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2 years ago#1
Mom:
Need MS office for work (no tablets, and yes, it must be MS office, not an office suite).

Travels between continents every few months (no desktop)

Needs IE for some bank websites.

Likes Skype and QQ.

Doesn't know how to install programs in Windows or OSX.

I tried to recommend a Mac. The only thing that changed was that I could no longer give her advice, because I'm not familiar with Macs.

Advice on what kind of computer to get and what kind of initial setup to use?
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2 years ago#2
Budget?
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2 years ago#3
Surface Pro 2

it's like a tablet but a full laptop pc with a detachable keyboard
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i think it's nice
2 years ago#4
Why isn't her work providing her with a laptop?
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2 years ago#5
She likes Skype and crying? @_@

Anyway, why not just get a slim Windows laptop? She could get a full computer, like with an i3 or something, not a lot bigger than a tablet, which would work with MS Office and everything.

She could have the laptop ordered to you, you could install Office and whatever else she needs, clean off the crapware, and send it on to her. Or take it to her when you visit at Thanksgiving/Christmas. heh
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2 years ago#6
No budget limit, but she somehow breaks a computer every 2 years, so...

I will be doing the initial configuration for her, so bloatware doesn't matter.

Any specific models? I was thinking of the Yoga 11S or Yoga 2 Pro, but I have a sneaking suspicion she won't use the tablet function much.
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"...Ashley takes on Lord Blazer alone in a white cape with flowing rockstar hair while playing his impossibly cool sword as a guitar..." - LBoksha
2 years ago#7
You can just get a Macbook Air and just install Windows using BootCamp.
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2 years ago#8
I know what your mom needs!? >:)
2 years ago#9
So why are tablets - like Windows 8 tablets - out? Is it mostly just the fact that the keyboards suck?
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"How do I get rid of a Trojan Horse?" -Sailor_Kakashi
"Leave it outside the gates of Troy overnight." -Davel23
2 years ago#10
just get a $600-$700 laptop.
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