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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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post Dec 20 2007, 03:57 PM
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Asus EEE here. It had the right combination of size, processing capability and price, as well as my Lifebook P1120 being dead at the time. Runs Linux out of the box, and installing Ubuntu to a SDHC 8GB card was as easy as hooking up an external USB DVD drive. Cold boots to the default distro in less than 30 seconds.

Prior to the EEE I had a Fujitsu Lifebook P1120. A bit slow with only a 900MHz Transmeta processor and only 256MB (with 16MB of that eaten by code-morphing). However, it was the only thing in the size range that I could afford at that time (~$375 on ebay). When I was upgrading to a faster 60GB HD I dropped a screw into the wrong place and shifted it the wrong direction trying to get it out, and the only way to get it out was to completely disassemble the P1120. The insides of this laptop are horrible. I managed to get the screws out and reassemble it shortly before the EEE came, but it's a bit worse for wear now. Installing Linux was an interesting process, as it can't boot from most USB CD drives (or HDs, or anything but floppies and certain really old CDROMs). I installed DOS onto the drive I used, then used that to install XP (a license key was included on my P1120), and then used a utility to install Ubuntu from XP boot loader.

Before that, I had a Toshiba Libretto 110CT(~$150 off ebay). Fun machine, but nearly useless in this day and age. Mostly used it to play Tyrian 2000. It did cement my desire for another more powerful machine in this size, as I didn't want a full sized laptop.
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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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