|I program Windows apps using MSSQL Server, C# with .Net, Java, MS Access with VBA, Visual Studio. I use Quicken & Quickbooks for my finances, Microsoft Office, a PDF writer, encryption software, etc. I watch some movies online, no gaming, few pictures.LOTS of multi-tasking.|
I spend many hours at a stretch at my PC, so a comfortable keyboard & monitor (up to 22", due to space constraints) are key. I probably need a Core I3 or I5 2nd gen processor and 4 gb of ram. Don't need a large hard drive. But do need 802.11n, because reception is very poor where I live.
My old Dell Dimension was great with XP, but can't handle Windows 7, which I now must have. To access my data and programs when I'm away, or just when I'm somewhere else at home, I'll need my first laptop or netbook.
I'm a total laptop newbie, so I'm really unclear on this: Do I need both a new desktop and a laptop, or just a laptop?
a) If I need both, would I be able to run my apps on the desktop via the cheapest netbook with 2 GB ram & 802.11n, or would I need something bigger and stronger? I don't want something too heavy, as I'll have to lug it around.
b) Alternatively, can I get just one machine: a powerful 13" laptop (was looking at an Asus) and add a second (large) monitor and keyboard and mouse? Would I then be able to use the laptop as a desktop replacement at home?
My budget is about $1200-$1500, including warranties (with accidental damage protection on the laptop).
Do you have a better suggestion for my needs?
I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this very detailed query.