Battery life varied widely with usage. Also, if a desktop replacement, then that's lower too.
As to the 512M with 64M dedicated video ram, such will handily outpace the same CPU with 1G RAM and shared video RAM. Why has been noted in this forum a few times but it basically has to do with the CPU possibly stalling while the GPU is reading the shared RAM.
The Mac OSX was a cakewalk for me. What many overlook is that it also has built in help. The downside is that I can't use one since I am currently developing for Windows...
Like many others, I am shopping for my 1st laptop. Forgive me if this is redundant, but I'm going blind from reading and research...
The laptop will primarily be used at home, but I would like it to be reasonably portable (< 7lb.) so battery life is a concern.
I will be using it for email, web surfing, documents, and on occasion digital photos.
So far I have narrowed my search down to:
-Hp ZT3000 / Compaq x1000 (both customized)
-Dell 8600 or 700m
-14" iBook G4 1.33Ghz
Two other points, if I have 768 MB or 1 GB RAM with 64 MB shared video, will that still run worse than say 512 MB with 64 dedicated?
Lastly, for the uses I've listed above, how much of a learning curve is there moving from XP to Mac OSX? Is the web interface that much different?
Thank you all for your help and patience with yet another new buyer thread.