We have needed a new computer for ages but lack of use has meant we have been able to put off the purchase.
Working from home now means I can’t put it off any longer. I’m signing in to the work server remotely. Im self employed so will be funding the purchase. The existing Dell is freezing and glitchy even when working remotely. I think it is the computer rather than the wifi broadband causing the glitches.
I may buy a new desktop. That makes sense to a degree as I have a decent Samsung widescreen tv which I’ve always used as a monitor. The Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse are newish and do not need replacing. The speaker set up is decent too.
The alternative is to buy a laptop.
To me, it makes more sense to put a new desktop in the study, rather than buy a laptop.
Apart from working remotely it will really only be used to file tax returns. We do virtually everything else on our smartphones. What processor do I need?
What do you think and please let me have recommendations?
You may or may not want Windows on it depending on your software requirements, but if it’s browser based stuff you’re doing anyway then one of the free Linux options like Mint or Ubuntu would be dandy.
Ok, so you are logging into your client’s system and it’s a business expense
Remote desktop should be fine from anything, the Intel NUC, a chromebook, a 15 year old pc
If it is glitchy and ethernet is not possible, then a good wifi repeater or mesh would be a good call. I just got a pair of netgear ac2200, one as the access point, the other as extender and it has made a huge improvement to wifi around the place
If you’re a long way from the router and it’s a 15 year old computer your WiFi may not be great. It may be 802.11b, a very old standard. The computer may also be gunked up, either with accumulated Windows crud or dust internally, which can cause problems.
I would suggest getting a couple of Homeplugs to connect to the network via the mains. These work well, and if you choose to go to a mesh system later they will help.
If the PC still glitches then I would bin it and get a reconditioned desktop off eBay. Get something like an i3 or i5, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD and Win 10. You should be able to get a branded one like a Dell for £150 or so.
This might be overkill for your needs but it’s dirt cheap and will come from a decent seller who churns these out, it works well. It will also have a modern operating system that is secure and up to date.
The routers supplied do a whole range of jobs, one of which is wifi access point.
I use my Virgin box as a modem, then have a separate firewall/router, then dns/dhcp on a server, and wifi access point and extender with the 2 netgear boxes, but that is probably overkill in most instances.
If you can find a wifi extender to play nice with the router, then use that. If not then switch off wifi access on the router, and setup a dedicated wifi access point plus an extender (or even more of them for the whole mesh thing). Or try the homeplugs as suggested by Adam.
His advice on a refurb pc with a new OS and a dedicated monitor is also v good
I once had a wifi extender and it was fucking awful, I had to have it near to the main AP to work at all, then stuff ended up switching between main AP and extender, with a 30s interval while it tried to work it out. I imagine they have improved since then, but really I think that a mesh system makes much more sense.
I’ve held off posting an update for fear of upsetting the Dell. I moved my router in the lounge about 2 feet so that it was no longer behind the set top box. The upgraded Plusnet Wi-Fi kicked in and the glitchyness is gone. I’m really pleased. It saves faff of having to switch to a new desktop. It means we can just keep the desktop which historically is rarely used.
I think I’ll get a NAS and a nice laptop in due course which can then be used for music duties.
My laptop is buggered.
Worked perfectly yesterday today it doesn’t.
Lenovo T430 which I bought refurbed.
It just won’t power up.
Looking at the amount of YouTube fix videos there are this is not uncommon.
I have tried all the fixes that are relatively easy, my last attempt was to disconnect and reconnect the CMOS battery but after two hours trying to get the case open it is going in the bin.
The hard drive is easily removed and I have a caddy to retrieve any files tat aren’t backed up.
Maybe it is time to buy a new one with Black Friday on the horizon,
It gets a fair amount of use and I do prefer typing on a keyboard rather than a tablet and use Open Office.
Maybe a chrome book or similar would do.
Any suggestions will be at least tolerated but I will not be buying a Raspberry Pi