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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:06 pm
argh.

So I've been hunting around for a new laptoppy-thing to replace my aging Dell Latitude C840, and, well... I'm just not finding anything I like. I suspect I'm asking too much from the laptop industry, but I'll throw out some thoughts and see what the tech-savvy among you think.

My non-negotiable requirements are:

  • Linux-compatible (well, duh)
  • Dual-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM (minimum)
  • 120GB hard disk (min)
  • Graphics card with open-source Linux drivers (which right now, means Intel)
  • Builtin wireless, preferably Intel (open-source drivers again)
  • CD/DVD burner
  • More than one mouse button. (Apple machines need not apply. :p)


The following requirements would be nice to have, but I'm willing to compromise a bit (moreso on the ones further down in the list than the first ones):

  • 1600x1200 or better display (don't care either way about widescreen)
  • 15" or smaller display size (yes, I am aware this is almost contradictory to the previous point)
  • 64-bit CPU
  • DVI video output
  • An eraser mouse (a la the IBM ThinkPad mouse) AND a touchpad
  • Bluetooth (because... why the hell not? :p)


So... dear Intarweb, what are your thoughts?

-- Des

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated

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jtsilius
Tesko
Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)

why the hell would you want both an eraser button mouse and a touchpad. god damn i hate touchpads!


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)

Oh, I dunno ... maybe because I actually use both?

That seems like it would be pretty obvious to me...


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Aug. 24th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)

Your display size/resolution requirements are going to limit you to a very VERY small number of possible laptops, and your video adapter desires are going to limit that even further (possibly to the point of eliminating everything on the market).

I know. The last time I went through this (even without the video card requirement), I found exactly one laptop. That laptop is now sitting on my desk.

I will definitely have to compromise. I'll probably end up compromising on the 64-bitness and the display size, and I'm considering relaxing my video card requirements. nVidia runs circles around Intel... and who knows, maybe one day they'll actually get around to open-sourcing their drivers. (ha. One can always hope, I suppose.)

The two Latitudes look very intriguing. I'll have to check them out. I've heard a lot of horror stories about overheating Toshibas, though.

Thanks for the links.


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