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student looking for a new laptop

by bach101 / April 21, 2009 12:04 AM PDT

my old dell XPS M1210 is beginning to crap out on me and I'm looking to buy a new laptop in the next few months. looking for a small and light computer, something that will finally give my battered left shoulder a break from hauling my laptop around 7 hours a day in a bag that's already full of textbooks. I'd also like to get a little more performance out of it than a netbook, I would consider the HP dv2 but it seems like the athlon neo really doesn't do too much more than the intel atom. however I'm more inclined to sacrifice performance for portability as after two years of lugging my dell (which is already below average weight, about 4.4 pounds IIRC) along with 25+ pounds of textbooks for several hours a day I'd like to take weight off any way I can. so if the dv2 is the best way I can get better than atom performance out of a small and light laptop without spending over 1000$ then so be it.

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I was surprised by
by samkh / April 21, 2009 12:47 AM PDT

the amount of hot air coming out of the dv2 vent when it sat idling. Hotter than any Atom models. Netbooks are unbeatable for performance/weight for everyday tasks if scrolling the tiny screen is not an issue. Bulking up is another way to go.

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multitasking
by bach101 / April 21, 2009 2:06 AM PDT
In reply to: I was surprised by

I rarely use any power intensive applications, but I do tend to multitask, running several windows at the same time. would you say the heat from the dv2 was really a serious issue or was it just a bit hot?

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Serious indicator
by samkh / April 21, 2009 2:50 AM PDT
In reply to: multitasking

Simple equation: more heat = more potential problems, for EVERYTHING in the laptop. dv2 was hot when idling, for a thin notebook, as compared to even powerful Santa Rosas & Montevinas doing work. Your budget can get you a 12" Montevina if you go lightly on the config. However won't meet your wt limit. Look on the small business pages of major vendors if you want portability and reliability. Even their refurbs do better than most new consumer models. Happy shopping.

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Ultraportable.
by Renegade Knight / April 21, 2009 4:27 AM PDT

My short and biased list.

Lenovo makes a few.
The X62 will have a slightly smaller than full size keyboard. There are some good deals in the refurbished section of Lenovo (It's a discontinued model since the X200 came out).
The X200 will have a full size keyboard.
the X300 is smaller (weight wise) still but pricier than it needs to be.

They are fairly durable (they will bet anything that costs less that most vendoer sell.) and the price is ok if you find them on the refurbished section of the lenovo website.

As an alternate the MacBook is a pretty good bank for the book. Not ultraportable but still fairly small. With bootcamp you can run Windows on it no problem. I suspect it's a bit more weight than you want. Personally I don't like the keyboard and would get the X200 or X300 depending on your funding and needs.

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x series
by bach101 / April 22, 2009 12:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Ultraportable.

is just a little bit too expensive, particularly the x301. the x200 is just a bit out of my price range. I'd particularly like to keep it under $1000.

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Try this tool
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / April 22, 2009 5:02 AM PDT
In reply to: x series

If you?re not married to a certain brand, I?d suggest checking out this site from Microsoft that lets you change the different characteristics you?re looking for and populates the list with laptops that fit the specific needs you have.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-laptop-scout/

It?s brand-agnostic, so no worries about being stuck with only Dells or something.

Cheers,
Ron
Windows Outreach Team

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