Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears > Gadgets, Computers & Software


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th September 2015, 12:02   #4426
BHPian
 
blackwasp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 547
Thanked: 940 Times
Default

Guys, need a bit help. My dad needs laptops with serial port, but they are a rare breed now a days. Recently we had to buy two used ones since they had this port. But they are dated with low ram(max 4Gb) and other issues. I was browsing the dell site and spotted a dock in the accessories section. Has anyone used that?

Any alternates to consider? Tried the USB to serial adapter, but it's buggy and doesn't always work.

The best case is finding a laptop with serial port and the next best option is one with dock.

Thanks.
blackwasp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 12:10   #4427
BHPian
 
heydj's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rotterdam/Delhi
Posts: 304
Thanked: 272 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

I have just ordered Dell Latitude E7450 Ultrabook with 8 gb RAM & i5 processor. It weighs about 1.54 Kg and comes with 3 years onsite warrant, SSD, touch display, and 6 cell battery.

Was thinking of going with Mac Air but addicted to Windows platform.

Thinkpad was on the shortlist but did not like the keyboard, I prefer Dell.
heydj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 17:31   #4428
BHPian
 
RonXRi94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 56
Thanked: 29 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackwasp View Post
Guys, need a bit help. My dad needs laptops with serial port, but they are a rare breed now a days. Recently we had to buy two used ones since they had this port. But they are dated with low ram(max 4Gb) and other issues. I was browsing the dell site and spotted a dock in the accessories section. Has anyone used that?

Any alternates to consider? Tried the USB to serial adapter, but it's buggy and doesn't always work.

The best case is finding a laptop with serial port and the next best option is one with dock.

Thanks.
Hi,

I'm assuming you need the serial port for an old device like a printer or something.

If so, it's better to just replace the outdated device with a newer one. Printers and other peripherals come pretty cheap these days, and are generally better replaced than living with an old laptop.

In case I've assumed wrong, try out the dock. Buy the dock and test it with a friend's USB port. If it works fine, well and good. If not, it's anyway probably not too expensive and maybe can even be returned

Cheers,
Ron
RonXRi94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 17:45   #4429
Senior - BHPian
 
Tanveer_2558's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 1,506
Thanked: 1,852 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Just got my self a Mac book pro 13inch 2015, In exchange of my old 2012 mac air which had lot of issues, They still gave me 20k for that and 14% student discount, So i effectively paid only 61k For the 128 SD model.

Bought it from Market city Kurla, At Nyasa.
Tanveer_2558 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 17:59   #4430
BHPian
 
blackwasp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 547
Thanked: 940 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RonXRi94 View Post
Hi,

I'm assuming you need the serial port for an old device like a printer or something.


In case I've assumed wrong, try out the dock. Buy the dock and test it with a friend's USB port. If it works fine, well and good. If not, it's anyway probably not too expensive and maybe can even be returned

Cheers,
Ron
Haha. I wish we could solve the problem that easy. The port is needed for book binding machines and printing presses not easily replaced.

The problem is that I'm not sure if the dock connects via the USB bus or through proprietary port. Also didn't see it available on the Indian dell site. I'll going to give them a call on Monday and see if they have it here.

We've had almost nil success using the usb-serial adapters. Right from the cheap Chinese ones to the branded expensive ones.

Last edited by blackwasp : 5th September 2015 at 18:01.
blackwasp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 19:34   #4431
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Delhi
Posts: 2,098
Thanked: 979 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackwasp View Post
Haha. I wish we could solve the problem that easy. The port is needed for book binding machines and printing presses not easily replaced.

The problem is that I'm not sure if the dock connects via the USB bus or through proprietary port. Also didn't see it available on the Indian dell site. I'll going to give them a call on Monday and see if they have it here.

We've had almost nil success using the usb-serial adapters. Right from the cheap Chinese ones to the branded expensive ones.
I am assuming that you will use the machine in a printing press environment. In that case, why don't you get a small desktop, an all-in-one will do if you want it small. The advantages are
. You can keep upgrading the desktop piece by piece
. You can always add ports via expansion slots
. As you may not need much power, the least expensive Intel MB with a couple of GB RAM should do
Aroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th September 2015, 22:27   #4432
BHPian
 
blackwasp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 547
Thanked: 940 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aroy View Post
I am assuming that you will use the machine in a printing press environment. In that case, why don't you get a small desktop, an all-in-one will do if you want it small.
Thanks, that was thought as well, but only a laptop is in contention as portability is needed. These will be used by engineers during their visits to various clients all over India.

This and the discontinuation of Windows XP is causing us problems. The XP is not much an issue since the machines they run on are 100% offline with no software except the ones running the press/book binding machines.

So far, I have spotted only 2 laptops, both Lenovo and the Dell docking station. Hoping to find them in India.
blackwasp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th September 2015, 10:56   #4433
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Delhi
Posts: 2,098
Thanked: 979 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackwasp View Post
Thanks, that was thought as well, but only a laptop is in contention as portability is needed. These will be used by engineers during their visits to various clients all over India.

This and the discontinuation of Windows XP is causing us problems. The XP is not much an issue since the machines they run on are 100% offline with no software except the ones running the press/book binding machines.

So far, I have spotted only 2 laptops, both Lenovo and the Dell docking station. Hoping to find them in India.
Have you tried these
http://www.adfweb.com/home/products/...pg=matrix_10_8
http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapte...-16950~CB2S950
http://www.i-tec-europe.eu/?t=3&v=19

Ultimately, you have to home in to some sort of RS232 adapter, whether on USB, or Ethernet or on PCMCIA slot.
Aroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2015, 19:13   #4434
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: new mumbai
Posts: 99
Thanked: 4 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Does anyone has HP ae009 TX? Thinking of buying the same. Available at Snapdeal at 82.5k.

Also let me know if any other laptop with similar spec's plus 4-5k should be ok.
scrooze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2015, 16:44   #4435
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Delhi
Posts: 8
Thanked: Once
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by heydj View Post
I have just ordered Dell Latitude E7450 Ultrabook with 8 gb RAM & i5 processor. It weighs about 1.54 Kg and comes with 3 years onsite warrant, SSD, touch display, and 6 cell battery.

Was thinking of going with Mac Air but addicted to Windows platform.

Thinkpad was on the shortlist but did not like the keyboard, I prefer Dell.
Hi heydj

Could you share where you bought the Dell E7450 from? I have spoken to various Dell dealers / retailers but the Latitude series seems to be unavailable to retail customers. Online is the only option I found and I have had a bad experience ordering online from Dell in the past.

Any information you could share would be much appreciated.

Thanks
dubstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2015, 17:56   #4436
BHPian
 
heydj's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rotterdam/Delhi
Posts: 304
Thanked: 272 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by dubstar View Post
Hi heydj

Could you share where you bought the Dell E7450 from? I have spoken to various Dell dealers / retailers but the Latitude series seems to be unavailable to retail customers. Online is the only option I found and I have had a bad experience ordering online from Dell in the past.

Any information you could share would be much appreciated.

Thanks

I ordered it via office, they have further ordered via corporate account.

or call up dell and mention company you are working with, ask them to bill it at your home address.
heydj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2015, 18:05   #4437
BHPian
 
Prodigy07's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chennai
Posts: 391
Thanked: 228 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Guys,

Please suggest a good laptop for my dad. I have zeroed on Dell 5th Gen i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $399. Is this a safe buy? I don't want to spend more that $450.

My friend is travelling down from US next week. Is it worth buying a laptop from the US now? 1 USD = 66INR :(
Prodigy07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2015, 18:19   #4438
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Delhi
Posts: 8
Thanked: Once
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by heydj View Post
I ordered it via office, they have further ordered via corporate account.

or call up dell and mention company you are working with, ask them to bill it at your home address.
Thanks, have not tried that route, will give it a go.
dubstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2015, 23:52   #4439
BHPian
 
heydj's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rotterdam/Delhi
Posts: 304
Thanked: 272 Times
Default re: THE Laptop Thread: Configs, deals and questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by Prodigy07 View Post
Guys,

Please suggest a good laptop for my dad. I have zeroed on Dell 5th Gen i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $399. Is this a safe buy? I don't want to spend more that $450.

My friend is travelling down from US next week. Is it worth buying a laptop from the US now? 1 USD = 66INR :(
If you run windows 7 then i3 is ok but windows 8 will hang a lot.

In India laptops with this specs are quite cheap, did you look?
heydj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2015, 09:48   #4440
BHPian
 
diyguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 249
Thanked: 111 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by heydj View Post
If you run windows 7 then i3 is ok but windows 8 will hang a lot.

Been using win 8 on a four year old i3 based HP laptop and it works just fine. No hanging in the past three months of my usage. I use it for emails, browsing and not any programming or development though.
diyguy is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The "NEW" Car Price Check Thread - Track Price Changes, Discounts, Offers & Deals black12rr The Indian Car Scene 6524 19th August 2017 13:08
The Camcorder thread : Tech, deals and specs adityapd Gadgets, Computers & Software 121 25th April 2014 17:03
New Civic 1.8V AT. Questions questions... ImmortalZ Sedans 6 12th June 2008 09:49
Help in configs - Gift Laptop Jr Godzilla Gadgets, Computers & Software 3 13th January 2008 11:20


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:43.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks