Re: New Laptop

Carolyn Arnold

I think the AM radio idea is a good one.

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From: [] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2019 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Yes, a small usb fan is a good solution.

I have a “new to me” hp small desktop; it has a sata drive which is mechanical and it is so quiet I cannot tell if the unit is on or off.

From: [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: November-30-19 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Shutting down with speech doesn't tell you if the shut down has gone properly. You just know that it has started. You need a way to know if shutdown completed such as a USB fan that stops when the machine shuts down, or, I would think a small A.M. radio could be used so you would know when computer radio interference stopped.

A lot of mechanical drives are very quiet. You might not hear enough sound from them to reliably know if they stopped.


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From: Evan Reese <>

Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:50 PM

To: <>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Have you ever had any trouble telling if the machine is on? I mean, what if your voice quits? How do you know whether the machine is still on? Has that ever come up?

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From: Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:45 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

I can't really tell the difference. I replaced the regular drive with a solid state drive. The only difference I can tell is that it's quiet. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lenron
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:56 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Oh you can for sure tell the difference. No way would I buy a computer with out on SSD, at least not one I was going to use as my main machine.

On 11/30/19, enes sarıbaş < <> > wrote:
wern't you the person suggesting that many people couldn't tell the
difference between an HDD and SSD?

On 11/30/2019 8:09 AM, Gene wrote:
If you spend money fopr a top of the line machine, it is out of date,
by a technical definition because something new and faster is out.
Most people don't people aren't going to be affected by whether a
processor is a little slower por not. they are not gamers, they
don't run programs that require the kind of speed where a processor
that is somewhat slower than the fastest in the moderate price range
matters, and they might want to save one-hundred or more dollars even
if money isn't particularly tight. Many people spend more money than
they need to be3cause they don't know how to determine what they need
based on their use and how they anticipate using their computer in future.
Many people have computers that are years old, five or older, and
they are perfectly happy with thir technically out of date machines
that are plenty fast for them. and if they really do want more
speed, they would get a lot more speed by getting an SSD and maybe,
though not at all necessarily, by adding more memory. Word
processing, e-mail, browssing, streaming, such uses don't require
gaming or near gaming speed processors.
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*From:* enes sarıbaş <>
*Sent:* Saturday, November 30, 2019 5:44 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

I was extremely clear in my message. The processors on the provided
model are out of date, and unles they have major financial troubles,
most people will want an up-to-date processor on their devices.
Otherwise the machine is practically aged even before you open the
box. An older processor machine will likely need to be replaced
sooner as it is behind the times, and might not be able to handdle
applications earlier than a more current machine.
On 11/25/2019 8:56 AM, Gene wrote:
If the typical buyer wants to spend more money to future proof
something they will probably find satisfactory for years, until they
want to replace the computer because of age or newer features,
that's their choice, but most users don't need to worry when they
buy a reasonably fast computer now unless they dramatically change
how they use computers.
Also, in your last message, you said you weren't most users. I
didn't say nor imply that you are. But saying something is out of
date with no explanation may lead some or many people to think that
it isn't something they should consider when they might very well
find it very satisfactory.
I'm saying that such commments about outdatedness and future
proofing should be put in context. Not doing so may cause many
people to think or wonder if they should spend more, perhaps a lot
more, money than they need to.
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*From:* enes sarıbaş <>
*Sent:* Sunday, November 24, 2019 3:19 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

It isn't slow. But buyers might want a current model of processor to
future proof it. This likely isn't an issue though, as Acer probably
updated this line with iether a ninth or 10th gen processor choice.
On 11/24/2019 3:03 PM, James Bentley wrote:

Unless the buyer needs a gaming laptop or is editing a lot of
videos, I can’t believe this laptop is too slow.

I love the way that I can run a virus scan, play music from Winamp,
and have half a dozen Chrome windows open while I have Outlook and
HJPad all open.

I haven’t used the USB 3.1 yet but I can write a 36 gig image to a
drive using moderate compression in about 20 minutes with USB 2,
while still going through email in Outlook.

James B

*From:* <
<> > *On Behalf Of *Gene
*Sent:* Sunday, November 24, 2019 2:11 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Outdated for what or in what way? Do you mean that it isn't as
fast as newer ones? I would expect that is of no consequence for a
user who doesn't use very resource intensive programs, in other
words, for the majority of users.

A top of the line computer is technically outdated within months of
purchase if, for some reason, you need or want the absolutely
newest and most powerful technology.


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*From:*enes sarıbaş <>

*Sent:*Sunday, November 24, 2019 1:38 PM

*To:* <>

*Subject:*Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

That is a nice unit, especially because of the ethernet port and
number pad. The processor is outdated now, but when I replace my
five year old laptop next year or so, I want something like this
probably, though I would go for an I7 if it was available.

On 11/22/2019 3:10 PM, James Bentley wrote:

Hi Amy,

I recently bought an Acer 15.6 inch 4 pound laptop from Amazon.
It is very slim and really feels comfortable to hold in my
hands. It is extremely fast and it has a number pad. I like it
better than any laptop that I have ever owned. This is my fifth
laptop in about 4 years. Its battery life for me is over 11
hours. Note, I have my screen resolution turned down pretty low
because I do not need to see the screen. It does not have a DVD
reader/burner. It also does not have an SD card reader. I have
an external DVD reader/burner and an external SSD card reader.
I haven’t needed either in over 2 years.

Maybe there will be some sale prices next week. I can’t say
for sure. For right now, the price is $509, plus state sales
tax with free delivery.

Here are a few details along with an Amazon link.

*Product description*

Style:*Notebook only*

Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ comes with these high level specs:
8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo
Boost Technology up to 3.9GHz (6MB Smart cache), Windows 10
Home, 15.6 Inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit
IPS Display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB PCIe
NVMe SSD, True Harmony Technology, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers,
Acer Purified.Voice Technology with Two Built-in Microphones,
802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz
and 5GHz), 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port),
Bluetooth 4.2, Back-lit Keyboard, Acer Fingerprint Reader
supporting Windows Hello, HD Webcam (1280 x 720), 1 - USB 3.1
(Type-C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 2 - USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port (one
with Power-off Charging), 1 - USB 2.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port with
HDCP support, Lithium-Ion Battery, Up to 9.5-hours Battery Life,
3.97 lbs. | 1.8 kg (system unit only) (NX.HG5AA.001)

-----Original Message-----
From: <> <>
< <> > <> On
Behalf Of Amy Gordon
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 1:53 PM
To: <> <>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Laptop

Sorry I plan to carry it some but wont be all the time or
anything so

not really worried about how light it is but I do want a number

definately. One that has long battery life as possable as well.


On 11/22/19, Gene < <> <>>

> You don't need a powerful computer. But you haven't said
anything about

> things like if you want a lighter computer or a heavier one.
are you going

> to carry it around much or don't you plan to carry it enough
so size and

> weight matter much. Do you want a model with a numpad or
don't you care

> about that?


> Gene

> ----- Original Message -----


> From: Amy Gordon

> Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 1:32 PM

> To: TechTalk

> Subject: [TechTalk] New Laptop



> Hi all I currently have a Dell laptop in which I have had
trouble with

> ever since I bought it about 5 years ago. It is getting worse
so I

> know there will be sales coming soon. I currently use Jaws
on my

> computer and mostly use it for internet tasks like email,

> surveys, facebook etc. Was wondering what suggestions you
have for a

> new laptop as far as specs and best place to buy from?

> Amy







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