Just curious. What brand of laptop and speed, memory, etc do you use? If you work for a wirehouse or bank, is the laptop yours or company issued?
We just got new Wealth Management Systems. Basically they are 2 flat screen dell monitors with I believe an optiplex... The new technology is impressive. It's company issued, but at least I dont have to pay 1oo/month out of pocket anymore....
I'm not convinced that the brand matters a whole lot, as long as it's something you've heard of before. Unknown stuff probably works fine too. 1 Gig of RAM is essential, not sure what my processor is, maybe 2.6 G? I'm indy so it's mine. I'm happy, will probably get something smaller/lighter next time. That's the main thing I'd look for if I was shopping. Performance -- yes, but make sure it's really easy to lug around. I went for a big screen last time around.
I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and am very happy with it. Got a gig of ram and something like a 30 gig hard drive and a 2.something processor. Sorry not very techy, I just want my sh*t to run the software, do it at a good pace and not crash.
As a side note, my wife has a Gateway and the Dell has held up better and is smaller and weighs less. We actually had to send the Gateway back because the case was cracking around the hinges and the power plug was coming loose. They did the warrantly work without squacking, which was cool, but I didnt think we should have had to send it back within six months of owning it. No such issues with the Dell to date.
The computer belongs to me, the bank I am leaving didnt believe in technology. They thought computers you could carry around were black magic or voodoo of some kind.
I bought the best Gateway widescreen I could get last summer and a docking station (port replicator) for it since I use it at the office and on the road. the final selling point was the full size keyboard with a separate numeric keypad on the one end ( a must if you enter a lot of numbers). A lot of people have told me about issues with Gateway, but I've had several (this is my 3rd gateway notebook), and have never had problem one with any of them.
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