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Offline Skip555

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laptop Advice
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:03:30 PM »
My Girlfriend runs a Non profit (so naturally I'm a big volunteer ) We need a laptop to use to present a  short power point presentation probably once a week or so .  We had a conversation this morning and that will be the only use for this laptop , we will have a bag ready  with the laptop , projector , cables , power strip and extension cord ready for whoever is going to speak

I'm finding this Dell for 179. and I think it will fill the bill
http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/fndch101sb

any thoughts on it

Being a registered non profit we can get Office cheap so that's not a issue
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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2016, 05:27:01 PM »
I see an HDMI connector. Make sure your projector can handle it. I'm pretty sure that's the only video out.
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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2016, 05:41:39 PM »
thanks Marv Our projector has a USB imput  so we're covered there .
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Offline Skip555

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2016, 05:57:48 PM »
my concern is RAM and processor for running power point , 32gbHD is plenty of  HD since all we will store is a few short power points . usb is fine for the projector

it has  Audio port and blue tooth for sound  when needed 
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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2016, 06:45:31 PM »
Check out the deals on new and refurbs at newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Laptops-Notebooks/Category/ID-223?Tid=17489
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Offline Skip555

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2016, 07:56:57 PM »
I'll check new egg out , Thanks
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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2016, 08:40:04 PM »
Stacey is having some external display challenges with a new company owned Dell.  Personally I'm a big ThinkPad fan, but everyone has their favorite poison.

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2016, 06:58:07 AM »
And of course... I now love my Surface Pro 4. Not sure how much you want to spend, but I'm sure it would handle all your needs.
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Offline Skip555

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2016, 08:25:04 AM »
Trace I'm A big Thinkpad fan too its pretty much all I've owned . Ill be sure to check out the external display functionality right off  since thats all we will be doing with it there is a 30 day return policy

Marc Price is a the main  Factor here  . 

She had a bad experience with a used flea Market laptop another volunteer picked up a couple of years back so it absolutely has to be NEW

Given the Parameter of new and CHEAP the dell seems like a good choice

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2016, 10:22:29 AM »
I like to get refurb laptops for my kids.  They dont need current hardware and I'm fine replacing or repairing them if they destroy it.  Historically I've gone directly to dell for their refurbs.  This time I tired two dell refurbs from newegg.  Ended up returning both. First had a DOA battery.  Spoke with newegg and they couldn't just replace the battery.  Just the whole laptop.  2nd one would lockup randomly.  Needless to say both laptops were returned and I was refunded my money.  IMO, refurbs from newegg are just used junk.  My $0.02 and ymmv...

Offline Skip555

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2016, 12:16:58 PM »
I've been meaning to update this, we bought the Dell I linked to above. I'm pretty impressed with it  it should do all we need for this user and you cant beat the 179.00  battery life is impressive . We are probably going to get anther one for a girl that wants to do Facebook and email  we're going to let her try this one first .

http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/fndch101sb

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IMO, refurbs from newegg are just used junk.  My $0.02 and ymmv.


I saw a deal on slickdeals for "refurb " thinkpad from new eggrecently , when I read the reviews I saw the same comments  more "wipe clean " than refurb
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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2016, 12:00:36 PM »
my 2 cents:

Go Google for every and all things in a NPO. Prices just can't be beat and the suite of products is amazing!

Google Apps NPO
https://www.google.com/nonprofits/products/

Chromebooks
http://www.google.com/chromebook/
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Offline Skip555

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Re: laptop Advice
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2016, 03:13:53 PM »
Thanks, Tony

We're well familiar  with Google for non profits . My son, Ed is software engineer at Google he wrote us a sweet app that has made our data collection more accurate and is easy for the volunteers to use .  We use several of the google for non profit apps along with free 100gb storage . We run it on a dozen Google nexus 7 Tablets in the field . the Nexus 7 is a great tablet for us the size and price cant  be beat . they're discontinued but I've been doing well with Ebay for replacements.

We use google Docs internally but we need to share docs with other groups and state agency's and find we need to stay with Office for that . Also Volenteers are familiar with Office not Google docs

I don't know if you're familiar with Tech Soup , they are a clearing house that takes donated software  , confirms Non Profit eligibility then charges a admin fee for the software . We  get full version of Office 2016  for 29 . Its a good resource to share with your non profit customers .

http://www.techsoup.org/Microsoft-catalog--MSDesktopApps/MSOfficeSuite

We have a Chromebook , use it for email and such when traveling but find we have needs for window / office devices .

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