[adaptivetec] Re: Advice On Buying A Computer
- From: rhonda cruz <rhondaprincess@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: adaptivetec@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 19:10:03 -0400
thanks steven. i will keep that in mind. smilely.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Steven Clark" <sclark@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: adaptivetec@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date sent: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:48:53 -0700 Subject: [adaptivetec] Advice On Buying A Computer
<html><body><span style="font-family:Verdana; color:#000000;font-size:10pt;"><div>Hi everybody,</div><div><br></div><div>I do a lot of the technology evaluations for Adaptive Technology Services and thought I would give you my advice on what to consider when buying a computer.</div><div><br></div><div>1. Brand of Computer: I recommend Dell computers for laptops and desktops, but I generally own a Sony laptop when I buy my own computers. The reason I recommend Dell for most people is the one to three year on-site warranty. This means if any hardware breaks during the warranty period Dell will come to you and fix it. While I hear lots of stories and see my share of broken Dells, it probably because there are so many of them out there. I don't really feel like they break more than other brands. For non-Dell computers, you usually have to ship it back to the manufacturer or take it to a service center in the area, if there is one.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I usually own a Sony laptop because they make a very good light-weight (and expensive) machine and I carry my computer everywhere I go. Also, I like the style and looks of Sony's, but they tend to be more expensive. The warranty is not so important to me because I usually fix the computer myself if something goes wrong.</div><div><br></div><div>In all likelihood, you'll be fine with whatever kind of computer you buy. I currently own a Toshiba netbook (Sony doesn't make a good netbook) and I've set up HP's, Compaqs, IBMs and Acers. By the way, Acers tend to be lower quality than HP and Dell. IBM's tend to be higher quality, but it does matter somewhat what line of computers you get within a brand. For example, Dell offers Inspiron, Lattitude and Vostro lines, each differing in the quality of the components offered on the machine. It's the Dell on-site warranty that edges out the others in my opinion.<br></div><div><br></div><div>3. Operating System and Office: If you buy a laptop computer in a store now, you'll get it with Windows 7 and Office 2007. This is not such a bad thing, but it does require you have licenses for the most recent version of your access technology. For Jaws, this is Version 11. And unless you are a good computer user, you might need some training on how to use Windows 7 and Office 2007. There are some very distinct differences from Windows XP and Office 2003.</div><div><br></div><div>With Dell, you can still get a computer with a downgrade to Windows XP. This means the computer comes with a license for both XP and 7, with XP installed on the computer. Later you could upgrade to 7, but that is not a simple upgrade. I'm not sure how long Dell will continue to offer XP downgrades, but there is a lot of pressure from Microsoft to move to Windows 7. If you want to go this path, you should consider doing it soon. You may also need to buy from an AT vendor if you want this option. Many of the machines on the consumer web-site are available with an XP downgrade, but not made available except through a business reseller.</div><div><br></div><div>If you do get a machine with an XP downgrade, it will be Windows XP Professional. That means you need to have Jaws Professional. That means you have upgrade Jaws to the most recent version if you don't already have it, then buy the Professional license. Its something like $200 per version step, plus $200 to convert to pro. I'm not sure about the upgrade prices. It could be $250 or around there. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Another concern with the operating system is 32-bit and 64-bit. Processors and Windows come in both flavors. You can run a 32-bit version of Windows on a 64-bit machine, but you cannot run a 64-version of Windows on a 32-bit machine. For most users, a 64-bit machine in not worth the extra cost, but more and more 64-bit systems are being sold. Jaws is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors from version 10 on.<br></div><div><br></div><div>And Windows 7 is sold in several different flavors; Home, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. For the most part, for personal usage, I recommend Windows 7 Home Premium. If you get a Professional version of the operating system, you'll need to have Jaws Professional, which is a couple of hundred dollars more than the standard version. There an no differences between the Home Premium edition of Windows and The Professional version of Windows and Jaws that would affect the average user.</div><div><br></div><div>Currently I recommend Windows 7 Home Premium in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions (which ever has the best price) and Jaws 11.0 Standard</div><div><br></div><div>Or a Windows XP Professional 32-bit downgrade and Jaws Professional for whatever version you have. Remember, you can't convert an older version of Jaws to a Professional version without upgrading to the current version.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I would not recommend a Vista computer.</div><div><br></div><div>3. Specifications:</div><div><br></div><div>I currently recommend the following specs for a computer:</div><div><br></div><div>Intel Dual Core processor running at 2.2Ghz or greater</div><div>2GB of memory on a 32-bit system. 2-4GB memory on a 64-bit computer.</div><div>Minimum of 160Gb Hard-drive, 320Gb would be better.</div><div><br></div><div>Monitor size depends on usage. The bigger the monitor, the better the keyboard usually. The bigger the monitor the heavier the computer (usually). 14 and 15 inch monitors seem to be the sweet spot. Get a 14 inch screen if you plan to move the computer around a lot, get a 15 inch if you won't move it so much. I'm assuming a Jaws user won't be able to see the screen. If you have some vision and plan to use screen enlargement, it's a good idea work with some one like me to figure out the best screen size for your visual impairment.</div><div><br></div><div>4. Where to buy:</div><div><br></div><div>If you're going to get a Dell, you can get it online from Dell or order it from one of the AT vendors in the area. If you want a machine with the XP downgrade, you'll be best off working with an AT vendor. I recommend Sterling Adaptives in the Bay Area if you want to get it from a technology vendor. They'll work with you to make sure you are getting all the right specs and components and ensure that it will work with your adaptive technology. </div><div><br></div><div>You can get some Dells and most other brands at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, and Costco, but you need to have a good idea of what you want when you go in. One of my customers got a completely different machine than she expected when she got it home and had me set it up. The computer worked fine, but it was not as good a machine as the sales person described to her. For example, she thought it came with Office, but it came with only a 60 day trial of Office.<br></div><div><br></div><div>5. Setup:</div><div><br></div><div>We can setup a computer for you for $300. If you buy the computer from Sterling Adaptives or from Dell's website, I can also help you with making sure the specs are correct as part of my setup fee. Because Sterling will provide a detailed quote of the system, I can go over and make sure you get what you need. I can also help out with this if you can maneuver Dells website and save a computer in a wish list on their site. Part of the wish list allows you to email the specs to someone, so you can email it to me and I can go over it. When you order the system, you can choose to have everything shipped to our office and once we've received everything, we'll set a time to come out and set it up. Having it sent to our office is a nice advantage, because it don't have to be home to receive the equipment. And sometime the equipment comes in multiple boxes delivered over several days.</div><div><br></div><div>Hope this helps when you decide to get a new computer.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Steven Clark<br>Adaptive Technology Services<br>629 Divisadero Street<br>San Francisco, CA 94117<br>415.409.6650 x 3<br>www.adaptivetec.com<br><br></div
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<div id="wmQuoteWrapper" -------- Original Message --------<br Subject: [adaptivetec] computer question<br From: Rhonda Cruz <rhondaprincess@xxxxxxxxx><br Date: Fri, March 19, 2010 7:39 am<br To: adaptivetec@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<br <brdear list. i have a computer question. i was thinking of buying
top. don't know witch one to get. dell. or something. elce.
i am a jaws user. it is rhonda grin.<br <br