Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Powerful Laptop Recommendations?

I'm looking for a replacement for my aging, circa-2000 IBM Thinkpad a20p, pictured at right. I was wondering if you might have any recommendations? I plan to dual-boot Windows XP and FreeBSD 6.0 on this system. It needs to be powerful as I would like to use it for teaching classes as well. Here are cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 specs I had in mind:

  • Intel® Pentium® M Processor 760 [2.00GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 533MHz FSB]

  • 2 GB RAM

  • 60 GB+ 7200 RPM HDD

  • NVIDIA GeForce video, to take advantage of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir FreeBSD drivers and avoid ATI

  • Gigabit NIC

  • 802.11b/g is nice, especially if disabled via external switch

  • Bluetooth -- not sure if I need it?

  • Under 7 lbs -- my current laptop is more like a ThinkBrick

  • At least a 14.1" screen; I don't care about widescreens


I like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 features of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Toshiba Tecra M3, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 reviews are terrible. I really like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 durability and keyboard of my Thinkpad and I worry what ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r vendors are going to provide. I appreciate your help.

Update: Thank you for all of your comments. I've decided to wait for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 arrival of Windows Vista in Q306. By that time I expect to see Intel Virtualization Technology in 64 bit mobile CPUs like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Intel Merom, which will be very helpful for my classroom setup. There's an outside chance I would get a Mac running on Intel as well, if VMware was supported.

25 comments:

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arwuah said...

Richard,

The specs you mentioned above describe that of my ThinkPad T43PH2U, except I have cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Intel 770 2.13Ghz processor with a 15" screen and 1G of RAM.

I find this post fascinating because several months ago, when I was searching for laptops I was influenced to get an IBM because I read one of your post about how FreeBSD ran soo nicely on it (it was an A-Series ThinkPad you posted about sometime ago).

My T43P runs smooth, its fast and well built. The only thing I dislike about this beauty is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 heat problem when running FBSD. For instance, running buildworld with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 machine set to high performance will easily raise cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 temperature to 99 degrees Fahrenheit. I kid you not! And, yes it still runs after that. Its a ThinkPad!

Apples are nice, but if cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y are going to release OSX for Intel why wait 12 months or so when you can buy a top of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 line ThinkPad that will run OS X? Unless... Apple cuts a deal with Intel to only make specific Intel’s to run cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir OS.

Anonymous said...

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I have a Dell Latitude D810 that I use at work as my main machine. It was ordered with a docking station, so I could use an external monitor, mouse and keyboard. This is great for me, as using cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 laptop kvm all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time might be tiring.

I am planning on installing FBSD on it someday soon, but I just haven't had any free time to do so yet, hopefully soon though. I doubt that I will dual boot it, as I would racá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r leave windows behind. I might run into problems with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ATI video adapter though, but we'll see soon enough.

It has been a decent laptop so far. The only problem so far has been windows. It might not meet your needs, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r models of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Latitude line come with nVidia graphics.

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Roger

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I'd really suggest looking at a 15" PowerBook - OS/X is based upon FreeBSD, so you get juicy *NIX goodness along with Microsoft Office for Mac, which is 10x better than it is under Windows. All cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 traffic analysis and telemetry tools you can think of run just fine on it . . . why not go ahead and make cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 switch? You'll really thank yourself, if you do.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Richard,
I previously had a Thinkpad A21p and recently bought a T43p. The T43p is a really nice machine, it has has all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 features you desire except it comes with an ATI card. The card works like a champ with Xorg though, giving you a resloution of 1400x1050.

Base Gent said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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ThinkPad from Lenovo is a better option. IBM and HP do provide good after sales service also. Panasonic and Sony seem to lack in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 support front.

mich said...

I was really hooked on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 T42p, but it was just too damn expensive.. I ended up with Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S7010, and I can warmly recommend it.

It's super light, and powerful (2GHz Pentuim-M, 2GB RAM, 80GB drive, Gigabit ecá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rnet, builtin 802.11b/g... and weighing in at less than 2kg)
15,1" screen, however max resolution is only 1024x768.

I haven't tested windows on it, but I run FreeBSD-CURRENT without any problems.

Anonymous said...

Anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r vote for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Thinkpad ;-) I am using a T43p and it's a very nice machine!

Anonymous said...

And yet anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r reccomendation on a ThinkPad. I'm dual booting XP and FreeBSD (6.0) on my T42p and have _zero_ issues. I do full time development in both OS's and I love it.

Anonymous said...

Looking through sites and groups, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 IBM x40 seems popular with OpenBSD users. Let us know what you choose and why.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Richard,

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Da Chief.

Anonymous said...

I vote for ThinkPad T43 14.1" screen. The only
problem of T43 is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re is
no reliable FreeBSD driver for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ATI X300 in 3D mode.

Anonymous said...

Do people still need serial ports to connect to appliances and swithches.
How do you connect to a Soekris box
w/o a serial port? The PowerBooks and IBM X don't have serial ports?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: RS232 is so 20th century! Get a USB->RS232 converter cable and you're good to go with a powerbook and your soekris box.

Anonymous said...

Hey Richard,
After reading your req. I would suggest go for:
Dell XPS Gen2
you will love it.
Take care.
Best Regards,
TagD.

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Anonymous said...

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