Looking for a programming laptop.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:00 AM
Also battery life and multi-tasking is a must and I expect to be running Ubuntu on it. Portability wise lighter is better but I can with a bit of bulk. Also my price range is around 1,200 but can go over if necessary. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:17 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 07:45 PM
Formerly known as slickkill77
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:13 PM
Re: programming, you don't need anything special. Will this be your only computer, or will you have a desktop as well? Long battery life and portability are both important for me, so I went with an Acer Aspire One and love it, it's perfect for school -- most people don't pay as much attention to size/weight/battery life as they should and just go with something big and powerful... I always feel sorry for the people lugging around big 6lb+ machines, bringing their power adapter and having to sit near an AC outlet.
IMO, with $1200, the way to go is a netbook for ~$400 and a good desktop for ~$800.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:22 PM
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Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:40 AM
Damn what are you doing on it? I have a T60 with a 14" 4:3 screen that I got in February 2007 (i think) and it gets ~5-6hrs pretty easily with wifi on ~8 without. I think I got like 3 or so while playing some games on it (like early Steam engine games and Diablo II). It has a x1400 and I used it in class all the time. It's an excellent school/work laptop. Since the OP is using it for programming, whatever the current T series is probably ideal for him as they have some of the best keyboards on a laptop.
I don't know how the new Thinkpads are but I have a T61 and the battery life SUCKS on it and I have integrated graphics. Also the LCD is really terrible.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:19 AM
Yea I will also have a desktop. I was just looking at the Acer model and it seems like the battery only powers for around one and a half hours. Also the keyboard seems cramped. But thanks for the suggestion I'll prolly check it out more later.
1.5hr battery life? No way.. maybe the 3cell battery watching a movie or something. Even watching a movie with wifi on, which seems to be the highest power consuming task, I'll get about 2 and a half hours. Typical battery life (surfing the web, Office, Mathematica, etc) is more like 5 hours. I have the 6-cell version, but the 3-cell should be half that.
Regarding the keyboard, it's quite near full size. Give it a try in a store if you're concerned. I have big hands and the keyboard's fine.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:46 AM