Help! What Computer Do You Have and Do You like It?

Updated on September 11, 2013
M.M. asks from Houston, TX
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It died. The black screen of death. Horrible. Laptop died this morning after my husband left for work. Must say I got a bunch done today. Anyhow... I need to get a computer. Excited yet so many choices. I know it needs to be Windows based since at some point in the next year I'll have a new job where I'll want Windows on my home computer. So, which one? I'll check Consumer Reports, but love to hear what brand you have and any suggestions of what I should ensure is on it.

Also, if anyone knows if Fed Gov employees get any discounts on computers, let me know. I know my past companies did, but my husband doesn't know.

Thank you!!

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answers from San Francisco on

Once you go Mac, you'll never go back. We have a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a 27" iMac, and they can all run Windows (faster than a PC can run Windows, I will add ;).

Just go to the Apple store and buy whichever one you want - personally, I love my iMac, but my girls love their laptops - just depends upon how you want to use it. Then, get Parallels and Windows, and you'll be able to run Windows if you really need to. Here's the thing, though, most programs that you'll end up using for work are either available on Mac (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc) or are cloud-based (so you can run them on Chrome, Firefox, etc). So the chances you'll need Windows are actually pretty slim anyway.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I have a Mac Air and I love it. It's fast and light and easy to use. I run Windows (7) on it, in a separate window. The only application that I have that needs Windows is one (of the many) I need for work, everything else I do in the Mac OS. My techie nephew installed the windows for me, using VMWare Fusion.

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answers from Honolulu on

I had a Dell PC.
I now have a Mac.
I will never go back to a PC.
You can run Windows on a Mac.
My Husband does this and runs both. He has a Mac.

Or Google search "can you have Windows on a Mac." Or "can you run Windows on a Mac."

Just ask your Employer or Employee Credit Union, if you get discounts on computers.
Just tell your Husband to ask... his Employer.
OR, you simply ask, the computer company.
You can also, go to any computer website and see, if they list the various discounts they give and to what entities/companies/government groups/credit unions/seniors/students, etc.
Your Husband just has to ask.

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answers from Anchorage on

I love my mac, will never go back to PC

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answers from New York on

I have a MAC and I love it!!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Get a Mac. Don't look back.
Never have had a virus, worm, etc.

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answers from Houston on

Get a Mac and never look back. Apple products are bullet proof and Windows friendly.
They are considerably higher priced than other brands and rarely go on sale. But you get what you pay for IMO.

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answers from Chicago on

I've worked in the tech industry for a reseller of all the major brands for 15 years.
Here's what I can tell you. They are ALL THE SAME.
Same guts. You need to look at service within the brands. It comes down to the warranty you have, and if you buy any kind of extended or uplifted service.

Make sure you understand the fine print on any service contracts very closely. Read it all. The manufacturer will be supplying the parts and service, at the end of the day. Expect to have to send it in if repairs are needed. Expect that things like screens and coffee spills are NOT covered in a standard warranty contract.

All brands have lemons that suck. Every one of them.

So find a process speed and RAM amount that fits your needs (which they all should at this point in the tech universe), and buy at the price point you can afford.

(And Federal employees will get discounts through federal contracts, if you are currently employed by the gov, and the company you are buying from holds the contract you are taking advantage of. Ex: GSA)

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answers from Milwaukee on

I don't really care too much about the brand, just want it to have a fast processor and lots of RAM.

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answers from Baton Rouge on

I have a Dell Latitude and I like it. Running Windows 7



answers from Dallas on

We have an HP and a toshiba.
I like the HP, but I really dislike the way the desktop is organized. . . I can't remember what they call it ??? Windows something. Yuck. Got used to it though.
The computer is great.



answers from San Francisco on

I have an old Dell Inspiron and I just bought a new one. I love it. Very comfortable to use.



answers from Oklahoma City on

Windows 8 is horrible until you start getting used to it. I bought my Toshiba at Staples and they gave me a free class on Windows 8. It made it a lot easier.

I picked the Toshiba because I wanted a bigger laptop and it had the most storage space and fastest processor.



answers from Kansas City on

I have a Dell Inspiron, and I love it because it has a number keypad on the side. I love spreadsheets, so it is awesome. It would only be better if it was purple.



answers from Washington DC on

Like another person who posted, I'm on a Lenovo laptop. My husband is a project manager for a team of computer programming folks and he asked the PC specialist on his staff, who recommended the Lenovo. Got it at Best Buy. I've never used Macs myself (husband has used everything under the sun) but I find that folks either worship Macs or hate them -- there's not a lot of middle ground. So if you think you want to move to a Mac, find a way to do a lot of test driving first.

My Lenovo is not a feather-light model; it's pretty hefty but I am seriously into having the largest possible screen for the work I do, which involves reading and editing a lot of documents and I can't stand smaller screens. So I willingly have a heavier laptop in order to have one I can really use effectively. But Lenovo surely makes a range of things. Check them out.


answers from Norfolk on

We've always got Dell when it comes to home PC's and laptops.
Husband and I have Dell Lattitude's and son has Dell Inspiron.
Our Latitudes are getting old (they are about 5 yrs old) so we'll be replacing them soon.
My husband's intrigued by the XPS 10 Tablet with the dock (it's a keyboard) so we might get something like that.
Tablets are beginning to replace laptops and desk top PC's are beginning to get more scarce.


answers from Dallas on

We are a big Dell laptop family here. We've not had issues with our Dell's.

I currently have an XPS 14z and it is fantastic. I run my company with this machine.

We also have Inspiron and Latitude (hubby and daughter's old computer)

When daughter went to 11th grade, we got a MacBook Pro for her and she LOVES it. She is in her first year of college and it is still working wonderfully.

Happy computer shopping!



answers from New York on

iPad. Have not used a "computer" in a year.

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