Hans from Internation Musing asked ‘Which brand laptop can you recommend’. He also mentioned that ‘The last one, a DELL, bought in December 2007, is a head ache from day 1.’ Without going into detail what causes the dell headache. And that he ‘had a nice laptop, a Toshiba, in pre I-net time, the brand still okay?’
Dear Hans, somehow I fear you don’t like to hear the answer ‘go for a Mac’. 😉 Sounds to me like you would prefer a Windows one. Ok, I tell you which one I use and what the good and bad points of it are. And regarding Toshiba, I have an old one myself. A tiny little thingie that I keep for nostalgic reasons, but no idea how Toshiba is doing at present time. But before I give you my personal laptop recommendation, here some basic things to consider:
What is your budget?
I mean I can recommend you the greatest laptop on earth, if you don’t have the money to buy it that advice will be useless to you. The budget was the reason that I didn’t went with a Mac laptop last time. So if you know your budget than you have already done have the work of selecting a new laptop.
Which operating system?
Windows Vista will work well if you have a lot of ram and/ or if you turn all these fancy features of. If you want to have a lot of the fancy stuff than, to work fast, you will need minimum 4gb ram. If you can lay your hands on a Laptop that runs Windows XP and than perhaps later upgrade to Windows 7 directly, that might a route to choose. If, and that is a huge IF, Windows 7 proves to be stable. Are you technically inclined? Than you could always go down the Linux/ Ubuntu route…
Another possibility might be Presto
I actually have the trial version sitting there to be tested but haven’t come around it. If you want, you could always download the seven days free trial to your old present laptop and see if it gets rid of the gremlins 😉 If you decide to do so, be so kind to shoot me a note, pretty please. Last point:
How rough will the laptop be treated?
I mean, I carry mine around from time to time in its upholstered carry bag and take it with me on holidays but if your imagination of travelling with a laptop consists in stuffing it in a backpack and take it on an overland bus trip to India with you, than my Advent wouldn’t survive long.
Yep, I have a cheapish Advent and I am happy with it. After a lot of searching and asking people I bought it two years ago. His full name is Advent 8109. I am very happy with it for what I use it, but as I said it is a bit frail, surely not made for rough overland travels off the beaten path. When travelling it serves as a glorified photo storage/ burn back up dvds cum simple photo editing solution. It allows me to check my email and browse the web, but it is not really comfortable for me to write long texts on it. At home I use it to render fractals, do the raw>jpg development of my photos, upload to the stock agencies I sell my images with etc. For writing I use my dear old failing desktop computer. And my next desktop computer will be a Mac, bank account willing 😉
I don’t know if this all did help you somehow, but I hope so, take care, SY
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