Charlene would like to get a new laptop that has a large screen. Leo says that will impact her mobility, but if Charlene is looking for a desktop replacement, then it may make more sense to have a larger screen and more power.
Should I get a solid state drive?
Leo says that SSD drives start up faster, run faster, and he doesn't get a computer anymore without them. She should get either a 128GB or 256GB SSD drive.
Windows 8 or Windows 7?
Leo says she'll have to fight to get a Windows 7 machine these days. So moving forward, Windows 8 is going to be what she ends up with. The learning curve is a challenge with it, though. It could be why PC sales are down this year -- users simply aren't buying into Windows 8. If she's planning to get Windows 8, then she should get a laptop with a touch screen. If she'd rather have Windows 7 but can't get it, then she can always go over to Stardock and buy their utility that will bring back the Windows 7 interface she's used to.
How much power should I look for?
Leo says not to pay more for the i7, and just get an i5 processor. She'll also be fine with 4GB of RAM. Also, rather than getting a big 17" screen, she should look into a higher resolution 1080p 15" display.