Small footprint PC's

My parents want a new PC and have asked me for advice. Initially they said they wanted a laptop, not for mobility, but just because it is small. They want to put it on a small desk. I thought they might be better off with one of those jobby's that the PC hardware is basically built into the monitor (e. g. http://www1. ap. dell.com/nz/en/home/desktops/desktop-studio-o
ne-19/pd. aspx? refid=desktop-studio-one-19&s=dhs&cs=n
zdhs1). Laptop keyboards and monitors being a bit cramped. Is this a good idea?

geek_waipawa, Oct 10, 6:24 pm

cool! or maybe something like this? http://www. pcarenahungary.com/pricelist/oriaskep/IBM_ThinkCe
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geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 6:26 pm

broken link police: http://is. gd/4bg8A and his one http://is. gd/4bgsd

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 6:28 pm

one of em atom pcs? where the box can be hidden on the back of the display. laptop would do the trick, and their keyboards aren't as cramped as you would think.

geek_kane199, Oct 10, 6:33 pm

a movie called "Reign Over Me" has these sweet looking thinkcentre/built in monitor computers [in the dentist's office]

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 6:37 pm

iMac?

geek_dunedin_ree, Oct 10, 6:57 pm

oh my god!

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 7:00 pm

Blasphemer! Stone him stone him!
But seriously, apart from Apple's being overpriced, I won't be able to give them any advice on how to use it having no familiarity with Mac's, so best to stick to kind Uncle Bill's fine offerings. . .

geek_waipawa, Oct 10, 9:20 pm

also hp
http://h10010. www1. hp.com/wwpc/nz/en/ho/WF05a/12454-12454-33
52963-3352964-3352964-3942784. html


for the dell go with 4gb ram as os is 64 bit

geek_brentry, Oct 10, 9:29 pm

The point with a Mac is that you don't NEED to.

I was thrilled when I heard my mother was getting a Mac, no more free tech support. She still calls me to sort out the other stuff occasionally but she's never needed any help with the mac since she got it more than a year ago.

geek_little_egypt, Oct 10, 10:03 pm

Yes I was thinking that 2Gb was probably not quite enough

geek_waipawa, Oct 10, 10:15 pm

3gb if windows 32 bit as it won't recognise anymore
4gb for windows 64 bit as why not, mem is cheap these days

im curently using a laptop with 4 GB and vista32 with word, outlook google earth and 8 tabs in IE runningand it is using 2. 1GB or ram at moment. google earth is the mem hog (5-600mb)but you get the idea that skimping on mem will throttle thePC and slow the PC down with windows swapping mem in use to vitual memory on disk

If you want to limit the complaints a year or two down the track. . . windows 7 64 bit and 4GB RAM at least :-) imho

geek_brentry, Oct 10, 10:25 pm

Dell want $325. 12 for an extra 2GB RAM. Seems a little high to me!

geek_waipawa, Oct 11, 1:50 am

F*ckin rippoff they're playing on peoples ignorance and these folk most likely wont need that extra 2gb.

geek_drcspy, Oct 11, 4:51 am

"Laptop keyboards and monitors being a bit cramped. Is this a good idea? " since when are laptop keyboards and monitors a 'bit cramped' . . . . . . . my 15. 4" Asus laptop is not 'cramped' in any way at all. . . . . . . . .

geek_drcspy, Oct 11, 4:53 am

My wife & I often share a session on our laptop, was always having to turn it to a better viewpoint where both could see, but was awkward to type! We now use an external keyboard, but that does increase the footprint!

geek_macknife, Oct 11, 7:18 am

I won't dignify your moronic comment with a response. Perhaps you were sleep-deprived when you wrote it.

geek_waipawa, Oct 11, 8:13 am

My parents want a new PC and have asked me for advice. Initially they said they wanted a laptop, not for mobility, but just because it is small. They want to put it on a small desk. I thought they might be better off with one of those jobby's that the PC hardware is basically built into the monitor (e.g. http://www1.ap.dell.com/nz/en/home/desktops/desktop-studio-one-19/pd.aspx?refid=desktop-studio-one-19&s=dhs&cs=nzdhs1). Laptop keyboards and monitors being a bit cramped. Is this a good idea?

geek_waipawa, Oct 10, 6:24 pm

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 6:26 pm

broken link police: http://is.gd/4bg8A and his one http://is.gd/4bgsd

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 6:28 pm

one of em atom pcs? where the box can be hidden on the back of the display. laptop would do the trick, and their keyboards aren't as cramped as you would think.

geek_kane199, Oct 10, 6:33 pm

iMac?

geek_dunedin_ree, Oct 10, 6:57 pm

oh my god!

geek_0800xford, Oct 10, 7:00 pm

Blasphemer! Stone him stone him!
But seriously, apart from Apple's being overpriced, I won't be able to give them any advice on how to use it having no familiarity with Mac's, so best to stick to kind Uncle Bill's fine offerings...

geek_waipawa, Oct 10, 9:20 pm

geek_brentry, Oct 10, 9:29 pm

The point with a Mac is that you don't NEED to.

I was thrilled when I heard my mother was getting a Mac, no more free tech support. She still calls me to sort out the other stuff occasionally but she's never needed any help with the mac since she got it more than a year ago.

geek_little_egypt, Oct 10, 10:03 pm

3gb if windows 32 bit as it won't recognise anymore
4gb for windows 64 bit as why not, mem is cheap these days

im curently using a laptop with 4 GB and vista32 with word,outlook google earth and 8 tabs in IE runningand it is using 2.1GB or ram at moment. google earth is the mem hog (5-600mb)but you get the idea that skimping on mem will throttle thePC and slow the PC down with windows swapping mem in use to vitual memory on disk

If you want to limit the complaints a year or two down the track... windows 7 64 bit and 4GB RAM at least :-) imho

geek_brentry, Oct 10, 10:25 pm

Dell want $325.12 for an extra 2GB RAM. Seems a little high to me!

geek_waipawa, Oct 11, 1:50 am

F*ckin rippoff they're playing on peoples ignorance and these folk most likely wont need that extra 2gb.

geek_drcspy, Oct 11, 4:51 am

"Laptop keyboards and monitors being a bit cramped. Is this a good idea?" since when are laptop keyboards and monitors a 'bit cramped' .......my 15.4" Asus laptop is not 'cramped' in any way at all.........

geek_drcspy, Oct 11, 4:53 am

My wife & I often share a session on our laptop, was always having to turn it to a better viewpoint where both could see, but was awkward to type! We now use an external keyboard, but that does increase the footprint!

geek_macknife, Oct 11, 7:18 am

I won't dignify your moronic comment with a response. Perhaps you were sleep-deprived when you wrote it.

geek_waipawa, Oct 11, 8:13 am