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New Laptop
« on: June 04, 2008, 03:28:00 PM »
Well, I am in the market for a new laptop, and just looking to see if anyone has any experience with ones I should look into more or stay far away from. 

I'm looking for:

-  Something in the ultra-portable to thin-and-light category
-  14" or small screen
-  Intel Core 2 Duo (preferably a Penryn)
-  Preferably a seperate video card, but an Intel GMA would be fine if it is an X3100 or higher
-  802.11 a+b/g/n WLAN and Gigabit LAN
-  At least 2 Gigs of RAM
-  Not a Mac  :P

Thanks in advance for any tips.
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008, 03:37:26 PM »
Looks like Sony VAIO will be the best bet.

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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 04:10:05 PM »
Looks like Sony VAIO will be the best bet.

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Thanks.  Yup, I've been looking at both the TZ and SZ series.  I have never had a VAIO before, but I always hear people raving about their XBRITE screens.  Are they that good or just hype?
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008, 04:33:14 PM »
Thanks.  Yup, I've been looking at both the TZ and SZ series.  I have never had a VAIO before, but I always hear people raving about their XBRITE screens.  Are they that good or just hype?

Lenovo recently released their U110 IdeaPad with the Intel GMA X3100 Graphics.  A review is provided in the link below.

The XBRITE is for real since I've seen these screens upclose in both TVs and laptops.

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2008, 04:47:43 PM »
Lenovo recently released their U110 IdeaPad with the Intel GMA X3100 Graphics.  A review is provided in the link below.

The XBRITE is for real since I've seen these screens upclose in both TVs and laptops.

Lenovo U110 Review

Thanks again!  I have an IBM Thinkpad T40 right now and really like it (especially the battery life  :P).  I will have to look into the IdeaPad.  I was also looking at the Sony VAIO FZ too.
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 04:50:42 PM »
Thanks again!  I have an IBM Thinkpad T40 right now and really like it (especially the battery life  :P).  I will have to look into the IdeaPad.  I was also looking at the Sony VAIO FZ too.

Lenovo is tops in support according to recent computer tech support surveys.  While IdeaPad is brand new, one can't go wrong with Lenovo especially in direct comparison to Sony.   :)

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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 05:29:59 PM »
The Sony VAIO SZ and the Toshiba Satellite U405 seem to be the main contenders now.  I am not a huge fan of the VAIO's keyboard, but it is a powerful machine with good battery life and really lightweight.  With the Satellite, I would rather have a non-integrated video card and it is on the heavier side, but the price is sure appealing and the processor/RAM is fine.
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2008, 05:58:30 PM »
While I think you are completely wrong not to get a Mac, especially now since you can run Windows on it if you are a Sadist, if you are going the so-called IBM-compatable PC route, Lenovo is definitely the best way to go.

And Amazon.com is also the way to go IMO as you can get great deals like the Thinkpad 3000 N200 Lenovo Laptop Computer for under $400! LINK
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2008, 08:25:52 PM »
While I think you are completely wrong not to get a Mac, especially now since you can run Windows on it if you are a Sadist, if you are going the so-called IBM-compatable PC route, Lenovo is definitely the best way to go.

And Amazon.com is also the way to go IMO as you can get great deals like the Thinkpad 3000 N200 Lenovo Laptop Computer for under $400! LINK

Thanks for the link!  Unfortunately I still need to use Windows for school, so I will be dual-booting XP with ArchLinux most likely.

I was looking at the Black MacBook but is the trackpad button a single button (like their desktop mice)?  Guess I would just have to reassign the root menu bind for OpenBox.  One thing, is it true that to update firmware you need OSX installed?  I'd rather not have 3 OSes on it.   :P
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2008, 11:10:18 PM »
Well at least you are running Linux on it! :-) While there is one button, it can be work as a double button pad too. Not sure if Windows knows that, but Linux should. You probably do need Mac OS X to install the firmware, but why not triple-boot? The more OSes the better. I run my Mac with Mac OS X and Yellow Dog Linux and at one time had Windows too for running Windows-only software, but now my machine is completely Microsoft-Free. But if you do not want Mac OS X, probably Lenovo is going to be the best way and through that link I provided above, a much cheaper way as well. I like Sony, but Lenovo has the best quality and customer support on the "dark side" of the PC world. :-)
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2008, 10:30:24 AM »
I like Sony, but Lenovo has the best quality and customer support on the "dark side" of the PC world. :-)



I am waiting to see what sort of software I will need for next term.  Hopefully ones that come with a Linux version or have an alternative I am allowed to use.  If I only need Windows for a couple programmes, I might just VirtualBox WinXP and avoid the dual boot.
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2008, 08:09:50 PM »
Not to hijack the topic, but I'm heading to college in the fall, and right now I'm looking at the Dell Inspiron, which has:

Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor T5550
3GB DDR2 memory
15.4" widescreen
250GB hard drive

6 hour battery life, but it also weighs six pounds. Going for $700.

Anyone have any experience with it? Or something similar?
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2008, 01:04:39 AM »
^ If you plan on playing games, a beefier graphics card will be useful.  Also beware that Dell's tech support & customer service have sunk in the last 5 years.  If no games are in the future, the laptop is more than adequate for college use.

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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2008, 09:17:44 AM »
No games for me.  :D

It's a military college, and the Cadre regularly check the computers of cadets for games, music, and porn.
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Re: New Laptop
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2008, 11:28:35 AM »
No games for me.  :D

It's a military college, and the Cadre regularly check the computers of cadets for games, music, and porn.

I wonder how they do that in today's day and age?   ;D