re: buying a new laptop w/out number pad offset or glossy

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re: buying a new laptop w/out number pad offset or glossy

Post by BertB » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:55 pm

Well, okay. Call me old fashioned....but I just don't use the numeric keypad and I don't like the smudge-magnet gloss finishes on the new laptops I see for sale at the big box stores.

What to do? I'm in the market to replace my oldie laptop, looking for a 15.6", core i3 processor, not too fancy beyond that. I've been a reasonably content Dell and Toshiba customer.

Any suggestions for avoiding the number pad keyboard offset and the fingerprint prone finishes?


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Post by livesoft » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:02 pm

BestBuy sells a Dell laptop for $400. My wife bought one yesterday. At that price, they are almost disposable. So when the fingerprints bother you, just go buy another one.

You can also cover the shiny parts with stickers, American flag decals, Vote for Obama, Vote for Bush, etc. Any kind of stickers to personalize it. Then you won't see the smudges.
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Post by Opponent Process » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:04 pm

sure. should be more than plenty of unattractive PC options out there.
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Post by amh » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:14 pm

ThinkPads are still reasonably well made and have more conservative styling.

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Re: re: buying a new laptop w/out number pad offset or gloss

Post by atomiclightbulb » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:25 pm

BertB wrote:What to do? I'm in the market to replace my oldie laptop, looking for a 15.6", core i3 processor, not too fancy beyond that. I've been a reasonably content Dell and Toshiba customer.

Any suggestions for avoiding the number pad keyboard offset and the fingerprint prone finishes?
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Post by Fletch » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:16 pm

If you want quality and are willing to pay for it: consider MacBook Pro
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Post by Toons » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:36 pm

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Post by familyperson » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:28 am

amh wrote:ThinkPads are still reasonably well made and have more conservative styling.
I agree that the thinkpads, now sold by lenovo.com, are worth looking at. Some are sold at discount through amazon.

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Post by dorokhin » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:53 pm

familyperson wrote:
amh wrote:ThinkPads are still reasonably well made and have more conservative styling.
I agree that the thinkpads, now sold by lenovo.com, are worth looking at. Some are sold at discount through amazon.
The "non glossy" thing that you're looking for has a name - matte finish. I also happen to prefer this type and I agree with the two guys above me who recommend a Thinkpad. I think almost all thinkpads remain matte style but call them and double check because I heard that they were introducing a glossy one a while back...

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Post by p14175 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:43 pm

I recently bought a new lap top and liked everything about it except the shiny screen. I found a company, photodon.com that sells a matte finish overlay to fit it. That did the trick.

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Post by lmpmd » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:50 pm

Those number pads are great once you get used to them. Very helpful. I'd try to get used to entering numbers like credit card numbers in with them. I wouldn't consider buying a laptop without one.
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Post by ayitey » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:28 pm

I also prefer the matte finish on a laptop display. (Or are you referring to the laptop body itself?)

I would avoid the big box stores; they all seem to stock the glossy displays. I'm using a recent model Toshiba with a fine matte display. Dell still sells them like this, too. And as others have noted, Lenovo is a fine option. I recommend shopping online and using the laptop review sites.

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Post by stevewolfe » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:21 pm

Thinkpad, hands down - or Mac if you are willing. I've had 3 Thinkpads myself - A21M, R40 and X61 plus 2 T series machines from work - T61p and T500. They are quality machines and far superior to anything at the big box stores - Apple excluded.

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