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Old 11-28-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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Refurbished items have no more or less of a lifespan than new items. To say all refurbs don't last isn't accurate at all.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Sounds like you think there will always be a need for some type of keyboard.
That would be your perspective on my answer. I never said that.

However, I will say that written communication is still alive and well. There are situations where verbal/visual communication simply isn't practical. So, until your brain signals can be picked up by a computer.... and I'm not sure that's something I want to be around for.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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That would be your perspective on my answer. I never said that.

However, I will say that written communication is still alive and well. There are situations where verbal/visual communication simply isn't practical. So, until your brain signals can be picked up by a computer.... and I'm not sure that's something I want to be around for.
You don't need a keyboard for written text...
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Old 11-28-2014, 11:36 PM
 
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I tried out my sons Windows 8.1 laptop with a touchscreen.

No thanks, too much tap here type there.

A real PITA
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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A tablet is a computer.

Sitting at a desk with a keyboard and pointing device would not be the right use-case for a touchscreen.
The phone I had, before the last of the remanufactured ones died wayyy too soon, had buttons on it. I could do everything I do on the fancier phone with the slide out keyboard and buttons. I didn't miss calls trying to get the thing to boot back up.

If you use all those aps its great. The charger for my mp3 player was broken so I put music on the phone and I have trouble touching the right spot on the screen to shut it off so I never listen to it. I know some people are addicted to all the stuff they can do but for those of us who mostly want to make phone calls and texts and keep track of phone numbers, with those multifunctions like a calcuator and camera, a good semi smart phone that wasn't a dead one they fixed and resold would be very welcome. I have a tablet they gave me for free which isn't working and I'm not wasting time getting a ride to get it fixed either.

When you use an ergonomic keyboard and have to have extra space to put it you especially don't want to mess with touch. (Especially when you made the desk to fit the keyboard).
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I do not have a smartphone so behind the times on that I simply do not like the idea of surfing the internet on such a small screen. Your comment about refurbished phones dying quickly was interesting. Has that happened to you in the past? I had thought refurbished electronics were always a good deal ? Do you think a refurbished computer is a bad choice too?
The last laptop I got was refurbished and it took some work getting the operating system working right, but it works fine. My other laptop suffered from a small bath on the keyboard so I researched and bought a new one and reinstalled it myself. I found directions on you tube so it was easy. The thing with a laptop is the components are not tiny and go in as modular pieces so if one goes if you have a mini screwdriver and can read directions you can replace the parts. Phones are so small they are integrated. I got the refirbs from Sprint, and I suspect they fix what had failed and didn't really check the rest. Last one everyone sounded like they were whispering. It was less frustrating than the new one at least.

I frequently buy refirbished since often they replace anything marginal as well. My tv was way cheaper since it was refurbished and the dvr as well. Both work great. I think the smaller the more chance of missing something.

If you do get a used laptop, run software which finds and deletes any bad links or bad software so you start out with a clean slate. Reinstall the operating system after that. The one I got is doing fine for a very good price and a bit of work.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I tried out my sons Windows 8.1 laptop with a touchscreen.

No thanks, too much tap here type there.

A real PITA
I had thought windows 8 might be a pain to navigate without a touchscreen since it seemed to be made for the use of one. Isn't that why it was not well received ? Many actually rejected it and went back to windows 7. Even some brand new computers didn't offer windows 8 when it came out but instead still had 7 .
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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That would be your perspective on my answer. I never said that.

However, I will say that written communication is still alive and well. There are situations where verbal/visual communication simply isn't practical. So, until your brain signals can be picked up by a computer.... and I'm not sure that's something I want to be around for.
That is some pretty futuristic stuff.I agree it would be creepy especially in light of movies like 2001 and Terminator. I also think it depends on how some people learn and process information. Not everyone is a visual learner. Writing is helpful to many.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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The last laptop I got was refurbished and it took some work getting the operating system working right, but it works fine. My other laptop suffered from a small bath on the keyboard so I researched and bought a new one and reinstalled it myself. I found directions on you tube so it was easy. The thing with a laptop is the components are not tiny and go in as modular pieces so if one goes if you have a mini screwdriver and can read directions you can replace the parts. Phones are so small they are integrated. I got the refirbs from Sprint, and I suspect they fix what had failed and didn't really check the rest. Last one everyone sounded like they were whispering. It was less frustrating than the new one at least.

I frequently buy refirbished since often they replace anything marginal as well. My tv was way cheaper since it was refurbished and the dvr as well. Both work great. I think the smaller the more chance of missing something.

If you do get a used laptop, run software which finds and deletes any bad links or bad software so you start out with a clean slate. Reinstall the operating system after that. The one I got is doing fine for a very good price and a bit of work.
Refurbished sounds like a good choice. Wow you can learn anything on youtube these days.


My fear in buying a used computer from a private owner is what if they were hackers or were involved with something creepy like child porn and the evidence of their illegal activities is still hidden on the hard drive somewhere?
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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Hope not; I'm perfect satisfied now.
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