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Old 01-11-14, 01:42 PM
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Does anyone use a laptop anymore???

I switched to using a Microsoft Surface 2 a few months ago, and love it. The keyboard is thin, but types/feels like a normal keyboard. I can also use the key Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), albeit slightly limited. For my purposes, where I need to travel quite a bit and keep my luggage light, the Surface is way more convenient than my old, heavy laptop. Yes I still have the laptop, but I haven't turned it on since I bought this tablet.

How about others? Have you ditched your laptops?
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still use a laptop but I really like the SURFACE and may get one, I can't really get comfortable using my smartphone, fingers are too big screen too small. and my kindle hd is nice but doesn't have all the functionality I like.

What'd you pay for your surface, I think they're pretty reasonably priced compared to ipad and more functionality

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I switched to using a Microsoft Surface 2 a few months ago, and love it. The keyboard is thin, but types/feels like a normal keyboard. I can also use the key Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), albeit slightly limited. For my purposes, where I need to travel quite a bit and keep my luggage light, the Surface is way more convenient than my old, heavy laptop. Yes I still have the laptop, but I haven't turned it on since I bought this tablet.

How about others? Have you ditched your laptops?
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Old 01-11-14, 01:52 PM
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Still use a laptop tho it just about avoids throwing out the window regularly.

Need something else seriously.
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Laptop here.. in fact I just purchased a left over last generation 15" MacBook pro 2.6 i7. I'm not a fan of of the new closed box systems so I got the last of the expandable ones. Ripped out the optical drive and installed a 256 Gig samsung 840 pro ssd as the boot/app drive, a 1.5 Tb HGST as the data drive and replaced the ram with a 16 Gig RAM kit. I'm hopeful it will give me years of service. Had an iPad just couldn't see the reason what with my iPhone. However, I can see the end of laptops in the future. Enjoy your surface.
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Old 01-11-14, 02:26 PM
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laptop,

last gen 13' macbook pro with 8 gigs of ram in it

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Have a laptop, a cheap Android tablet, and Nook e-reader. Laptop stays home (and sees the most use). A 7" display is just too small for my eyes to web surf with.
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Old 01-11-14, 03:04 PM
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I run Photoshop and several other programs on my laptop that are unavailable on a tablet.
I use my iPad to surf the net and it streams Netflix better than my laptop. It gets used for entertainment, the laptop does work.
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If I am travelling for an extended period, I need a laptop to conduct business. Short trips though, just an iPad mini and it is really nice to shed the weight and not have to take everything out for airport security.
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
How about others? Have you ditched your laptops?
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Old 01-11-14, 05:04 PM
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i just wanted a cheap laptop for streaming hd i sadly i got one just under the abilty to do so but it does now do it in windows 8.1.main thing i wanted was battery life
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I use three laptops regularly.

The one I'm typing on right now is a 17' Windows 7 machine with 1920x1080 resolution and a BluRay player. I use it for entertainment and websurfing.

It had developed a phantom display problem and I started looking for another computer and considered a Surface but thought it was pricey and I also need something with a serial port and a HDMI port. I found a Windows 8 HP 15' that I use a my mobile computer for some classes I lead and for some of the work I do that involves setting up routers and modems. Plus it has incredible battery life so if I doing something like printer repair I can load a service manual on it and run it on battery power for really extended periods of time. I still am not all that fond of W8, I prefer 7 I've gotten used to it.

The third is a government supplied laptop running Vista. It's got a SSD and 13' screen. It's battery life is not bad either but not as good as the W8.

I've got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 that's pretty worthless except as a device to help me spend money and receive marketing messages.

Got an Android phone recently and I'm not real impressed with it either. Both of these devices seem to be designed more as devices for the benefit of Google and their customers rather than the EU.

Google is really starting to seem incredibly intrusive.
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Old 01-11-14, 05:15 PM
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Yes, of course. Tablets aren't capable of a lot of the processing power and ease of using applications that many laptops are.
The MacBook Air is a masterpiece of a laptop. People who say they have clunky laptops undoubtedly don't have an Apple one. Even the regular MacBooks are pretty light and slim.

I'll probably always want a laptop and a tablet. Plus a desktop as well for things like photography and gaming and whatnot.
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Old 01-11-14, 05:43 PM
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laptop,

last gen 13' macbook pro with 8 gigs of ram in it
my ninja, same here except latest. Still need to install win7 as dual boot or in VM.
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Old 01-11-14, 05:46 PM
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Convertible Laptop. Was the Dell XT2 now the Dell XT3. Best of all words, but a bit heavy. HTFU I say ;-)
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For cheap stuff I use my iPad. Even traveled around Europe with iPad only. However, I need to replace my laptop as is dying. Has embarrassed me in front of clients - slow startup and hanging up. In addition to presentations and online investing (the app just isn't the same) use laptop and desktop for photoshop and video processing. While I looked at some Windows units, about to get my first Apple since the Apple II.

Just returned an 13" MacBook Pro Retina to best buy. Knew it wasn't powerful enough for Final Cut Pro, but intended to return it when I picked it up and just wanted to use the opportunity to learn the Apple system. Best Buy's rewards program has a little known policy I learned the prior year. Any excess above what is required to requalify for the rewards program evaporates Jan1 and you start from zero to meet the goal again. I didn't need the MacBook purchase to re-qualify, so I used it for 45 days and returned it on the 9th. Will repurchase on the 18th to catch the new billing cycle...and those $$ will count where they otherwise evaporated. Will also step up to the 15" MacBook Pro Retina.
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Laptops ... notebooks ... and I'm thinking about hooking up a decent monitor to one of my laptops. The one difficulty with laptops and notebooks is their teensy-tiny monitor.

However I don't foresee going back to a desktop.
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Old 01-11-14, 06:55 PM
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Just returned an 13" MacBook Pro Retina to best buy. Knew it wasn't powerful enough for Final Cut Pro, but intended to return it when I picked it up and just wanted to use the opportunity to learn the Apple system. Best Buy's rewards program has a little known policy I learned the prior year. Any excess above what is required to requalify for the rewards program evaporates Jan1 and you start from zero to meet the goal again. I didn't need the MacBook purchase to re-qualify, so I used it for 45 days and returned it on the 9th. Will repurchase on the 18th to catch the new billing cycle...and those $$ will count where they otherwise evaporated. Will also step up to the 15" MacBook Pro Retina.
I too am an Apple old time user. In my past life I was a tech director for a school dept and a certified apple repair person. If I were you I would look into the last gen of MacBooks instead of the retina ones. About the same power or more and the ability to upgrade the memory and storage to meet your needs. With the current retina models you are locked into the ram and ssd as shipped. Their are no upgrades available. Just replace the whole laptop to get larger storage. Prices on Apple insider or check the refurbished selection at the Apple Store.
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Just got an Ipad air because it fits into my camera bag and is good for looking through photos Iíve just taken (I have to do both dng and jpegs though as it only displays my jpegs), getting photos off my SD card if Iím away for a few days, easily get the ones I want to keep onto a laptop and the usual net things. Before that and now too I use my air 11 for the same things plus its good keyboard, ability to look at and post process my dngís and traveling lightÖ.but I really need my macbook 15 retina for its more processing power, 16gb memory, storage, intensive and quicker photo post processing, using the net and for my work. I connect to a monitor and keyboard at my desk at work and Iím thinking about it at home but I prefer to work on a couch, comfy chair etc. instead of a desk or table at home.
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I run Photoshop and several other programs on my laptop that are unavailable on a tablet.
I use my iPad to surf the net and it streams Netflix better than my laptop. It gets used for entertainment, the laptop does work.
Actually, as far as I know, the 'Pro' version of the Surface Tablet runs regular programs. With my dumb-down version (version 2), I can run Excel, etc ... but everything else is Apps. I do have to bring a traditional laptop with me on some longer business trips, however I always carry my surface with me as well.
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Yeah, that's the way to cut down on baggage.
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I've got big hands and I can't see being able to use less than a full sized keyboard. My laptop died a few months back and I've been making do with the home and work desktops, but I'm going to have another laptop in my future (maybe one with a convertible screen that can be used like a tablet), but it will be a laptop.
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Since Thanksgiving, I have picked up a new Macbook Air, iPad retina, and Nexus HD 7 tablet. I sold a two year old MB Air and an IPad 2, so the out of pocket was pretty minimal.
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I use my 14" Thinkpad Edge laptop pretty much exclusively at home.

We don't have laptops for staff to use at work (only attorneys are lucky enough), so at work I use my older model workstation.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Yeah, that's the way to cut down on baggage.
I carry my tablet with me on business because our company policy doesn't allow us to access social networks on business computers. My wife and I use Facebook to keep in touch.
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I use an iPad, an older HP wide screen laptop and my office computer is an HP tower.. I've got my eye on the Surface though, seems like a very capable good traveler.
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