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From: "David P. Novakovic" <davidnovakovic@...>
Subject: Re: Buying an ultraportable
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:38:50 +1000
macbooks start at 1500.. :)   usb hub and external monitor means you
get a good looking laptop and convenience.

David

On 2/16/08, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic <ivan.miljenovic@...> wrote:
> Just so you know, mark_alec said it's OK for me to spam the list with
> this :p
>
> After dragging my 4yo 15" laptop around with me during linux.conf.au
> (and the next week and a half whilst I visited rellies in Victoria),
> I'm wanting to buy a new (ultraportable) laptop, so around the 12"
> range.  As much as I hate to admit this, it looks like the best deal I
> can find is the Dell Vostro 1200 (see attachment for how I've specced
> it out).  The actual laptop is around $1550, with another $200 there to
> buy an external 19" monitor to sit at home.  I'll also get at least 5%
> off the price with the RACQ discount.
>
> So, my questions are these: do people think this is a good laptop?  Is
> it value for money?  Can you think of a better one in the same
> size/pricepoint (I was originally looking at the HP Compaq Presario
> B1246TU, which is $1.8k RRP with only 2 GB of RAM)?  Would I have any
> problems under Gentoo on it (I plan on ditching Vista)?
>
> Also, with the monitor: I plan on buying a docking station at home
> (btw, anyone know of a good one that would work under Gentoo?) and keep
> my external keyboard, tablet and an LCD monitor plugged in to it.  This
> Dell monitor is about $200 extra for a 19" 1440x900.  Is this a good
> deal? Or should I pay an extra $100 on top of that to get a 20"
> 168x1050 + free Sannheiser headset, or forget Dell and get an extra
> monitor from elsewhere? (Note that from a quick google, etc. Dell
> monitors seem to be quite good for their price).
>
> In case you're interested, here are some photos someone posted of this
> lappy:
> http://img245.imageshack.us/my.php?image=vostro1200frontnn8.jpg
> http://img256.imageshack.us/my.php?image=vostro1200keyboardbj3.jpg
>
> It's not the most attractive laptop, but looks OK.  Having the Fn key
> on the left of the Ctrl key could take a bit getting used to,
> though :s  If you go to the laptop's info page, it's also got a "tour":
> http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/vostronb_1200?c=au&l=en&s=bsd&cs=aubsd1
>
> Anyway, to get some of the deals on it (like the free mouse + carry
> bag), I need to order by Monday, and by Thursday for the free RAM
> upgrade, so please tell me what you think!
>
> --
> Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
> Ivan.Miljenovic@...
> IvanMiljenovic.wordpress.com
>

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