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Old 07-08-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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:tongue What's the Best and Most Portable Laptop Right Now?

I?ll be doing lots of travelling and wanted to pick up a new laptop to accompany me. I have made a big mistake buying a 16 inch one previously - it?s powerful, yes, but it?s also large and heavy and as such a pain in the ass when travelling. You can?t even open the fucker on a plane cause there is no room and it?s also a bitch to use in a car cause it?s again larger than available space.

I?m looking for something as small as possible, but a full feature notebook, not one of those netbooks or whatever they call it, that don?t have an optical drive, etc. What?s the best option right now, best bang for a buck? Preferably no bigger than 13.3? screen.

Would I be better off waiting until laptops with Windows 7 are available (not sure how soon)? Are there any laptops that have Intel i7 processors?
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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I suggest you consider Lenovo x301 - my friend has one and it's definitely a great laptop with solid build quality and very nice overall feel to it.

I would have one myself if there was a docking station available. Now I have a Lenovo T400, which is also awesome, but a regular sized laptop.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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That's an expensive puppy and the quote is even in US funds. Making shit lightweight really bumps the price way up there.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:39 PM   #4
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I suggest you consider Lenovo x301 - my friend has one and it's definitely a great laptop with solid build quality and very nice overall feel to it.

I would have one myself if there was a docking station available. Now I have a Lenovo T400, which is also awesome, but a regular sized laptop.
My mom has a Lenovo, they're pretty sweet.
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I?ll be doing lots of travelling and wanted to pick up a new laptop to accompany me. I have made a big mistake buying a 16 inch one previously - it?s powerful, yes, but it?s also large and heavy and as such a pain in the ass when travelling. You can?t even open the fucker on a plane cause there is no room and it?s also a bitch to use in a car cause it?s again larger than available space.

I?m looking for something as small as possible, but a full feature notebook, not one of those netbooks or whatever they call it, that don?t have an optical drive, etc. What?s the best option right now, best bang for a buck? Preferably no bigger than 13.3? screen.

Would I be better off waiting until laptops with Windows 7 are available (not sure how soon)? Are there any laptops that have Intel i7 processors?
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:14 AM   #7
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Dell sells lots of their Mini 9. It weighs about 2 lbs and actually fits in the cargo pocket on a few pairs of shorts I have. Who needs an optical drive?

It's perfect for web, email and communicating online.

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Old 07-10-2009, 11:23 AM   #8
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i still love my asus eee netbook
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #9
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i still love my asus eee netbook
They take a while to get used to, but I can't live without mine now. It goes with me everywhere.

I love me Macbook, so if you want something bigger with an optical drive...that would be my suggestion.
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:30 PM   #10
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you running osx on a dell?
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:34 PM   #11
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you running osx on a dell?
Yeah. All you need is a boot CD, a copy of OSX and the drivers which are already nicely prepackaged specifically for this model Dell Mini 9 (and Vostro a90).

With a 16gb SSD, you can do it just as you would any other OSX install. No difference what so ever. It gets full updates from Apple.

We've got two of these little netbooks, with 16gb ssd and 2 gig of RAM. The cost about $250 each with aftermarket upgrades. For running email and web browsing and blogging on the go they are perfect.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:26 PM   #12
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Dell sells lots of their Mini 9.
I picked that up but sent it back. Damn space bar had to be hit dead center to space. Maybe they fixed it by now, but it was a complete mess.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #13
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Second on the Lenovo X series. I prefer the T series, which to me is mobile enough - but it's a rather large laptop in comparison.

One of my on-site datacenter guys carries an X-series around, and these guys are *hard* on their laptops. Dell/etc. crud might last a year if you're lucky - but the Lenovo's last 3-4 years regularly.

As someone long ago once told me - Once you go Thinkpad you never go back

The only other laptop I would consider for someone who actually uses it like a laptop (e.g. travels with the thing regularly) would be a Toughbook.

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Old 07-10-2009, 03:55 PM   #14
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I got an IBM/lenovo T400 earlier this year and LOVE IT. I honestly can't believe Dell and others are charging so much for way weaker laptops. I mean, it's got a magnesium chassis with spill gutters so you can rain all over it and it'll still work. They have wicked coupons online or you can call their 1-800 number and talk to an actual english speaking person who will explain all the options for you. I can't recommend them enough. For an extra $100 or so you can get a "no questions asked" replacement warranty. If you drop it out of a moving car or whatever, they'll ship you a new one.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...91C724ECD09BA7
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:57 PM   #15
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Oh, and the warranty applies to the machine with Lenovo, not the owner. So if you pick up a relatively new one on Craigslist, odds are good it'll still have warranty.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:07 PM   #16
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what about dell mini 12?
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