First lemme say I'm after recommendations for a laptop. If there is already an almighty thread on this, you could maybe direct me there? The search box gets me Google, not the forums. (Am I missing a button?)
We have used Dell desk- and laptops for years. They seem to work for us. They are pretty cheap (you can always find a reseller on eBay.)
But they are proprietary (YOUR BATTERY CANNOT BE RECOGNIZED...) And I wonder how sturdy they are. And of late I'm having wiggle problems in the USB connectors. And my wife's newer model has small-sized power jack, which has gotten to the point of not holding the plug at all. I have a thread going on that problem in General Hardware.
A question in my mind is whether Dells are solid or are showing their planned obsolescence. (Believe it or not, I learned that phrase in grade school---and I'm an Old Guy.)
So, wondering if another make might be sturdier, last more years, be upgradable, be affordable, be more flexible as to replacements and repairs.
I mostly write, process pix, use Dreamweaver, Audacity, like that. Not a gamer; but I'm messing with video processing (not getting very far) and that would require a LOT more memory. My Inspiron 3541 has 8GB and won't go higher.
Hope that's enuf framework for a little discourse.