On Tue, 2005-12-13 at 11:44 +0000, conor at discuskeeping.com wrote:
> I will never understand these desktop replacement hings.
> I have an apple ibook G4, and deliberately chose the smallest one I
> could find.
>> Why? Because its a _portable_ computer. i.e.: If it wont fit inside my
> biker jacket, its not portable.
>> It has 5 network points and plays 3D games if required.
> The great thing is, smaller laptops cost less money, sweet.
>> In work, I plug it into a big monitor (sometimes), and at home I do
> likewise for
> watching dvd's or gaming. This way I can run on battery all day long
> and plug it
> in only when I get home.
Well, I use a laptop for a few things, mainly work.
I looked at getting a laptop which was small and light that I could use
away from a desktop, but after thinking about it alot, (I started
thinking about that ages ago, originally wanting a Sony Vaio C1XS), I
decided that the extra hassle of working on two different computers, as
well as the minimum required accessories etc. made the size of the
laptop a not so important factor.
I can understand where you are coming from WRT the 17" laptops, but I
find a 15.4" widescreen laptop an acceptable compromise.
For my usage scenario:
Work: Plug laptop into mains, network and USB hub connected to external
keyboard and mouse.
Home: Plug into mains or use on battery with WiFi connection.
Mobile: Use on battery with WiFi. Get about 2.5 - 3 hours this way.
One of the most critical parts of the specs of a laptop is the screen
resolution, I found the standard 1280 x 800 screens on alot of laptops
too restrictive, with 800 pixels not being tall enough to display alot
of information on the screen.
I'd be interested to see what sort of battery life you get, as I thought
~3 hours with this one was quite good! ;)
So in contrast, I think you and I were coming from different
requirements, you need portability, and I need screen real estate!
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