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Taking a shot in the dark here... my wife is needing a laptop for her work and her boss told her to buy whatever she wanted.  She needs something small and light with at least at 13.3" screen, 14" preferrably (but 15" is too big she thinks). Would prefer a "2 in 1" design so she can use it as a tablet when she's just piddling on Pinterest or Facebook in the evenings.

Do any of you have an recommendations?  Using anything that you just really, really like?  We liked the look and specs of the 14" Lenovo Yoga, but apparently there is an issue with "fan noise" that is unresolved. So...

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Hey Rusty, don't you have a tablet - the one you run MHM on?  Buy her one of those and when someone forgets a charger.. you might use hers or your wife uses yours. rgds
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Not 2-in1 but only 3#.  

Check this weeks "cyber" deal at http://arstechnica.com/staff/2016/12/dealmaster-get-a-core-i5-powered-dell-xps-13-for-only-850/.  It gets you a new Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Dual-Core Kaby Lake 13.3" Laptop (Only 2.7lbs!) with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1080p Infinity Edge Display for $849.99 (Use Code: WQ12RNCZ?NP$QH - List price $1,049.99).

On these small laptops the CD/DVD reader writer is usually a USB plug-in so get that as well (not expensive).
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I purchased an HP Split a couple of years back and it has held its own so far.

The latest version is the HP Spectre but it only has a 12 inch screen.



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Vibe, yes, I have a Surface Pro 3, but she doesn't want a screen that small (12"), and if I'd known then what I know now (you can't set up an ad hoc network on it, so can't wirelessly transfer data to/from the 2140 without a router involved), I wouldn't have bought it.  There are other options which are cheaper, and more functional now.

She likes the 2-in-1's that can be used as a laptop (for work) or a tablet (for browsing Pinterest & Facebook in the evenings). She thought about a MacBook Pro, but while it's a finely built machine, it can't be used as a tablet and has a different "ecosystem" that I'm not used to (maintaining).

Most of the 2-in-1's use 13.3" or 15.6" screens, but there are a few that have 14" screens which seems to be the sweet spot for big-enough-to-see, yet still lightweight. We liked the Lenovo Yoga's, but then when you read the reviews, there seems to be a problem with very noisy cooling fans.

Aubrey, we looked closely at the HP Spectre's and they look to be fine machines, and they come with 13.3 or 15.6" screens as well. If she's OK with the 13.3" screen, that's probably what she'll get.  Dell has a 14" business class laptop that's also lightweight, but it's all dark gray and black (basically ugly).

With 100's of laptops out there, it seems almost impossible to find one that checks all the boxes.


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Rusty,

I am still considering "upgrading" to Win 10 and thought I would look into the wireless communication issue.

Google Search: ad hoc network windows 10

One of many references:

Windows 10 includes a feature called "Hosted Network" that allows you to turn your computer into a wireless hotspot, and this guide we'll show you how to do it.

 Pasted from <http://www.windowscentral.com/how-turn-your-windows-10-pc-wireless-hotspot>


Any ways (as suggested by search references) that computer can wireless communicate with 2140 without need for a router?

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Walt, Since we spoke the other night at dinner, Ive looked into this, but only a little. Not sure what "hosted network" or "wireless hotspot" actually mean.

Also, at Jim Crowe's PeakVue class last year, someone from CSI showed me and Jim how to do it (I think), but I remember no details about it.

I'll contact Jim. He's an expert on most things CSI related.

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