Got my new laptop

Well, my new HP laptop came in - I talked about it previously. I ended up getting 16GB instead of 12GB of memory, after starting that previous thread.

It’s amazing how fast this sucker is with a 1TB SSD and the 16GB of memory. Win 10 starts up in just a few seconds. Scans of anything zip right through as well. It also has a 10th gen i5 Intel processor. I don’t play games, but I started with their gaming laptop (and changed the specs), because I wanted an anti-glare screen. It’s hard to find a laptop with that at the store now-a-days.

It is a very nice PC. I just had to buy a USB DVD burner since pretty much no laptops come with one anymore.

What is interesting is that I had HP build the laptop to my specs. But interestingly enough - it shipped out from China. It spent like a week in China, 3 days in Japan and 2 days in Hawaii. It was behind schedule on delivery, but I finally got it 10 days after it shipped via Fed Ex.

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Awesome, I hope it does everything you need it to and more. Enjoy it, not many things to tech people like getting new tech and getting to play with it. :smiley:

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Congrats and enjoy! :slight_smile:

That’s just a marvel of global supply chains that impresses me every time. A piece of tech that operates like magic, built on the other side of the earth, and it reaches you in ten days. All that while so much is going on. Incredible.

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But did you really need the USB DVD burner? I can’t recall the last time I actually needed an optical drive. My PC has one, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it.

Yes, I have an old Photoshop 5.5 disc. It is an upgrade version. It would not install without seeing the version 5.0 disc in a disc drive. And version 5.0 will not install on Windows 10

So, I could not install it without the drive.

Now, I have 5.5 installed

Uggg so many desktop icons! :wink: Seriously thou, looks like a nice machine… it’s always great to refresh the tech!

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Congrats. Interesting hinge design.
I also have an external dvd to rip my dvd collection and transfer the files to my plex server.

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Could possibly make an ISO of the disc and mount it in Windows 10, it should see it as a optical drive just the same. Either way it better to have something and not need it then to need it and not have it.

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As someone who worked at HP for 16 years (and Apple for the past 16 years!!), I’m glad to see HP still producing great computers!

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wow nice build!

i dig your taskbar setup btw; i guess if you’re not gonna go minimalist with it you may as well go max lol

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Yes, I have been doing the doublestack taskbar for years and years :slight_smile:

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This is great…so happy for you! I hear ya about needing an external DVD drive…same

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It is interesing, I haven’t used the DVD-ROM in my desktop PC for months (I watch the odd DVD every now and then), but at my daughter’s wedding, we put disposable cameras on the table. We got the film developed last week and we ended up with a bunch of prints and 5 CDs with electronic versions of the photos. It was useful having the reader.

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And cheaper PCs. I remember when I first started working, an HP Vectra would cost around $4,000, without monitor, keyboard and mouse, just a 286 with 128KB RAM. It was on a par with IBM PC prices and more expensive than the Apple II or Mac Plus.

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Looks fancy. I bet you’re gonna have lots of fun with it :slightly_smiling_face:

I’m more of a Mac guy but I do use Windows for work, and my old Dell Latitude slowly needs to be replaced. I gotta take a look at HP again. I got burned many years ago and have been a Latitude fan ever since. But your BTO HP really looks impressive.

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I haven’t used the optical media since… 2014. I mean, on my computer. I do regularly listen to CDs or watch a DVD/BD movie, though. AND I do shoot B&W film. Yeah, there’s lots of nostalgia.

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I have a portable dvd device for my macs, so I can install extremely old versions of Word, Outlook, and Photoshop. Oh, and on my windows machine, a 32-bit version of Maya. Expensive software that I can’t justify buying for as little as I use it. The old stuff works well enough.

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