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Thu Nov 24 16:17:47 GMT 2005
>>>>> "Gary" == Gary Kline <kline at tao.thought.org> writes:
>> >> Of course, this is not a Thinkpad clone, but it is a very good
>> laptop >> nonetheless (especially the awesome 15.4" 1920x1200
>> > That is *outsanding* resolution!!! I'm looking at some real >
>> good deals on ebay ... think I'll check the Thinkpads. See > if
>> they've come down. Like to find another one without XBill's >
>> This is one of the reasons I use Dell (the other is that I prefer
>> them to ThinkPads, the only other machines that support this
>> resolution). My machine has the 1920x1200 screen. It's so much
>> better than the standard 1024x768 that you have to see it to
Gary> I wish some EE and ME would design a mouse-pad with a slight
Gary> tilt to steer the mouse; I think that would be a great
Gary> improvment on the current scratch mousepad. Similarly with
Gary> Thinkpad's tiny joystick. I've tried my wife's Dell l'top....
Gary> Agree that the Thinkpad's screen res is drawback; the
Gary> 1920x1200 is a ++major.
I have the Dell D800 --- which is a frighteningly expensive machine (I
think the 1920x1200 resolution plus a fast pentium-M will run you
$3500 Cdn) --- but it's an amazingly good machine. So here's my score
- 1920x1200 screen w/ nvidia 3D. One of the best screens in the
- P4M processor (essential)
- available dual-battery
- next day / no questions asked onsite repair for about 10% extra.
- has both joystick and touchpad
- GigE (handy in that it has auto-crossover)
- real serial port
- ACPI suspend still doesn't work (2.5 years on)
- Not cheap
- Dell doesn't acknowledge FreeBSD exists.
On the warrenty... I'm hard on equipment and I depend on my
equipment. I've been impressed that if I put my foot down and "say"
that I believe something needs replacing, then without much fuss, they
do it. The next day onsite service is cool. Most of the time I get
them to ship me the part, but I did have them replace the moatherboard
once --- a nice guy came and did that ... and didn't even ask about my
rerouting of the ariels in the chassy (to accomodate a different
interal wireless card).
On the whole, the lease is up in about 6 months. I'd probably get
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