Need Some Laptop Advice

CrimsonProf

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So my wife's real estate career is starting to take off, and she needs a new laptop.

Most all of her work is done online - though she uses a fair amount of pdf format reports.

Can we use a Chromebook in the short term until we can afford a better laptop?

And for this sort of work, will we be better off with a Windows laptop or a Mac book when we're ready to pull the trigger for real in a few months?
 

NationalTitles18

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So my wife's real estate career is starting to take off, and she needs a new laptop.

Most all of her work is done online - though she uses a fair amount of pdf format reports.

Can we use a Chromebook in the short term until we can afford a better laptop?

And for this sort of work, will we be better off with a Windows laptop or a Mac book when we're ready to pull the trigger for real in a few months?
Depends. What short and long term budgets are we working with here?

P.S. Also helps to know what program she will run or if it is completely web/cloud based.
 

CrimsonProf

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Depends. What short and long term budgets are we working with here?

P.S. Also helps to know what program she will run or if it is completely web/cloud based.
Short term budget is roughly $250.

Long term is closer to $1000.

As far as programming - just web-based productivity and real estate stuff. Could use a Chrome pdf extension.
 

centerstar

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My wife's a realtor. My advice: don't get it unless to have some other way to print. She'll need to print sometimes and it's complicated on the Chrome book.

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My wife's a realtor. My advice: don't get it unless to have some other way to print. She'll need to print sometimes and it's complicated on the Chrome book.

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this is a great call. Printing on a Chromebook is a hassle
 

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this is a great call. Printing on a Chromebook is a hassle
Depends on the printer. I use HP printers which has a chrome extension. Installed it and it works no problem connected and wirelessly. I know many don't like HP printers but I don't mind them.


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Zero experience with a Chromebook so keep that in mind, but...

File handling is generally pretty important in a small business - I can't imagine telling a client to jump through hoops to deliver a particular file type simply because that's what I chose to be able to access...

Just thinking aloud - I know most tablets I've looked at had every limited local file options - that's a deal killer for most businesses. Very few small businesses can afford the luxury of turning customers away over something as silly as file types.
 

centerstar

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My wife has a chrome book, we have am HP printer with extensions, and two other computers in the house. I reiterate my previous advice.

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NationalTitles18

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Food for thought: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-...00gb-hard-drive-black/5091163.p?skuId=5091163

I figured you have done your homework, so didn't hit on compatibility issues, but that is an important factor. A laptop similar to this may be a better choice than a Chromebook, depending on use case.

Another option is to just split the difference and hit a price close to $600 to get something very adequate in the beginning without going overboard. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-in...ard-drive-jingle-gold/5296508.p?skuId=5296508

CA is right: getting it right from the get go is important so as not to lose business over silly technical issues. I'll admit to having little patience for such things. I imagine others feel the same. Your wife also does not want to give off the air of not being professionally capable even though she is. Choosing inadequate hardware gives that impression, like it or not.
 

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If you go the laptop route get a Mac. I've got the MacBook Air. You'll pay more on the front end, but for me well worth it! Good Luck!
 

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Short-term: Chromebook is the way to go.

Long-term: Consider something like this. It's a tablet for when she's out and about and needs something easy to carry and can be turned into a laptop when she's back at the office and can use a docking station or fold out key board.

* Full disclosure, I don't have a Surface Pro, but have been doing lots of research, as I am getting ready to buy a new laptop. It seems like a great choice to get the best of both worlds (laptop & tablet).
 

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I would suggest getting one that has a detachable keyboard so that it can be used as a laptop or tablet. Imo that would be a big plus for her.
There are also some 2-n-1 devices with permanent keyboard that offer the same capability. My problem with detachables not named Surface Pro is that they are notorious for poor performance, overheating, and generally being unreliable - which is why MS felt the need to jump in with a superior product at a superior price.
 

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There are also some 2-n-1 devices with permanent keyboard that offer the same capability. My problem with detachables not named Surface Pro is that they are notorious for poor performance, overheating, and generally being unreliable - which is why MS felt the need to jump in with a superior product at a superior price.
I agree that you get what you pay for. I don't have to have the latest and greatest. Instead I try to get what I need and still stay within a reasonable price range. For my needs, the Dragon Touch i10x does fine.
 

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