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    Default Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Hi People

    After my two threads of yesterday it looks as if I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get a new laptop (SWMBO is all for it - says I'm wearing hers out!).I'm limited by budget constraints to around $1500. I'm inclined to go for Toshiba (my current munted one has lasted 6-7 years), but possibly ASUS.

    Initial investigations have turned up what looks to me to be the same model/specs, but with quite a price difference, so I'm asking for second and third opinions as to whether I'm right.

    As far as the OS is concerned I've only got limited experience of Win 7, and haven't even looked at Win 8 (I've an ASUS tablet operating Android 4.1.1 - would the experience with Win 8 be similar?) I'm also not sure what advantages a 64 bit system would give me - the most intensive thing I do is a bit of Movie Editing. I guess I'm also worried about drivers for my colour lase and ink jet printers, and would Office 2007 operate on Win 8.

    Any thought and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Anyway, here are the links (I already have on-line accounts with both of them) Supplier 1 and Supplier 2

    Thanks in anticipation
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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by tuiruru View Post
    I'm also not sure what advantages a 64 bit system would give me
    More choice - 32-bit on x86 is dead
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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Office 2007 will work on Win8. According to this

    64 bit will use / give you more memory. Altho, if you're into movie editing it'd help if the program was 64 bit as well (If you decide to use 64 bit windows).

    You would have to go to whatever site and search for the printer model, to see if there's Win8 drivers for it. If you dont like 8/8.1 you could always install something like classicshell. At least it'll give you a menu

    Looks like the DSE one, may have 8.1 64 bit on it and 8 GB. Info here. They've got similar specs besides the ram and the OS.

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    And it would be good if this at this price really was this
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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by tuiruru View Post
    Hi People

    After my two threads of yesterday it looks as if I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get a new laptop (SWMBO is all for it - says I'm wearing hers out!).I'm limited by budget constraints to around $1500. I'm inclined to go for Toshiba (my current munted one has lasted 6-7 years), but possibly ASUS.

    Initial investigations have turned up what looks to me to be the same model/specs, but with quite a price difference, so I'm asking for second and third opinions as to whether I'm right.

    As far as the OS is concerned I've only got limited experience of Win 7, and haven't even looked at Win 8 (I've an ASUS tablet operating Android 4.1.1 - would the experience with Win 8 be similar?) I'm also not sure what advantages a 64 bit system would give me - the most intensive thing I do is a bit of Movie Editing. I guess I'm also worried about drivers for my colour lase and ink jet printers, and would Office 2007 operate on Win 8.

    Any thought and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Anyway, here are the links (I already have on-line accounts with both of them) Supplier 1 and Supplier 2

    Thanks in anticipation
    Do you have any specific user requirements for your next laptop, other than web surfing and email?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdevguy View Post
    Do you have any specific user requirements for your next laptop, other than web surfing and email?
    Hi WebDev
    As I said, probably the most intensive thing is Movie editing. Other than that it's just general office work (including spreadsheets), editing photos...... I'm NOT into gaming and my broadband connection is so crap that youtube videos still buffer and it takes me about an hour to download a 100 mb file (I'm rural and at about the physical limit from the local exchange that will "support" broadband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    Office 2007 will work on Win8. According to this

    64 bit will use / give you more memory. Altho, if you're into movie editing it'd help if the program was 64 bit as well (If you decide to use 64 bit windows).

    You would have to go to whatever site and search for the printer model, to see if there's Win8 drivers for it. If you dont like 8/8.1 you could always install something like classicshell. At least it'll give you a menu

    Looks like the DSE one, may have 8.1 64 bit on it and 8 GB. Info here. They've got similar specs besides the ram and the OS.
    Thanks for all that Speedy. The info about Office was useful - that was one of my main worries. I've been to the Classic Shell Website and that looks as if it could be useful if it works like it says.
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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Classicshell works fine in Win 8 / 8.1. And it's free

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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by tuiruru View Post
    And it would be good if this at this price really was this
    From what I can tell the model numbers are slightly different. DSE aren't very good at showing the specs. So a bit more investigation will be needed
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    Default Re: Are these the same laptops or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by tuiruru View Post
    Hi WebDev
    As I said, probably the most intensive thing is Movie editing. Other than that it's just general office work (including spreadsheets), editing photos...... I'm NOT into gaming and my broadband connection is so crap that youtube videos still buffer and it takes me about an hour to download a 100 mb file (I'm rural and at about the physical limit from the local exchange that will "support" broadband.
    When you say movie editing, is that just home movies (stuff you might record on your phone) or are you "semi-pro"?

    And do you normally use something like Windows movie maker or something more specialised like Adobe Video editing software?

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