notebook recommendation

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I know this question is like asking which religion I should join, but
here goes:

Which notebook computer should I buy?

This is for mostly dotnet development, a mid-range desktop replacement.

I'd like the ability to put linux on it and not have driver problems.

I want the ability to play the occasional game, but I'm not a FPS fan.
I'm talking RPGs or RTS games.  So I don't need the latest graphics
card.  MIddle of the road would be fine.

I need at least a gig of ram, with the ability to add more.  2 gigs
with open slots would be ideal.

I don't need the latest cpu.  middle of the pack amd would be fine.

I'd like as much disk as possible, so the ability to add a second drive
internally would be great.



bluetooth would be nice.

Weight doesn't matter.  Battery life is secondary.

I want a pretty display, but it doesn't need to be huge.  But I would
like a higher resolution.

I had a tiny sony vaio that was too small, everything was external.
I'd like to avoid that, I want everything internal this time.  But I
also don't want one of those ultra-wide machines that are too big for
an airplane seat.

I'd like to keep the price under $2000, but I could go higher to get
what I want.

I looked at about a year ago, but it looks like they're
not selling notebooks anymore?  Is there another well-known online
store for the sager notebooks?  Can anyone suggest a different
make/model/site with a good price/performance ratio?   thanks.


Re: notebook recommendation

I won't recommend a laptop but I like Intel CPUs with a stand alone video
One meg of ram and of course a firewire and wireless connection.
I also like to have the ability to get an extended warranty for up to 3
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Re: notebook recommendation


The important things to look at with a notebook are: 1. Warranty
coverage 2. Video performance 3. RAM and 4. Hard drive performance. The
rest is pretty much all the same for most notebooks.

For warranty, I have had experience with Dell and Sony, I would trust
Sony over Dell. I have had notebooks "Repaired" by a Dell tech and not
re-assembled correctly, at least with Sony you get the notebook back in
one peice. My experience says also that you always get the extended
coverage warranty, including accidental damage. I had one notebook that
th screen was placed too close to the keyboard and ended up with
scratches on the screen. This wasn't covered under the normal warranty,
but would have been under an extended warranty. I reccomend one year
longer than you expect to keep the system, and I usually get the
warranty where they come to your home/office to do the repair, and I
ALWAYS get the accidental damage coverage. This is usually 150.00
extra, one screen replacement on a 16" Sony notebook is 800.00. The
keyboard module on most Dells is 75.00 after replacement.

If you are going to do any gaming, get a minimum of 128 MB dedicated
RAM on your video card. Note that there are two types of RAM for
notebook video cards, shared and dedicated. You want the latter. This
makes sure that the RAM is always available for the video. Sony has
released a dual video system on the SZ series that might be worth
looking into where you choose a low video or high video option
depending on what you want to do. I suggest a Radeon solution, but the
nVidia high-end notebook cards are good too.

For RAM, minimum 1 GB. You can get away with 512, but with Windows
sucking on average 380 MB and your average processes another 200 or so,
it goes away pretty quick. Gaming is even harder on resources.

The new 7200 RPM hard drives are noticably faster than 4200 or even
5400 RPM. Get the size you think you need plus 20%. Also, one of the
first things I usually do is set up a partition for my data and
allocate about 20-25 GB on the C drive for programs and for Windows.
Keep in mind, though, that the faster drives seem to be a little more
noisy and run a little warmer than the slow ones.

Other than that, get what you think works for you. I would suggest
visiting CompUSA, blowing off the salespeople for an hour and playing
with every notebook there. Get an idea of what keyboard size you want,
screensize, weight, etc. They can and will unlock them if you ask hard

For the Sager systems you asked about, Alienware uses a sager platform,
or so I have heard, and is the
sager homepage.

I hope this helps.

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Re: notebook recommendation

Well, I've got this one on E-Bay:

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