So. We’re moving, very soon, and as part of a possibly-misguided promise to my lovely and very, very patient wife, I am reducing my computer-ownership to one laptop and one desktop. Many of you I think will view even that as an excess and, frankly, screw you guys, I don’t want to hear it.
But as part of that purge, it’s time for me to get rid of my very heavy, much-abused and had-water-poured-on-it-by-Via-Rail laptop, an old ECS. Who, I hear you ask? Exactly.
In any case, I’m shopping for a laptop. And, dearest internet, I solicit your opinions.
Right now, I’m looking at a Lenovo N100 with a 2 gig RAM upgrade. About $1400 all in, where “in” includes a mail-in rebate, but nevertheless. I’ve read that the sound sucks, but sound-on-laptops is historically for the crazy and desperate only, so that’s no surprise. The big thing I’m looking for is: power management has to work. I am assured for that particular model that it does, but I’m a Linux user, so who knows?
Those of you who are going to tell me to get a Mac, know that I have a deep sympathy for your viewpoint. But a MacBook with 2 gigs of RAM and a 100 gig hard drive is between $600 and $900 more expensive, depending on the model. Which gets me a slightly faster processor, OSX, and a much smaller screen. And no chance at a docking station, and and and…
It also gives me a product from a company that will pull the carpet out from under you without telling you, something I would politely call unacceptable. So as pretty as Macs are, and they really are that, it’s a non-starter. For religious reasons, which I would have difficulty explaining to people who don’t already agree with me. Yes, I know what that makes me. Move along.
I’m wondering if anyone:
- has heard anything about the Lenovos, for or against?
- knows of some brand I should definitely look at, or definitely avoid?
- thinks I should wait until the christmas-season sale glut?
- thinks I should wait for Apple’s christmas-season offerings?
- thinks I should look at something else completely?
- thinks I should skip the whole thing?