are there any laptops that don't completely blow?

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  1. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    looking for a 12-13" laptop with led-backlit lcd, 4+ hour battery life, webcam, <6 lbs or so

    preferably ssd and backlit keyboard.. fingerprint would be neat if it's a windows system

    the OS doesn't matter.. I'd just format it to Ubuntu or Vista regardless.

    the aluminum Macbook would be a good option except for the proprietary video cables/ports, etc. I'm not gonna deal with that shit. give me a fucking HDMI port. and the apple logos everywhere are really gay.

    the dell mini 12 would be perfect if it had led lcd and ssd.
     
  2. scroowielouie

    scroowielouie say what?

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    SL series Lenovo's are pretty sweet
     
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    I agree, just looked them over.

    What's your price range?
     
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    The new Dell Latitudes and Precision Notebooks have all of these features. I was so impressed that I almost bought one, but I still can't get past not actually needing one.
     
  6. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    jesus those are expensive. cost even more than a macbook :hs:

    I'll stay on the lookout for dell sb coupons, though
     
  8. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    well the aluminum macbook is kind of growing on me. I can get over not having an HDMI port.. but does anyone know for sure that the new trackpad will work with ubuntu/vista?

    the other big concern is that everyone I know who has ever had an apple laptop has had the battery completely after only 1-2 years. is it even worth buying one now if you aren't gonna buy an extended warranty to cover a new battery? and if I buy the extended warranty, will it even cover me once I format to windows/ubuntu?

    also, jesus $1600 is a lot of money
     
  9. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I didn't realize some laptops came with eSATA.. since that's possible.. I'd have to make that a requirement.

    So far the only ones I've found that fit the bill are the Dell Studios and XPSs (or maybe Latitude and Precision.. there are too many dells to have gone through them all yet)
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    Depends which one you get. You can skimp on things like RAM and disk space, then buy the same upgrades from Newegg for half the price.
     
  11. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    yeah ram is dirt cheap on newegg these days.. I haven't even looked at the dell prices for that.

    dunno how easily you can upgrade hdds in these, though.. or change a normal drive to ssd, so I've been including the retarded expensive ssd option
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    if the dell mini 12 had an led lcd and ssd, that would be perfect

    the latitude e6400 looks pretty awesome.. for the price of a macbook without ssd I can get a 64GB SSD and "19" hours of battery life

    and they both have led lcd, backlit keyboard, multiport video or whatever.. except the e6400 has esata
     
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    hmm I didn't know about led lcds, just looked them up.

    when will these things be getting oled displays? they're more efficient still, aren't they?
     
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    It's a piece of cake. One or two screws and the HDD slides out.
     
  15. deusexaethera

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    Those are still crazy expensive, and I'd be worried about the organic chemicals degrading and dimming over time.

    It's hard to beat LEDs for energy efficiency. I installed LED bulbs in all my nightlights, and plugged one into a Kill-A-Watt meter -- 3 LEDs per bulb, and it didn't even register a fraction of a watt.
     
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    haha OLED prices are WAY too retarded for anyone to use them. The Sony 11" OLED tv is still $2500.

    LEDs have been around for like a hundred years.. probably longer than fluorescents. It's about time we used them for more stuff.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    yeah but do the SSDs use SATA/PATA like normal drives..? I haven't looked at any of the bandwidth or transfer rates or anything to know if they would need SATA/SATA II instead of PATA, but if the normal hdds come with PATA then it's possible they use a diff mobo or something for those, so to upgrade myself to a ssd, I might not even have the option of SATA.

    those are the concerns I would have.
     
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    oh yeah i forgot about the price ha
     
  19. deusexaethera

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    Yes, the new SSDs use SATA plugs just like spinning disks.
     
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    I'd just get a laptop with a regular disk drive and swap it out for the Intel SSD (if I were to use SSD in a laptop).

    Intel SSD or better, or no SSD at all...
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    I'm still waiting for Fujitsu's hybrid disks to hit the market. There's really only a few GBs of data on any disk that would benefit from being stored in FLASH anyway, so a hybrid disk is the best option.
     
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    Honestly, no there aren't. Some suck less than others.
     
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    the Lenovo T series is also a good choice
     
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    Umm Humm.
    I got a T61p hasn't let me down.
     
  25. Suazo

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    do not get a Dell. I have one, only 1.5 year old and it sucks ass...
     

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