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    Senior Member Brak's Avatar
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    All powerbook & ibooks have dvi out, I believe.

    Just make sure of a couple of things when getting a laptop:
    1. Get the extended warranty
    2. Make sure it's not sharing video memory with main memory
    3. Get the extended warranty

    Besides that, I'd say go with it. An external monitor is a must if you're designing, but a laptop will give you the flexibility you need/want.
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    Didnt see that you were considering an ibook.. yea i highly reccomend anything from apple. Their ibooks are an excellent value and would suite you needs perfectly. I am still waiting for the powerbooks to go G5 befor I get one myself.


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    Note rumor has it the iBook product line will be updated very soon so you shouldn't buy one right now.
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    I have a wide screen laptop, soooo rocks

    really helps for web editing imho. you can have toolbar + full design layout (or normal window and trillian lol)
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    At work I have a Dell Inspiron 9300. It has the equivalent of a 24" LCD in the space of a 17" (1920 x 1200). It makes coding in Java so much better with Eclipse with all that screen space. It makes up for it by having 1.5 hours of battery life and making me breathe heavily when I haul it up two flights of stairs or in a backpack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by filburt1
    It makes up for it by having 1.5 hours of battery life and making me breathe heavily when I haul it up two flights of stairs or in a backpack.
    Dude, just LOOK at your avatar! You NEED the exercise!
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    Most of the things that I wanted to say have been said already...

    Up until January 2003 I was quite anti-laptops... I thought they were vastly inferior to desktop PCs and could not see the benefit if the majority of the time you were working at home or somewhere that a desktop PC would be an option...

    However in January 2003 I was sent to work in Munich, Germany, and after a few days I got bored and discovered that the hotel rented out laptops for a fairly small sum. So I hired one. It was a revelation! *see proviso below

    The ability to stick your PC in a rucksack and take it down the road, plug it in and continue where you left off... and when away on business to be able to take it with you... the floppy disk manufacturers must have sighed loudly when laptops really took off... "we're not needed anymore" ;-)

    If there are any downsides then it would have to be the small keyboard, lack of a mouse and monitor but as has been said earlier all these can be resolved. My current laptop (which I bought soon after I got back from Munich) does not have PS2 ports but it does have USB so I have a USB mouse. If I wanted I could have a USB keyboard, though I am fine with the built-in one, and I can plug the laptop into a monitor if I wish to... as somebody said earlier this could be useful if you don't trust the colour rendering on the TFT.

    In the past the big disadvantages of laptops were...
    a) Display. Well, in recent years the displays on laptops have become pretty much as good as on desktops.
    b) Expansion capability. Again, in recent years things have moved on apace with regard to expansion. USB, PCMCIA and similar have ensured that even if there is not space within the laptop to expand there are cost-effective options when it comes to external hard drives, dvd-writers, tv cards etc. etc.
    c) Cost of repairs. Well, I think that with the price of laptops rock-bottom these days as long as the laptop lasts 2-3 years then it's probably time to buy another anyway!
    d) Lack of keyboard and mouse. As I said above both can be installed via USB (or PS2 if it has it) if required. I, personally, feel a mouse to be essential whereas the keyboard I can live with. Others love the "glidepad"... horses for courses, I say ;-)

    As for apple or windows I would go for OS-X any day over windows. The .NET framework plans make it rather harder to do this - that was, of course, Micro$oft's cunning plan when they came up with the thing. You might wish to look at how the Mono project is progressing and whether there is a more platform-independent way to test your .NET applications. It is not an area in which I have any experience.

    An alternative is to do what I have done which is buy a Windows laptop and dual-boot into Linux. I rarely boot into windows these days, however, except using a virtual machine within Linux... I just don't like the poor performance, the bloated applications and the lack of a decent shell. Cygwin helps, that said... Windows with Cygwin *almost* becomes a real OS ;-)

    Sean

    *... it was a revelation, QWERTZ keyboard excepted. Who, exactly, told the French and Germans they could design their own keyboard layouts? QWERTZ and AZERTY? Interestingly, if you are used to the good old QWERTY keyboard and you type on a German one you start to sound distinctly German... every Y becomes a Z and every Z becomes a Y... so zou tzpe as zou would have done before and zet there is something zou notice is different... nothing to do but go to the yoo and look at some yebras methinks, rofl...

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    I had something against laptops until recently. Then I realised how brilliant it would be to have one, and how much it annoys me at the moment being stuck to a table.

    I want to be able to sit out on the steps of the school or wander around the park (covered with Wi-Fi) or sit in any of the many hidden away places that the campus has. I don't want to be stuck in one room with a hundred people (deemed the "computer lab") to do all my computer work.

    I also have a problem with using a mouse and keyboard that so many other hands have graced... Egh...

    I can't deal with the damn touchpad navigation. It's horrible (or I'm terrible at using it). I'll definitely get a USB mouse; I could just keep the old one and not sell it with the rest of my PC I guess.

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    Get the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Mouse. The receiver is USB and snaps into the bottom of the mouse itself.
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