April 16, 2013
With this in mind I chose the following: i5 processor of at least 2.0ghz; 4 gb of memory; 7200 rpm hard drive; windows 7. All this for $600 or less. I did not find what I was looking for. I actually found it very hard to find any laptop with a 7200 rpm drive, so I took that off the list very early in the process. Windows 7 was another luxury I had to scrap due to Microsoft's huge roll out Windows 8.
So, I couldn't get what I wanted but I did pick something close. The K55A-DS51 specs are as follows:
CPU: i5 3210m 2.6 GHz
Memory: 8 GB
HDD: 750 GB 5400 RPM
OS: Windows 8 Pro
When this laptop arrived, I knew I had a hurdle to get over: Windows 8. My client has little seat time with windows 7, let alone 8. My solution: StartisBack. I purchased two licenses for $3. Awesome deal, and makes Windows 8 exactly like Windows 7. Once that was all taken care of I installed Quickbooks 2013 and Office 2007 without a hitch.
|The "TL;DR" version|
|Price ($600)||Touch Pad (Jumpy)|
|Performance (2.6 GHz i5/ 8 GB Ram)||5400 RPM HDD|
|Full Keyboard||Poorly designed Charger|