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fifty frenchmen can't be wrong ([personal profile] some_stars) wrote2013-12-24 12:15 pm

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question, because i don't trust the internet: my netbook is finally dying, and as no one sells netbooks anymore, i need to find some kind of replacement laptop that's cheap and light and not a tablet. i am very, very tablet-averse, because in my experience i can't do what i need to do with a tablet. and of course all the new cheap laptops available are Windows 8 (or Chromebooks which: NO) and Windows 8 is designed for tablets and touching and blugh. But I would really rather get a new machine than something refurbished.

So, question: how much can you use Windows 8 like a normal, non-tablet computer? my specific needs usually involve having multiple documents from multiple programs all visible on the screen at the same time. and i need a normal filing/explorer system, where i can access files on their own, not just through an app. i also want the taskbar or something like it--not having to go back to a home screen every time i want to get something that's not currently onscreen. and i would really really rather use a trackpad than touch the screen.

do i have any hope? or should i go back to looking up refurbished old laptops from before the world went mad?
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[personal profile] minim_calibre 2013-12-24 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
So when are you thinking of buying? I can pick brains at work as to opinions on the best lightweight and inexpensive (non-touch, if you prefer it that way) laptops out there right now, with a side of "and tell me who has the most durable hardware?" but it would have to be after New Year's, because we're pretty much all burning vacation over there for the next two weeks.
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[personal profile] minim_calibre 2013-12-24 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha! Well, if you have questions about anything related to the OS, you can ask me. I could make so many hipster jokes about how early I was running it, you see. So very, very many.