Good Santa Rosa notebooks?

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  1. o2

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    I wanna get a new notebook, and since the new Centrino notebooks are coming out next month, it would make sense I wait. Anyone have any good suggestions? I know a lot of people sackride ASUS... any good ones?

    I need a 2ghz CPU, 2GB ram, and at least 100GB of HD space. Dedciated video card is a bonus, but not required. Need it to be as compact as possible, and good battery life is a must.
     
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    Got me, who prefab's nice high-end laptops?
     
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    you're asking for good battery life and small, but great performance and lots of space... not easily done together.
     
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    Well, I dont want an ultra-portable.... something under 6lb, with a ~14" high-res screen (kinda like my Dell :greddy:).
     
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    get a macbook?
     
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    I wonder when/if Dell will unveil the new inspiron lineup.
     
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    Shitty battery life, Santa Rosa not found? Can you even run Vista on it? I dont wanna use ShitOS.
     
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    OS X is light years ahead of vista anyways and yes the intel macs will have vista support soon enough.. but i use vista on my non macs and to be honest its hog if you dont have at least 2gig of memory. and compatibility issues still arise.
     
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    Please dont start preaching the OSX superiority. I dont want or need it. 1/2 the software I need doesn't even work on it.
     
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    OSX brough some advancement at the expense of ease of use. I believe OSX could put up some solid competition for Windows *if* it wasn't limited to being installed only on their subpar hardware.

    Anywho, if he's using this box for business it's a non-issue.
     
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    and that is taken care of by dual booting xp along side OS X. forget the os the notebook itself is a great product.
     
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    yeah very true. i mean i use vista xp and OS X. they all have the up and down falls i just prefer my mac.
     
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    Is apple coming out with macbooks based on the new centrino?
     
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    That's what I'm waiting for at the moment. BTW, what do you need dedicated graphics for? If you stick with onboard, you'll save on price and battery life. The onboard graphics on Crestline (GM965) are getting better.
     
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    I dont need dedicated video. I said it would be nice to have, but I dont need it.

    Hell, if they make the Macbook Pro run Vista flawlessly, and come out with a Core2 model that gets as much battery life as my Dell, I'll buy one no problem. Is there a way to remove MacOS and just boot into Windows?
     
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    Boot Camp 1.2 runs Vista just fine.


    :ugh:
     
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    What about video card drivers? Are there any decent ones? Will I be able to do anything but run word processor/email with it?
     
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    the only issue i had with my MBP and vista was with the video drivers, and it was because of the resolution with the 17" models. but since the boot camp update, they all work fine. i dont have any issues. but i do have a few friends that strictly boot Vista and Gentoo, and no OSX. it's still something to look into
     
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    How much battery do you get on it with wifi turned off, and lowest backlight setting?
     
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    Sony and ASUS make sturdy and stylish notebooks, HP and Dell aren't as bad as people would have you believe. Lenovoo of course are the top choice if you don't mind the look and feel of them. It's hard to really advise because santa rosa should also see manufacturers adding other features and new designs.

    www.notebookreview.com would be worth reading when the new models start appearing.
     
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    with bluetooth, wifi off and dimmed, i can get 3.5-4 hours. that's with my 17" model with nearly 100 cycles already
     
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    VooDooPCs are really nice, but pricey.
     
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    Im so used to my Dell getting 6+ hours... :hs:

    Everything else just seems so little.
     
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    really? 6+ hours must be nice. ill admit that that's a really nice feature. the macbook might be able to get that though
     
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    Yah it gets that with the extended battery... which sticks out a bit, but I dont really mind.

    Will the 15 inch MBP get more battery life than 17? Smaller screen and all?

    Whats the return policy in Apple stores? Id go buy one, and see if I like it. if not, return it.
     

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