Recommendations for a laptop

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by apu95, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. apu95

    apu95 Caffeine-->Code Converter

    Messages:
    502
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Hey guys

    im in the market for a new laptop. im gonna switch to computer science soon and im gonna need one for coding on the go and stuff (possibly linux as well).

    the must haves are:
    - light weight (i think 5 lbs max)
    - wifi connectivity
    - long battery life
    - decent to high performance
    - dvd-r (or +r)

    ive been thinking of getting a Dell Inspiron 700m, but I've read that the battery life sucks for a laptop.

    any suggestions?

    thanks in advance
    Apu
     
  2. Weasel

    Weasel Define 'Cynical'

    Messages:
    163
    Location:
    Sammamish, WA
    Apple PowerBook. ;) Check out Toshiba and Acer, I think. But seriously, don't be afraid of the Apple.
     
  3. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

    Messages:
    330
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    I have a 700m with extended battery, and although the battery sticks out the back a bit (I don't mind) it now lasts 5 hours on the road. has all the things you need dvd-r/+r, brillian display, light weight, wifi, 2 usb2 ports, firewire ...

    I got the 3 year warranty upgrade, which should be fine for most of your university life (and will get old and slowafter 3 years anyway, right?)

    good luck.

    oh: and have a google search for 700m reviews, and you will find heaps of information.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    Messages:
    13,256
    Location:
    New York City
    I agree with Elroy. The 700m fits all the criteria you mentioned. Just select the 65WHr battery when you're ordering the machine, and you'll get 5 hours easily. :)

    Here's a review I did for OSNN a few months ago with a few pictures of the machine:
    http://www.osnn.net/articles.php?action=show&showarticle=101
    I posted a link to the review on Neowin and several other members who have the machine (and those who ordered one after reading the review) had good things to say about it.
     
  5. apu95

    apu95 Caffeine-->Code Converter

    Messages:
    502
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    sweet...i was having doubts about the machine, i read on a review that the performance was way lower than other similarly configured laptops.
    anyways, as for the chipsets for the wireless connectivity, which one should i go for? i dont mind either one, but i'd rather have the one that is the most compatible with linux (ideally to use in a live distro at first, and then in a full installed one).

    thank a lot for the input guys

    Apu
     
  6. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

    Messages:
    3,763
    Location:
    London, UK
    one more MUST HAVE I would tack on is 512MB RAM
     
  7. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    14,905
    Location:
    Between Austin and Tampa
    you might also want to consider the 600M

    weighs a little more than the 700M but a bigger screen... 14.1" v/s 12.1"

    also costs a little less

    its still in the 5lb class and the battery life is pretty decent :cool:

    the centrino setups are basically the chipset/processor/wireless tech all in one so any system with a centrino setup is just ace...
     
  8. apu95

    apu95 Caffeine-->Code Converter

    Messages:
    502
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    yeah, the 512 megs are a must...luckily, dell canada is offering a free upgrade to 1gb from the base 512 megs of ram anyways :p

    i considered the 600m as well, but the small size of the 700m convinced me. im gonna need to be carrying books as well, and ideally i wanna carry this all in one bag (im gonna get a nice foam padded thingy for the laptop).

    so as for the intel wireless, it'll work with linux?