Des (deskitty) wrote,

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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

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