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another blog about stuff?? oh yeahh
Hi, i’m not sure how everybody else buys their products but i’m a very sceptical person and usually i do a lot of research before buying something. I’ll try to get some points quickly explaining what i want on a new machine and some short description of what i think are good specifications for a new machine.
Maybe first i should try to explain my reasoning (AKA my user case): i’m a university student, i need my laptop to study and develop. After that what i do most is surf the web, watch some anime, movies and tv series. Do i play games? Not really, maybe just some case of really rare playing like the Humble Bundles that i bought (yes i bought all of them). Important to note here is that i carry my laptop a lot, from home to university, all around the house (going to the bedroom then the living room, etc) and i spend lots of time reading stuff. As you should know i use GNU/Linux and the rare times i need windows i prefer launching some virtualization solution.
What kind of laptop do you have now? – would you dare to ask. An Asus M51Vr (specs) of around 3Kg (use google to convert these units if needed :P), 15.4”. The quality? Pretty bad, right now i have just one hinge supporting the screen, the lower of the pc is hot, the hdd is full of dead sectors, it’s noisy and have i already said heavy? Yeah, it really is. Why did i buy it? – should you want to ask too. It was cheap at the time (3 years ago on a media markt promotion – 666€. It was around 1100€) and it was my first laptop and i needed something to use when entering the university.
So, on the present, the hinge broke around 3 months ago and since then i’m looking for a new laptop. 3 months is a really long time to be with a broken laptop on the verge of collapsing. In the meanwhile i tried to order an hp 5320m and only after one month had passed and after going to the shop some times they were able to tell me that i couldn’t order that one anymore. Great service. Since then and with the coming of many new sandy bridge laptops and new AMD APUs i’ve been stalling and searching a lot to find a good new machine.
Have i already covered everything? … No, keyboard should be good enough quality, i like the looks on those new chicklet keyboards. Touchpad should be good enough too as i only use it without any external usb mouse. Then i just want what everybody wants: good and resistant body construction, really silent, good airflow because i don’t like to get burned, and a reasonable price for these specs (not over 800€).
And cherry on top of the cake? WITHOUT MICROSOFTcrap. I don’t care if it comes without OS, with Ubuntu, with OpenSuse, whatever the case i will install archlinux on it. Even if i want Miscrosoft OS i have access to MSDNAA so i don’t want to pay for something i can get legally and free. So the laptop should have good linux support, but everything said above is compatible with it, so i see no problems. Obviously finding a laptop like this and without Windows pre-installed is just an utopia.
Should be easy to find laptops with these specs? I would say yes, but it seems that manufactors don’t really know what consumers (or am i that special?) want and just throw out random kinds of configurations and poor built laptops. It’s really sad. I’m looking for a new laptop since 3 months ago. I waited for the AMD APUs to get out, now i’m waiting for laptops to come with them, if i wait longer i’ll be waiting for ultra-portables, then wait for return to school laptops launching, etc…
Give me a good laptop today!!