Going to W10, need advice on laptop.

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  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #31

    Why would you not get a larger (500GB) SSD if you're buying a new one? I don't understand that at all. The difference in price is minimal. I know oyu say you don't need it but you don't need most of the 4TB you have either. Just seems like the right time to do it.

    I have a Samsung EVO 860 500GB. Was running on a Samsung EVO 850 250GB but since I upgraded I've moved some some programs back to the SSD to tkae advantage of the performance so it's now about 1/2 fuul (250GB free).

    Just sayin ...
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  2. Posts : 38,312
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #32

    These may be useful:

    To see the components on the computer:
    Speecy: Speccy - Free Download
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    Crucial scanner: Crucial System Scanner | Crucial.com
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  3. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
       #33

    klxdrt10 said:
    Hi,

    The only reason I posted the UK site because It was th only site I could find. Tried to get a tech layout from MSI but they wouldn't, just like Apple doesn't have an Operation manual or cheat sheet for the items under SETTINGS. Many companies today do not publish enough info about their product esp if its technical. Same goes for the Govt. That's why I follow Dr. Johnson (Tattler & Spectator).

    I'm just trying to find out what is contained technically in my current laptop so I can run W10.

    Regards & Thanks,
    klxdrt10

    PS: Rite now I have my hands full getting my laptop working properly since I tried to install Macrium Reflect.
    This is the US MSI website. MSI USA
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
       #34

    klxdrt10 said:
    Hi,

    The only reason I posted the UK site because It was th only site I could find. Tried to get a tech layout from MSI but they wouldn't, just like Apple doesn't have an Operation manual or cheat sheet for the items under SETTINGS. Many companies today do not publish enough info about their product esp if its technical. Same goes for the Govt. That's why I follow Dr. Johnson (Tattler & Spectator).

    I'm just trying to find out what is contained technically in my current laptop so I can run W10.

    Regards & Thanks,
    klxdrt10

    PS: Rite now I have my hands full getting my laptop working properly since I tried to install Macrium Reflect.
    There are plenty of cheat sheets out there for Mac OS, especially on the Apple Support website. Operation manuals are also available on the Apple Support website for all of their products. The Mac OS Settings is a Control Panel and is very easy to know the basics. When you get into stuff like LDAP, enabling Root, that becomes more advanced user stuff. All companies have technical info out there on their support website. Bringing up the the Government and Dr. Johnson, has zero to do with this issue. Your current laptop will run Windows 10 x64 just fine. Get the Samsung Evo SSD around 500gb to 1TB. You will be able to get a bit more life out of your current laptop.
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  5. klxdrt10's Avatar
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    W10
    Thread Starter
       #35

    Thanks for ALL the great help. You all get this SPECIAL AWARD.


    Thanks for ALL the great help. You all get this SPECIAL AWARD.

    klxdrt10
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  6. The Pool Man's Avatar
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       #36

    There's a laptop I'd direct anyone to consider. It's because it has nice overall spec at a great price. That price didn't dip one dollar on Black Friday because why should it? It comes in various colors but you can get a 'plain' silver-ish one.

    Based upon your original criteria it meets all but your USB request. This offers a pair of USB 2s and a pair of USB 3s. But on your list should have been 8th Gen processor and this has it.

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    Here's a Brit reviewing it. Appreciate Asus squeezed a 15 inch into a 14inch size.

    VivoBook S15 S530 Review - YouTube

    Amazon.com: ASUS VivoBook S15 15.6 Accessories
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  7. klxdrt10's Avatar
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    W10
    Thread Starter
       #37

    replace batt $2-300 + shipping, nasty.


    The Pool Man,

    Thanks for the tip. My MSI laptop has a I5 chip, below for specs & runs all programs at a very comfortable speed with only a 256 SSD. Several "experts" said W10 needs an I7 to run well??

    The specs, etc, look fine, wish it had an SD card slot for a lg SD card. Does have SD slot but SD card slot not on Amazon spec screen.

    Regards,

    klxdrt

    PC: Just got off the phone with Asus customer service who told me that this Vivobook would have to be sent in to replace the battery, and estimated the cost would be $200-$300, with shipping on top of that....????? Since all batteries fail and need to be replaced, I'm wondering what they had in mind with a design like this?

    FYI: My MSI laptop is 4-5 yr old, still get 2-3 hr off batt which I only use rarely.
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  8. Posts : 1,718
    Windows 10 Home
       #38

    "would have to be sent in to replace the battery, and estimated the cost would be $200-$300, with shipping on top of that....????? Since all batteries fail and need to be replaced, I'm wondering what they had in mind with a design like this?"

    Obviously, $200-$300 ? No, seriously, I won't buy a laptop unless it has an external battery that you can pop out and back in. A lot of new ones have a smaller internal battery for lightweight and slim profile but you're correct, it will eventually need replacement and some require a LOT of disassembly to do yourself (google youtube +your Vivobook model and see what's involved, if you want to do yourself). At some point of repair, you might as well toss it and put the $$$ toward get a newer one, . ... Rant over and out.
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  9. The Pool Man's Avatar
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       #39

    Hiya K10,

    I'm not specifically recommending that unit as the exact way to address your needs, but I hope you agree it's kind of tempting at said pricepoint and spec level. I find many laptops are cheaper (and show it) or are pricier (and show it). These in the middle guys are what I believe most people want but are rarely offered.

    Tim Cook broke my three decade long Apple heart and Asus and Oneplus were there to pick up the slack. But during those decades I developed a 'habit' which I'm bringing with me to Windows PCs. It's called --

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    Let me explain. When I buy a new computer I buy pretty much what I want on day one. That is: I won't buy a 4GB laptop knowing within a year I'll want 8GBs. I just put a list together (like you have) and buy it up front.

    I buy with the needs of the next three years in mind. Why three? Because computing changes enough that in three years I'll likely want something better. Also, and critical -- most extended warranties stop at 3 years.

    I know, I know, people say extended warranties are a ripoff. You don't need them. Umm... horseshinola. 1 in 2 Macs needed a major costly repair during the latter 2 years. (Ignore any Apple tool who chimes in and claims it ain't so. It is.) Each repair $600 for starters, whereas AppleCare was $225ish depending on the unit. Three years of peace of mind baby.

    So when you get worried about the battery I say and how about spilling something on the keyboard? Or a screen failure? An SSD fail? Dust? Dropping your laptop down stairs? Why not just extend the warranty and forget about all of these headaches?

    I'm using SquareTrade which is an AllState thing. For this specific unit you can either buy full protection for two additional years for $289 or go Vegas and pay $149 for those years but $75 each time you use it. I went Vegas.

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    But I know what you're thinking. What do I do after 3 years? Either ride it out until it dies or unload it on eBay. Use THAT money as your 'coupon' on a brand new unit which includes... wait for it... a brand new battery.

    My two year old ZenBook would generate me a $400 coupon if I sold it right now, after being raped by feEbay and PayPryck.

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    Making this 15 inch VivoBook $299. Yes. Or I wait out the final year and presume I'd get... what... $250 back as a coupon?

    Which means I 'leased' my 'What me Worry?' Zenbook for $149 a year. Not bad. When iFools brag and brag that Macs "have better resale value" you'll find that's true by maybe 12% at best... but... your annual 'lease' is way higher than $149. So... like... who cares.
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