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parachute72
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Laptop - What Do I Need?

I am looking to get a laptop strictly for the purpose of browsing web, checking email, video chat and being able to open multiple (3 or so) windows on a cam site and watch live cams.  I want to be able to easily connect to Wi-fi when traveling/staying in hotels.  Please advise.

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Re: Laptop - What Do I Need?

What you describe uses very little CPU resources.  You can get nearly any laptop (avoid netbooks) to do what you want to do.

  • most laptops have a webcam
  • I think all laptops have wifi
  • ideally test the multi-windows cam site to ensure it works well.

 

The only weakness I can see is your hotel when travelling.

  • some hotel rooms have deadzones.  Small devices (eg netbooks and tablets) will find these deadzones more easily than laptops
  • how fast is hotel wifi?  I use SpeedTest and/or Shaw Speed Test to  ensure I have something over 2 Mbps before trying video.  5 Mbps is better
  • will the hotel wifi be overloaded at night by too many others using video?
  • personally I carry a portable wifi hotspot when the hotel wifi is overloaded and I need to get my work done.  Warning using a cellular mobile hotspots can add up (expeically video), so I use Roam Mobility with a large data plan when travelling in the states.

 

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parachute72
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Re: Laptop - What Do I Need?

 

Thanks so much for your answer.

 

I had been thinking of purchasing a laptop around the $500 range.

I had picked a few favorites, including the following:

 - HP, Quad Core, 750 GB Hard drive, 6 GB Ram

 - Asus, 2 Core, 640 GB Hard drive, 8 GB Ram

 

I get the feeling from your answer that these choices may be overkill for my intended use?

 

What would you recommend - as a minimum for the Hard drive and Ram size?

 

Thanks again for your help!

I feel a bit lost when it comes to this stuff!

 

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Re: Laptop - What Do I Need?

Keep your budget around $500 for a decent machine to grow with.

Get the HP quad-core for power and time savings. Might be handy for those videos.

Get the ASUS dual core for battery life, important when travelling.
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parachute72
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Re: Laptop - What Do I Need?

 

Taking your advice!

 

Thanks for your help.

 

I appreciate it!

 

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