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Desktop for minimal needs
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:24:00 PM »
  I am looking for a simple desktop computer that I can pair with a good-sized monitor.  When I say simple, I mean can run Microsoft Office pro and have internet.  Super basic.  It will be mainly for checking email and Word/Excel use.  My husband and I both have Surfaces from work, but we'd like something for home.  I am barely computer spec literate, but it seems like everything I've looked at is way beyond our needs.
Thanks in advance for your advice! 


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Re: Desktop for minimal needs
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 12:35:08 PM »
 I bought a $200 lenovo laptop (B40) with hdmi port two years ago. HDMI allows for a larger monitor. I then dumped windows and loaded ubuntu. Runs better than my wife's apple. Cheap, fast and expandable....


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Re: Desktop for minimal needs
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 01:18:47 AM »
I switched from a long time Windows Desktop user to a Google cloud existence on a Chromebook. There isn't a single Word or Excel feature that I miss-- the Google suite covers 100% of my needs. And I have to say that always being backed up in the cloud is awesome. My kids broke my Chromebook laptop a couple years ago. No problem: the replacement had nothing to install and all my work was exactly where I left it.

And if you want to stick with Word and Excel, Microsoft's free online versions of those products will probably work just fine for you too.

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Re: Desktop for minimal needs
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 01:41:17 AM »
Pretty much anything on TigerDirect's refurbished desktop pages will be fine.

This guy looks great for the price: