October 09, 2012
They cost too much for the hardware you get. If you get one that actually has some horsepower behind it, it weighs a metric farkton. They'll never play a game as well as a desktop. BUT, and this is an important "but", they're portable. When you're going to be traveling, that's important... and I'm going to be traveling. Next week, I'm attending a five-day-long training session at the home office of the company that runs the Duck U Bookstore. It'd be nice to have access to a computer I trust.
This is where y'all come in. After doing some research, I've found a laptop that fits the pricepoint I'm looking at (~$400), without being neutered by lack of throw-weight. Here's the link to it. I know it's not going to be a desktop replacement, but I don't want a desktop replacement. I'd like a supplement to my desktop. To be honest, it'll probably be more powerful than good ol' Chiyo-chan... after all, she's a six year old, dual-processor system.
But, and this is the thing, I know nothing about laptops anymore. Sure, nine years ago when I worked for CowPuters, I could tell you the ins-and-outs of them, but not now. So help me out here. If the linked laptop isn't good, show me another! One catch: I want to be able to lay hands on it before I buy... which means it has to be at BigBlueBox (use zipcode 61108; that's not Pond Central's, but it's close enough) or HH Gregg (I know, not a lot of choices out here in Duckford). Oh, and nothing a Disciple of Jobs would own.
And thank you for your help!
A related personal thing is that I would not stand for a 1366x768 -- especially at such enormous size!
With personal things aside, I would not go for a 4GB unit. Even 6GB might be a bit tight (it is for Ana-sempai, for example, because of translation support software she runs for work). Unfortunately, memory is a noticeable fraction of the system cost.
The Pavillion with 6GB is $639.
The cheapest available system with 6GB appears to be a Dell Inspiron. I had a pretty good experience with Dells of this kind (and not so good with Vostro, where I had to swap the drive). BTW, website says "Order today, pick up at: ROCKFORD IL - – Pick up in 5 to 7 days". May not be a stocking item.
Asus may be a good candidate. Unfortunately, it often comes with "hidden" or "flush" mouse buttons. Ana-sempai bought one of those while she was away from my wisdom in California, and curses it to high heaven. She had no idea what it's going to be. I would stay away of those, but then again, I'm sure some people are fans of such arrangement.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 09, 2012 10:04 PM (RqRa5)
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Posted by: Mauser at October 10, 2012 04:58 AM (cZPoz)
Many good points are made, above, but at your price point... this is probably about as good as you're going to get, if I'm honest. Everything that would make it a better machine (something lighter, something with more RAM, something with a gigabit NIC, something with USB 3) would also set you back at least $100 extra bucks. And, honestly, my EliteBook only has 4GB RAM as well and since I don't multitask heavily with it, I barely notice. (I will upgrade the RAM some day, but I'm not in a huge hurry.) Mind you, I'm sporting an i7 under the hood, which makes up for a lot of shortcomings. *wry grin*
Posted by: GreyDuck at October 10, 2012 07:20 AM (xbP2x)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 10, 2012 09:00 AM (RqRa5)
You can pick up an extra 4GB of memory for $20 if you need it, so that's not something to worry about.
USB 3 is really nice if you use external disks a lot, but if not, you won't miss it.
My old notebook (15.6" HP, but from 2009), and my current lightweight notebook (13.3") are both 1366x768. It's not ideal - I love my new notebook with its 1920x1080 screen - but it gets the job done.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 10, 2012 10:50 AM (PiXy!)
(Come to think of it, I don't know how much memory it has. Hmm.)
...it even plays World of Warcraft acceptably, though admittedly all the graphics sliders have to be on "low". If my four-year-old laptop can do that, I'd wager this machine will do everything you need it to do just fine.
I'm only hinky about the brand. HP used to make good stuff; but since they were acquired by Compaq I don't trust 'em farther than I could pee a Greyhound AmeriCruiser. But most of that is personal preference, anyway.
Posted by: Ed Hering at October 10, 2012 12:34 PM (DoYzV)
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