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Old 06-29-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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With my ancient HP Pavilion DV4000 laptop from work rapidly failing, I'm soon to be in the market for another. Not having kept up on things, I'm unsure about what to look for in a new one.

So, anybody want to share their recent experiences?

Here are my details:
  1. No mac, no linux. Don;t get me wrong, I love and use both, but I use Outlook and OneNote heavily, and my IT guy can't support non-m$ stuff easily, so this will be a M$ system
  2. I use mainly Outlook, Office (Word/Excel), MathCAD, OneNote, Firefox, and take a lot of photographs.
  3. No games
  4. I prefer a small form factor. Current laptop is 17", and it's WAY too big. Small is better.
  5. DVD drive required. I'd prefer not to have to juggle an external through the airport.
  6. Battery life: Longer=better.
  7. Budget: $1200-1500.

So, what does the collective wisdom of HBT suggest? The size of many netbooks really appeals to me. For in-office work, I rdesktop to the laptop from my kubuntu desktop machine, so a tiny screen and keyboard is not a problem, since I only use the laptop away from my desk 25% of the time or so.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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With my ancient HP Pavilion DV4000 laptop from work rapidly failing, I'm soon to be in the market for another. Not having kept up on things, I'm unsure about what to look for in a new one.

So, anybody want to share their recent experiences?

Here are my details:
  1. No mac, no linux. Don;t get me wrong, I love and use both, but I use Outlook and OneNote heavily, and my IT guy can't support non-m$ stuff easily, so this will be a M$ system
  2. I use mainly Outlook, Office (Word/Excel), MathCAD, OneNote, Firefox, and take a lot of photographs.
  3. No games
  4. I prefer a small form factor. Current laptop is 17", and it's WAY too big. Small is better.
  5. DVD drive required. I'd prefer not to have to juggle an external through the airport.
  6. Battery life: Longer=better.
  7. Budget: $1200-1500.

So, what does the collective wisdom of HBT suggest? The size of many netbooks really appeals to me. For in-office work, I rdesktop to the laptop from my kubuntu desktop machine, so a tiny screen and keyboard is not a problem, since I only use the laptop away from my desk 25% of the time or so.
thats allot for that price. check out the lenovo x200 or x300
x200
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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I built my own from salvaged information kiosk parts...









To answer your question though, I really like the higher-end convertible tablet/laptops that Fujitsu makes: FUJITSU: Fujitsu America - LifeBook T2020 Notebook
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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I built my own from salvaged information kiosk parts...









To answer your question though, I really like the higher-end convertible tablet/laptops that Fujitsu makes: FUJITSU: Fujitsu America - LifeBook T2020 Notebook
i always forget about the fujitsu's they do make pretty nice convertables.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:19 PM   #5
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Why no mac? It's not like you can't run windows on it....
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:32 PM   #6
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Why no mac? It's not like you can't run windows on it....
why would you ever want to pay for a mac and then put windows on it?

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:36 PM   #7
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Why no mac? It's not like you can't run windows on it....
Honestly, I'm leaning toward the HP TouchSmart series, because of the tablet features. However, I'm open to suggestions.

I guess I don't see the point of buying a mac just so my IT guy can nuke it in favor of Windows. Seems like less effort to buy something preinstalled. Furthermore, the last mac I bought was my wife's macBook, and I ended up having to replace the optical drive on it 18 months later. With AppleCare expired, apple wanted $400 to replace the optical drive. I did it for the cost of the drive, and an hour's aggravation.

Carbon111: Nice. Good luck getting it through a TSA checkpoint, though. Those guys confuse too easily for my taste.

 
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:45 AM   #8
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I have HP DV6, and so far, very good...battery is very strong. Vista w/4 GB

Less than $700 @ Staples
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:54 AM   #9
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I love my al macbook (I got the first gen 13" al one, which is now macbook pro).

Its small, light, solid, backlit keyboard is nice, screen is beautiful, bootcamp half the drive for windows if you must, and mac osx is well... just nice. Even apple bootcamp drivers for xp power management are better than any other laptop I have ever used. I boot my laptop once a month when updates come out. I run multiple OS's with vmware, I have office (entourage does suck), firefox, pretty much everything I need except Visio.

If I HAD to get a PC laptop, I would probably go with a thinkpad. Everything else just feels cheap.

 
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:08 AM   #10
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Mine is an Alienware. 17" monitor full keyboard with 10 key 3.0ghz p4 with 2gb of ram. bought it before dualcores rocked us. Now I would probably buy dell. I just like how you can customize to what you want. I would go with a quadcore pentium and at 4gb of ram 8gb if you can afford it. only because you have to run Vista. that thing would rock you.

 
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