I have an 7 yr old desktop. I use it in my home and RV as well. I
just do very basic stuff. Like forums, surfing web sites, e-mail and
paying my bills. The one I have now has two trays, one for CDs and for
DVDs. I have noticed they tend not to come that way any more. Do you
need to drives for anything? Like copying a movie, that's what people
use to do. So, I guess my question is, if I buy a computer with just
one drive, will I be sorry down the road?
I just bought a small (12x9")HP DualCore notebook that was on QVC. It was inexpensive, but had tons 4GB of memory and a more than decent 500GB HD. It doesn't even have a DVD/CD slot. I have never used the ones I've had on other computers, other than to load something like a Turbo-Tax program, and those can be purchase and installed from on-line support. If I really need to make use of a disc drive, I can probably borrow a friends, and then store the information on a flash drive....they hold more anyway!
It's working for me....
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2000 Winnebago "Minnie" 31C, Ford V-10
Purchased April 2008 FMCA# F407293 The Pets
I just replaced a large laptop with an Acer netbook. Lots of power and storage, but NO drives.
For $17 (after a rebate) I got an external Lite-On CD/DVD burner that simply plugs into a USB port. Have used it to burn a System Backup and load MSOffice 2007 (from a disc I bought 5 years ago that had one install left), but that's it so far.
I got the Netbook from Amazon and the drive from Tiger-Direct. Good prices on both sites.
So do you NEED a CD/DVD drive in your computer?
I say "No", there are alternatives.
(And I was one of those guys who kicked and screamed when I gave up a 3.5" floppy disc drive!!)
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2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD CC/SB/DA 2WD, LBZ air cleaner, 52 gal Titan tank, Bilsteins, Line-X, Westin steps, Prodigy, Retrax cover, 16K Superglide, 5th-Airborne pin-box, Multi-vex mirrors, TST TPMS.
Mu wife and I both have HP Pavilion laptops with Windows 7 and we use them a lot and they are performing just fantastic.
One drive for DVD/CD and all the USB ports you could need.
Wifi and Bluetooth capable.
For sure we do not even have a desktop at all. We use these at home and on the road.
I'm still holding on to bunch of floppies, just in case they make a comeback. Neither of our last 3 computers had floppy drives.
Anybody need a coaster?
I'm dreading that my desktop will be breaking down in the near future (it's 5 yrs old). A lot of the programs I currently used were transferred from previous computer by transfer cable, but don't think W-7 or 8 will play nice with my old programs. I don't have the original discs.
Since the company runs on Dells I just stick with them at home too.
Actually the made in China computers are quite equal in my view but I know some hate buying make in China stuff.
WM, Tiger Direct often buy up lots of end runs, etc and offer low price deals for the passing generation. We just had to replace several Dell notebooks that were trouble free for 5-7 years. Computer cost seems to be about $100 per year. Hard failure (more than a HD) after a few years means tossing most all of the time anyway.
Very good (subjective) line Dell notebooks are going for about $700 which is what we are currently buying for DT usage. Add about $200 for docking stations.
I just bought a month ago a Toshiba Satellite nice big screen Best Buy had it on sale $289 with tax. My uses are about the same as yours - I replaced my 5 year old Dell. My son the IT guy approved the purchase. LOL
2012 Winnebago Journey 36M Cummins 360
131 Campgrounds since we retired in July 2009
I have read some reports that speak poorly of HP laptops & desktops, however that has not been my experience. I have purchased 6 various HP laptops/desktops over the past 4 years for home/family/students and have not experienced problems with any of them. My company buys large numbers of them also. I just go to the Shopping.HP.COM website and configure what I want. For you, the HP Pavilion g6z series should meet all your needs for a long time. You can also buy refurbished HP Laptops (through HP or through Best Buy)which can be a real good deal. If you're not real comfortable around computers and want assistance nearly anywhere, consider looking at a local Best Buy store (there are everywhere) at some of the HP equipment.
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