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Re: OT: laptop recomendations

2009/1/1 Kamaraju S Kusumanchi <raju.mailinglists@gmail.com>:
>> I'm happy with my Dell Inspiron E1505.  My roommate is happy with his more
>> recent laptop purchase from Dell.  My other roommate likes his Thinkpad,
>> but it is a much older system, so I can't say that reflects the quality of
>> current Thinkpads.
> I own a Dell Inspiron E1505. I do not recommend it. Get something else
> (preferably non-Dell).
> I always have problems with their batteries, video card. No matter how many
> times I replace the batteries, they seem to go bad after some time. I
> replaced the battery 3 times. After 3-4 months the battery life will be
> reduced to less than 1 hour and then after some time, they just don't work.

I have not experienced the issue, but I can add that the standard
six-cell battery is good for no more than an hour and a half of usage
with Compiz and Wifi enabled.

> As for the video card, if I play a flash based movie in windows XP, there
> will be a "blue screen memory map" error after some time. FWIW, the movies
> work fine in Linux. I searched in google for this and found that the video
> cards in Dell Inspiron E1505 are defective.

Which video card do you have? The ATI x1400 in this card was a pain in
the beginning, but now that ATI supports Linux it is great. I am very
happy with the video performance.

> In general, I think Dell's hardware is unreliable. They work fine initially.
> But after 1 year or so, things start to fall apart. This is if you plan to
> use laptop intensively (say 8-10 hours a day). But if you just use it for
> 1-2 hours a day, then it's life might be more.

I use the laptop at _least_ eight hours a day! I can confirm that
things do fall apart: I have had to tighten the clamshell screws
several times, there is a dead vertical vector on the LCD matrix, the
rubber shoes were all falling out after only a month, and other little
things that add up. The CD-ROM drive, fan, and hard drive are very
noisy. Oh, and on battery the hard drive spin up and spin down cycles
are maddening.

Dotan Cohen



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