Sep 8. 2007 - Mygeekshopper customers have put 3 of the aspire 5100 in service. Some quick observations. Be sure to have lots of CDs or a few DVDs handy to back up the original system at start-up. Do not discard the Windows Anytime Upgrade DVD that comes with it. That be the original operating system CD. As soon as you get the machine functioning with a printer, download Belarc and get a print out of keys. They are either well hidden or not sent in print with the original machine.
July 19, 2007 - Following is ideas recently submitted to one of our clients bases on her requirements sent to our Personal Shopper service. If you would like assistance shopping for your next bit of techy stuff, submit your requirements and questions to KBM via Email or call 585-225-5411 (9am - 4 pm EST) to discuss your need with a consultant. We will create a Personal Shopping page just for you.
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Original recommendation in Blue. Added thoughts 7/19 in red.
Given your specifications that you would like a general purpose laptop principally to be used for e-communication, internet surfing, quickbooks and offfice applications, here are some ideas. The commutability issues with your current work workstation might pose some obstacles, so I am sure we'll need to talk more, but her are some ideas. With the extra memory, I am pretty sure that you could even put an external keyboard and mouse and monitor any of the suggested laptops and you could use just the one machine. As always, just be sure to let me know what you do, in case there is anything of concern that jumps out at me. I do not know how long the special pricing will be available at Newegg.
Here are some things for you if you want to order and futs with configuring
One comment I did get from Joe on the N82E16834115361 is that it is slower memory than the best available these days. I would be of more concern about this if you were going to be doing a lot of image/video editing. for business stuff, I don't think it will be a bottleneck, especially if you go with 2 GB.
This Acer would run XP nicely and comes with Vista Home premium which you
Memory upgrade information for Acer Aspire AS5100 at Crucial
Buying a license for XP is almost $300 now Item: N82E16837116195 at
Newegg... If you decide to do that, we should shop around.
If you want to go with even larger screen, the HPs have those nice 17"
screens slower CPU. Although I doubt it will be a bottleneck for you with
sufficient mem. Something like N82E16834147365 (no commission product or can't get a link to work, just visit and/or order direct from newegg; Would probably need memory and is almost an extra 1.5 pound penalty for the extra screen size.) or smaller screen more mem N82E16834147484 (I can't find a memory speed on this. I suspect it's o.k. if not better given the price, but HP can sneak things in. If you seriously consider this, let's check it. There is also a trial Office 2007 on it that would allow us to check compatibility.)
HPs run hotter in my experience. I don't like sitting with them on my lap
without significant insulation... Cold winter nights they can be an easier
source of heat than a husband though.
A configured Dell w/ XP which they are still offering and 2 GB Mem including
An example might be:
My System Details
Just a handy link to Dell:
So if you see something else you would like me to take a look at, let me