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Which Laptop?

by mjl2102 / November 14, 2010 4:09 AM PST

Which laptop should I get?
Most important to me is long battery, life VERY fast machine, low weight. I am using this primarily for school and business functions - primarily Internet and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).

I have been told that ASUS is the best here but some have suggested Sony,,,,,?

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Conflicting requirements.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 4:23 AM PST
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Fast, low weight and long battery power conflict. I've yet to see a machine that met all 3 of your requirements.

But there is another comment I want to make about running on battery power. IT'S EXPENSIVE. Most laptops come with a 300 cycle battery. If you used it everyday and charged nightly then after a year the battery might be giving about 1/2 or less the hours it was when new. Batteries run about 1 to 2 hundred so be sure you can budget that in one year.

The Acer Timelinex models are worth a look for long battery times.

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by mjl2102 / November 14, 2010 12:32 PM PST

Someone suggested the Asus bamboo model - idea was that it is quick and has the best battery life although weight is not as great. The other specific model was the Sony (I think Z model?) which has the new type of harddrive so it does not spin, is SUPER light (in the 3 pound range) and supposedly very fast although I think pricey.

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That carbon fiber solid state drive....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 12:52 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Yes, it is pricey.

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Worth it though for sony?
by mjl2102 / November 14, 2010 9:57 PM PST

Worth the price with all the advantages or not?

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That's a personal choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2010 12:10 AM PST

Given the somewhat short life span of laptops (2 to 4 years) my choice is to not over invest. I won't buy a carbon fiber solid state machine. And the maker is not helping me change my mind with their poor ONE YEAR warranty.


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Pick any two
by Jimmy Greystone / November 14, 2010 7:59 AM PST
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Pick any two between power, battery life, and weight, because you can't have all three.

I will say that Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro come pretty close to all three. Some of the best in class battery life, decent power, and they're quite a bit lighter than most of the competition. And you can get MS Office for Mac OS X. It doesn't have Access, but you don't list needing Access.

Asus is still a relative newcomer when it comes to the whole computer market. They've made individual components for years with a mostly positive track record.

Sony is a house divided in more ways than one. And where I work, we have at least one person working full time repairing Sony stuff. Granted I work full time as the Apple repair person, but I'm constantly looking for something to do. Lately I spend more time working on overflow low end Toshiba systems than I do Apple.

You can choose whatever you like, just avoid the low end stuff. With computers, and laptops especially, you WILL pay one using one of two payment options. You can either pay up front in cash, or you can pay in installments of frustration for the entire time you have the laptop. It's your choice, but you have to choose one if you're going to buy a computer.

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by mjl2102 / November 14, 2010 12:33 PM PST
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Thanks- I was told the new Sony model has it all -- its super light, 7 hours battery, and very fast --- also does not heat up since it uses the new harddrive which does not spint....

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That's not unique to Sony
by Jimmy Greystone / November 14, 2010 10:33 PM PST
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That's not unique to Sony. Of course you don't list any specific models, but a lot of laptop makers have solid state drive options, if you're willing to pay the hefty price tag attached. But the HDD spinning is a pretty minor source of heat buildup in any laptop. That comes from the CPU and GPU more than anything.

Faster the CPU and/or GPU, the more battery power it will consume and the more waste heat it will generate. That's just physics, there's nothing you can do to change that. And longer battery life usually means a bigger battery, which adds weight and thickness to the overall system. No way to get around that with current technology.

You want thin, light, and powerful you should be prepared to pay through the nose for it. If you don't have a first born to sign away to pay for it, now's the time to get started on fixing that. You should also be prepared for some of the tradeoffs that will be a necessity to make that happen. Upgrade potential will likely be just this side of zero, and batteries still are consumables, so they will wear out over time. And as technology progresses, the system will be eclipsed by others in probably under 2 years.

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by Chaoolif / November 14, 2010 10:06 PM PST
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yes, i like asus it's durable. for me good quality motherboards are important.

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by mjl2102 / November 19, 2010 1:16 AM PST
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OK- I have decided not go get Lenovo X200 since I dont like the trackball. Major concern at this point is the battery: The two that seem the best are some Asus (not sure which model) or the Sony Z series. I like the Z series but am concerned about the battery. I am happy to get the bigger battery that they offer.....

Any thoughts here?

I really appreciate it!

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