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  1. Posts : 786
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    Would Like Opinions on PC Laptop


    I have a desktop computer, and plan to buy my first laptop. I want something simple with a large screen that is reliable. I'm a senior and my eyesight is not good enough for small screens. My desktop is a 21 inch.

    Today I saw an HP 17.3", SKU# 635661 at Best Buy for $579.99. Walmart has the same one, only sold and shipped by another company. I wanted to get a good brand, my desktop is HP and my old desktop was Lenovo. I didn't see any Lenovos with that large of a screen. I don't like Dells.

    I'm just getting a laptop so I'm not confined to my den when I want to use the computer. I won't be using it too much, don't stream, watch movies or concerts online.

    Do you think this is a good computer to buy? I have little computer knowledge and only need the basics, no gaming, no touchscreen, don't need a lot of memory, etc. I thought 8 GB would be enough. Not sure about the battery life of this computer.

    Any advice on this purchase? Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 15,454
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    I have two HP 17.3 with Windows 10 and I wouldn't trade them for anything else. Set the font resolution to 125%, helps the old eyes...
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  3. Posts : 4,439
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
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    This one? https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-17-3...?skuId=6356671 (You missed a digit for the SKU.)

    Looks pretty good. Core I5, 256 GB SSD, 1600X900.
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  4. Posts : 786
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    bobkn said:
    This one? https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-17-3...?skuId=6356671 (You missed a digit for the SKU.)


    Looks pretty good. Core I5, 256 GB SSD, 1600X900.
    Yes, Bobkn, that's the one. I didn't see mentioned how long the battery lasts, and I assume these types of laptops can be used with a mouse also, not sure I'll master the built in one.

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    dmholt57 said:
    I have two HP 17.3 with Windows 10 and I wouldn't trade them for anything else. Set the font resolution to 125%, helps the old eyes...
    That's good to hear, and thanks for the tip. That's what I have my desktop set at.
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  5. Posts : 913
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    Only issue I see is the OS, Windows 10 Home in S mode.
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  6. Posts : 4,439
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
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    Porthos said:
    Only issue I see is the OS, Windows 10 Home in S mode.
    As mentioned in the link, and confirmed here, you can switch out of S mode, at no charge. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...-in-s-mode-faq
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  7. Posts : 24,631
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    As found in some threads here on Ten Forums, you may need to update the Store first. The old version that comes with with the pre-installed Windows 10 in S mode may fail to work when trying to switch out of S Mode.
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  8. Posts : 303
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    Bree,

    How do you update the "Store" in case I run into that situation? I have run across a few people with S-Mode and had no issues getting them out of it. At one point Costco had a sale on laptops with S-Mode and people did not realize what they were getting.

    JohnD
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  9. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #9

    I just bought a new HP Pro Book. I was advised to buy the workplace PC version which tends to be built to a higher standard with better warranty support for much the same price / performance as the consumer range. Consider the HP ProBook and Dell Latitude ranges. My Probook was supplied with Windows 10 Pro and has the same price / features as the similar HP Pavilion range. I suggest you avoid compact glued / bonded laptops which are very difficult to fix and upgrade.
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  10. Posts : 303
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       #10

    I second getting a "business" version. I bought a HP mini workstation. Support is here in the U.S. They have been great so far.

    JohnD
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