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ToneBlind
post Dec 15 2007, 03:42 PM
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I assume the vast majority of everyone here uses or has used laptops in addition to their Zaurii. What do you use and why?

My first laptop was a Toshiba Tecra with a P-III 650 Mhz. Very nice machine at the time (almost 8 years ago.) It performed reasonably well, and was mostly problem free. It had a tendency to overheat, specially after a couple of years. I wasn't crazy about the construction of the machine (a few creaks, soft screen hinges, etc.) I didn't like the design either (2 tone plastic in the LCD cover, for example.)

After that I got an IBM Thinkpad T23 (refurbished), and I was extremely impressed by it. Much more solid, better looking, overall a more professional laptop (comparing it to the Toshiba was like comparing a Mercedes to a Toyota.) Whenever I had any problems it was very easy to service using the hardware manuals from IBM. A very modular system. Changing RAM, hard drive, even major components like the keyboard or the LCD panel was doable and somewhat of a pleasure.

Due to my experience with the T23 all the rest of my laptops have been Thinkpads. I have an X21 that I picked up in mint condition in ebay a couple of years back for little over $200. I have a dual boot of Ubuntu and Windows XP on it. It is beautiful, solid, and performs well, and now can be picked on eBay for about $100. Granted it is not as portable as the Zaurus, but it is still a very small system and with vastly superior possibilities.

So, what laptop brand are you guys partial off? Are you a Dell Devil, an Apple Advocate, or a Panasonic Person? tongue.gif
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ntw1103
post Dec 15 2007, 10:43 PM
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I am current using an HP tc4200 tablet. I also have an IBM r60(provided by the school I attend.)

The Thinkpad is a very nice computer. it seems to be very well built and sturdy.

But the HP tablet is another story. I am completely amazed by what this computer has survived. It is a long story that I won't get into, but it got left on the roof of a car, and it flew off at 50mph. (I think that was the highest my blood pressure has ever been.)
it survived with a tiny crack on the edge of the screen. Everything worked except for the Pen it flew out of the computer and got crushed by a car. I got a new pen and it worked great. about two months later I got into a car accident on my way to school. the table was in my bag on the seat next to me. It flew forward when I t-boned the other car and slammed into the dashboard.
The ram was unseated, and a small part of the case broke off, but that was it. (I was able to glue it.)
I am using the computer right now. it is simply amazing how tough it is. Both times the computer was in standby.
So at the moment I am partial to HP, but I have been happy with IBM also.

I just hope my Zaurus doesn't through anything like that. I am not sure how well it would fair.
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post Dec 20 2007, 05:57 AM
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QUOTE(ntw1103 @ Dec 16 2007, 02:43 AM) *
I am current using an HP tc4200 tablet. I also have an IBM r60(provided by the school I attend.)

The Thinkpad is a very nice computer. it seems to be very well built and sturdy.

But the HP tablet is another story. I am completely amazed by what this computer has survived. It is a long story that I won't get into, but it got left on the roof of a car, and it flew off at 50mph. (I think that was the highest my blood pressure has ever been.)
it survived with a tiny crack on the edge of the screen. Everything worked except for the Pen it flew out of the computer and got crushed by a car. I got a new pen and it worked great. about two months later I got into a car accident on my way to school. the table was in my bag on the seat next to me. It flew forward when I t-boned the other car and slammed into the dashboard.
The ram was unseated, and a small part of the case broke off, but that was it. (I was able to glue it.)
I am using the computer right now. it is simply amazing how tough it is. Both times the computer was in standby.
So at the moment I am partial to HP, but I have been happy with IBM also.

I just hope my Zaurus doesn't through anything like that. I am not sure how well it would fair.



I was lacing my shoes the other day before going for a walk. My Zaurus sl-c1000 fell out of my hip pocket and landed on a ceramic tiled floor. Estimated free-fall=3 feet.
When I picked it up there was no damage, nor scratches, but it wouldn't turn on. I took out and replaced the battery, reseated the Seagate Microdrive (another source of possible damage), tried turning it on again and it rebooted.
Works fine since!!! Phew!! My BP definitely rose a few points when that happened.

Not nearly as heart-stopping an escapade as a couple of years ago with my jornada 568. That fell from my hand, and i instinctively swung my foot out to break its fall. it flew off my foot like a soccer ball, and skidded all the way across the hardwood floor about 12 feet to the wall. Not a scratch again, and still works fine!!!
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post Dec 20 2007, 06:14 AM
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QUOTE(deluxe @ Dec 20 2007, 01:57 PM) *
and i instinctively swung my foot out to break its fall


I love that reflex! I can't tell you how many things it has saved from a nasty fate. biggrin.gif

...just as long as I never drop a bowling ball...
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ToneBlind   What Laptop Do You Use, And Why?   Dec 15 2007, 03:42 PM
ntw1103   I am current using an HP tc4200 tablet. I also hav...   Dec 15 2007, 10:43 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(ntw1103 @ Dec 15 2007, 10:43 PM) Th...   Dec 18 2007, 10:57 AM
deluxe   QUOTE(ntw1103 @ Dec 16 2007, 02:43 AM) I ...   Dec 20 2007, 05:57 AM
pelrun   QUOTE(deluxe @ Dec 20 2007, 01:57 PM) and...   Dec 20 2007, 06:14 AM
jocasmi   I've got an Acer Travelmate 212T, a very simpl...   Dec 16 2007, 03:24 AM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(jocasmi @ Dec 16 2007, 03:24 AM) I...   Dec 18 2007, 11:00 AM
Capn_Fish   I'm currently using a Dell Inspiron 700m with ...   Dec 17 2007, 11:29 AM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Dec 17 2007, 11:29 AM) ...   Dec 18 2007, 11:04 AM
snk4ever   For almost 2.5 years: IBM x31. I love it. Small, r...   Dec 17 2007, 02:05 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(snk4ever @ Dec 17 2007, 02:05 PM) F...   Dec 18 2007, 11:05 AM
craigtyson   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 18 2007, 07:05 PM) ...   Dec 19 2007, 05:52 AM
Hrw   Dell D400 - 12" screen, no CDROM/DVD drive at...   Dec 17 2007, 03:02 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(Hrw @ Dec 17 2007, 03:02 PM) Dell D...   Dec 18 2007, 11:06 AM
Hrw   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 18 2007, 10:06 PM) ...   Dec 20 2007, 10:38 AM
adf   Acer 5520 - lot o power for little $$. ...   Dec 18 2007, 01:13 PM
dlj0   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 15 2007, 06:42 PM) ...   Dec 18 2007, 09:43 PM
xjqian   Toshiba Satellite 3005 since 2001. PIII 1GHz + 512...   Dec 19 2007, 01:48 AM
njefferies   Fujistu Lifebook B-2154 circa 2001 1.4kg, Celeron...   Dec 19 2007, 02:06 AM
snk4ever   QUOTE(njefferies @ Dec 19 2007, 02:06 AM)...   Dec 20 2007, 02:33 AM
njefferies   QUOTE(snk4ever @ Dec 20 2007, 10:33 AM) I...   Dec 26 2007, 08:55 PM
Fushnchupsh   I use a Dell c400 ultra portable. I have a thing ...   Dec 19 2007, 09:39 AM
Capn_Fish   Not to hijack the thread, but I've got a mini-...   Dec 19 2007, 12:01 PM
zmiq2   I'm using an ebay fujitsu b2610, PIII-800MHz/2...   Dec 20 2007, 03:24 AM
cal   I have a black Apple Macbook with a 2 GHz core duo...   Dec 20 2007, 04:06 AM
Tom61   Asus EEE here. It had the right combination of siz...   Dec 20 2007, 03:57 PM
speculatrix   Personally, I had a few IBM thinkpads which were p...   Dec 26 2007, 02:57 PM


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