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Re: Laptop recomendation?

On Sat, 1 Jan 2005 11:51:16 +1100 (EST), Mark M <markrmau@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> Hi, Apologies if this is OT.
> I have never bought a laptop before and was hoping for some
> recomendations.

I personally like dell, though I don't know how they in general are
suited for running linux. I'm having a few problems on this dell
laptop, like soundcard and cd-rom not working.

> I am hoping for advice on the following:
> 2. Reliability - I will be driving around for a total of 1hr per day
> with the laptop on my back on a motor cycle, and get a 3 year warranty.
> Are any particular brands better? Sony? Toshiba?

Dell seems to have quite good deals, if you are willing to pay.

> 3. Battery life: I am hoping to use the laptop for 2 things: 1. video
> editing/dvd burning from camera with firewire. 2. Using on longdistance
> flights (but not video editing). I guess for video/burning dvd's I want
> a fast processor eg the pentium M 3GHz. But for extended battery life I
> want a slower low power processor.

I'd recommend a Centrino. It's made to have a long battery life and
run on a low clock speed, but still remaining fast.

> So my question is: can I improve battery life on say a 3GHz pentium M
> by slowing down the clockspeed in BIOS to say 1GHz or 500MHz?

Of course. Just be sure to get one with speedstep.

Regards, Alexander Toresson

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