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> What Laptop Do You Use, And Why?
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 26 2007, 02:57 PM
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Personally, I had a few IBM thinkpads which were pretty solid - one (380ED) is still with me - it was my Dad's for a few years, i'm going to clean it up and it'll be my Mum's simple word processor and email appliance.

I then had a Dell Latty C610, nice, but a bit flimsy. The Latitude got replaced relatively recently with a Sony TX2/XP which has an awesome screen, and best of I don't need to carry tons of adaptors, and can often leave charger behind. My laptops don't often leave home, so the relative flimsiness of the TX2 doesn't matter - they get moved around the house depending on what I'm doing.

At work I often didn't have a laptop, a few years ago I gained a cast-off Dell Inspiron 5000 which was a huge chunky solid thing, and it was really robust. Then I had a Dell D400 and D410, neither of which were particularly nice. Changed job in June, got a MacBookPro, lived with OSX for a few months but found Linux was more useful for my tasks, passed off the MBP to a new guy and ended up with a Tosh Tecra M9 (with discrete Nvidia graphics) mainly runs linux, very rarely Vista for specific tasks . We also have Lenovo's at work but a few problems with them meant we decided to try a different brand. A colleague has a Tosh R500 and I'd probably buy one of those instead of a Sony TX/TZ as it feels more solid.

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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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