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January 9, 2006, 9:15 pm
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Your problem will not be processor or even RAM, it is obtaining a laptop
with a 17" screen. I assume also you'll need the requisite resolution
(something like UXGA 1600x1200) as well.
The AMD64 chips (I use one in my Acer Ferrari 3400) are superb, and
generally will match the Intel chips computationally by a factor of 1.5
(i.e. 2GHZ AMD64 = 3GHZ P4M). They are very fine perfomers. I use one
running Linux (with 1.25GB RAM).
Sony laptops tend to be consumerish and not really for Professional (or
dare I say semiprofessional) use. Acer I like (having one) but the build
isn't anywhere near an IBM for example.
Saying this nearly all laptops with a 17" screen will most likely be
suitable for generally undemanding work. I'd buy any reputable brands
machine but focus on the warranty.
If IBM (or the company that recently purchased the ThinkPad brand) do a
relevent model you may get an (excellent) 3 year warranty. I have used an
IBM warranty for work machines and they are quite frankly superb. Nothing
touches an IBM on build.
Have you considered a 15" UXGA model? The 17" will be larger but unlikely
to offer much more in resolution (UXGA+/wide etc). More to the point the
laptop will be CONSIDERABLY smaller (and perhaps cheaper). Larger than a
17" display will likely make the machine a "luggable" almost, and
certainly not an easy portable to move around. EVen 17"'s are big machines.
Hope this helps.