I have to buy a laptop next week, as i'll be doing some traveling soon and clearly need to stay connected. I've never owned a laptop, nor even used one much, so I'm right at the "research phase" of the buying cycle. I did a search and came up with an buyers guide to laptops on PCWorld, and have given myself a quick but fairly thorough primer on what I need to know. Now all I have to do, is ask the good boys and girls of Threadwatch to lend a hand by telling us what they have and why they like it.
Some of the things im personally looking for:
- Large screen - im exceptionally poor sighted, so 12" just isn't going to cut it.
- Light as possible - i don't mind a bit of weight, but im not that big, or strong you know...
- Quality components, large HD, reasonable gfx but not gaming quality
- 2.6+ processor
- 6hr battery
Im not rich, but price is far less of an issue than finding somethng i can a) read and work on with my level of vision, and b) can do some relatively resource intensive tasks on - I've just set up a company here in dk and this is the one expense im allowing myself, so it has to be a goody heh..
Naturally i'll be running Gentoo on this, so i'll need a WIFI card running on the Atheros chipset, and er.. i don't know what else, but im pretty good at this stuff now, so apart from that can probably kit out almost anything. NVidia over Radeon would be preferable also.
OK, Bragging time, what've you got?
As this constitutes the Saturday Foo Thread™ let's find out what everyone is carrying, why it's good and generally discuss laptops eh?
So come on, what have you got?