print scanner. If I accidentally touch that, even though I have windows 7, it seems to get mixed up as to what I am trying to do, when I'm just trying to put my hands in the right place. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cristóbal
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] window shopping

Another reason why I like my Vostro's keyboard layout. There's a gap between
the numpad section of keys and the actual keyboard part. Those 15" screen
models with full keyboards will often have all the keys bunched together
which I don’t care for as you can easily get off track when typing along.
Something so suttle as this little spacing helps me to faster orientate
myself. I probably won't go less than 16" laptop because of this. I don’t'
like it when the keys feel almost uniform in their keyboard layout.
The lack of a dedicated context key doesn’t' concern me since pressing
shift+F10 is no big deal. That or right clicking depending on what one is
doing will accomplish the same thing.
-----Original Message-----
From: Pamela Dominguez []
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] window shopping

Mine has a number pad, but all the keys are closer than a full-sized
keyboard. It has all the keys except for the applications key, but they
squish them into smaller spaces and rearrange things. The arrows look like
a six-pack, and the six-pack keys are along the top in a row. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Norman
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] window shopping

As i stated in another message then don't buy anything smaller than 15
inches if you want the full size keyboard. This probably puts macs out
of the running as the latest 15 inch macbook starts @ around $1900.

On 2/12/2016 1:02 AM, Kimsan wrote:
Not sure if I mentioned this but I'm running a Toshiba laptop with 750 gig
hd and 8 gig of ram. I've had it for about 4 years now.

Yes, Indeed a full size keyboard is definitely important at least to me.
With everyone who have noted how long they have had their laptops, yall
would kick me off the list if I told ya how many laptops II've had over
years in addition to this one. Lol.
Pardon me but not sure how to spell the dudes name, but to the guy who
stated he purchases refurbished computers and suggest I go to the store, I
might just do that.Bestbuy is probably a 30 minute bus ride for me which
why I get lazy and just get my electronics at Walmart lol. I will go into
best buy when I have a moment.

Thanks to all who answered.
-----Original Message-----
From: Cristóbal []
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] window shopping

You're probably better off narrowing your search by specs more than
anything. Components to a certain degree are going to be more or less the
same. Ram is ram and drives are drives. If you want SSD instead of
mechanical then that's what you should look out for. If you want a snappy
machine, then you could start off by only focusing on Core 5 and 7
Everything else after that should fall into place. I'm not big on spending
upwards of $700 or $800 if that for a laptop. At that point, you're going
start paying for features that as a blind/VI person, you wont' really be
able to take advantage of or at leasst get the full benefit from. Graphics
performance, Screen resolution, etc.
I'm still banging away on a nearly five year old Dell Vostro 3750 which is
considered to be a desktop replacement laptop. 17.3: screen and has a nice
full keyboard with num-pad and everything. After using this laptop model
so long, I don’t' see myself going back to a smaller laptop or at least
that doesn't have the num-pad. It just makes everything easier with all
Jaws commands. I did have a Toshiba 14" laptop that I was very happy with,
but I'll make the trade off of space and weight for greater utility at
point. In my case, I need to be able to interact with Excel and Word and
other business related tasks which again, having a full laptop keyboard
makes my portable life so much easier.
Olusegun is right. if you have the ability to do so, try to get your hands
on some models. After specs, probably the next important thing is keyboard
layout. Some designs have the Windows key in crazy and awkward places.
Especially as a keystroke user that we all are, this can be a very
My Toshiba had its one Windows key way at the top right of the keyboard
which made things tricky at times with some Jaws commands. I eventually
used to it, but that's not something I want to have to deal with again
Amazon's great to filter out models and select particular machines for
future follow up. Reading feedback and reviews and all the answered

-----Original Message-----
From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:44 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] window shopping

Hello Kimsan:

Thus far, I've never grabbed a laptop from I go to a computer
store and play with what they have on their shelves. I also try to ask
open-ended questions about particular laptop machines. Sales reps hate me
for that because my questions task their intelligence and understanding.

I don't buy brand-new laptops; I generally grab a refurbished one for a
less! Nothing wrong with a refurbished laptops. These have been
leased to corporations who had since returned them at the end of the lease
and grabbed the latest upgrade to continue with their lease program.

I am not a great fan of HP or Dell systems; for me, I take hard looks at
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba. Presently, I have a Sony laptop running Windows7
Professional 64Bit. I've had this machine for about three and a half
and there's barely any scratch on it. I can still even sell it as a new
notebook, but I don't have any such plan!

Yes, it did come with some bloatwre which I am still trying extremely hard
to clean out. Beyond that, it has served me well. Original price was
over $1,000, but, since I only buy refurbished laptops, I was able to grab
it for $359, not bad for a Core5 machine!

I don't have a pair of eyes here to check out the model number for me; but
do know it's no longer being produced hence the reason why I never buy a
brand-new laptop since they become obsolete so fast.

I hope you have BestBuy or Microcenter nearby where you can go in and
actually play with the various laptops and ask a trillion questions like I
do. Good luck in your search sire, I sure hope I helped some if not much.

Denver, Colorado

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