07-14-2011, 01:48 AM
| | Re: Laptop recommendations.
Somewhere on teh intarwebs John wrote:
> Laptop recommendations:
> The wife needs a new laptop used mainly for Internet and online
> low-res gaming (java board games *not* Duke nukem and the like) along
> with the occasional home business app. Word processor & spread sheet
> can be had for free so pre-loaded MS stuff isnt' needed here. It must
> run Windows as she seems allergic to Linux and is about as far from a
> techie as one can get.
> I really don't want to spend more than $500 and she prefers a medium
> sized comp in the 14" range as its almost always on her lap rather
> than on a desk. She says the 15.6+ sizes are too large and the 10"
> notebooks too small.
> Good battery life is a concern but more importantly strong WIFI
> reception as she is normally uses it on the floor above the home WIFI
> modem. I had to hook up a USB antenna receiver to her current laptop
> (an old Dell) to get acceptable reception. That can be pain on a
> laptop as the antenna is always in the way and prone to getting
> knocked out of the port.
> A responsive keyboard and mouse pad are also concerns.
> Win7 PRO is preferred by me (the reluctant administrator) but I
> suppose I could settle for home premium. 4GB RAM seems to the sweet
> spot for that operating system. A method of reloading Windows is an
> absolute must as she knows nor cares much about viruses (despite my
> lamentations) and is usually online 4+ hours per day.
> If I can get it for $400 then I could get a backup enclosure & hard
> drive for use on both of our comps, so Estata capability to match my
> work station would be a plus!
> A high density (>4GB) smart card port for transferring pictures from
> cameras is also a need. Yea, I have a USB adapter but the little
> bugger seems to either be hiding somewhere about the house -or- left
> at home when she and the computer are out.
I find it odd that people use card readers. Every camera that I've used has
a mini / micro USB port. <shrug>
> To reiterate:
> 1. 14" laptop
> 2. Win7 w/ 4GB RAM
> 3. Esata port (not a necessity but would be nice).
> 4. HD camera card port
> 5. Quality keyboard and mouse pad
> 6. Excellent WIFI reception.
> 7. Average (business range) graphics and processor.
> 8. Better than average battery life (4+ hours).
> 9 $500 or less.
> 10. And of course the usual accessories like a CD/DVD burner/reader,
> USB2 ports, etc.
> Any satisfied consumers out there using recently purchased
> lappies/notebooks that could satisfy most or all of the above
I wouldn't buy a 'new' laptop at all. I'd buy a 14" T60 ThinkPad (the last
with IBM input, best ThinkPad made) in good condition, one with integrated
graphics would be sturdier even than an ATI-equipped one, and get an eSATA
expresscard for it. Max RAM is /only/ 3GB but they're bulletproof machines.
Also there's that certain cache about using a *real* laptop rather than the
flimsy bling things that everyone's making today.
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche