Thanks very much for the detailed review Ronan, appreciate. Didn't
realise the D430 had a nipple or I'd've considered it more carefully,
and I'd totally dig an SSD. Can I get a look at it sometime please?
Ronan Kirby wrote:
>> Hmmm. If you were to buy a(nother) ultralight notebook, what would you
>> go for? I'd really like something with pointy stick rather than - or in
>> addition to, if necessary - a touchpad. Touchpads are demon spawn.
>> Preferably that a separate base can be purchased for, I very rarely need
>> the extra crap.
>> I recently moved to a Dell D430. It has good points and bad. It's ultra
> protable, though the smallest Sony is smaller than this. 12.1" screen, but
> as it's widescreen, you get a proper shaped keyboard! With the extended
> life batter, with RHEL running on it, I get 6 hours full use without
> needing to charge. It has a dual core processor and 2GB ram (which is the
> max). Intel IWL4965 wireless, bluetooth, GigE etc. Fingerprint reader for
> those nights you're too wasted to remember your password ;-) SD slot.
> PCMCIA slot. Mouse nipple and pad. Like you, I *hate* the pad.
>> Best thing about this is the solid state hard disk. It's very fast (for a
> laptop), reliable and low-power! Ok, with the SSD you can only get up to
> 36GB, but trust me, it's worth it. Carry an external drive for anything
> else. Of course, you can always just use a spindle based disk in it too.
>> I also got an additional media-slice for it, which contains the DVD etc.
> It's about another 1cm slab that sits on the bottom. Though I use it as my
> docking station for home, and then a proper docking station in the office
> (which I've not seen in 2 months).
>> With RHEL and F8 pretty much everything worked out of the box.
>> The only real downside is the fan. Some of them can be a little noisy. In
> so far as, if it was beside your bed when trying to sleep, it would seem
> loud and warm. However, I know for /you/ Adam this would not be an issue
>> - R
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