[personal profile] spiffikins
I've been thinking about buying a laptop for a while now - my current laptop is a 15 inch Dell that is 9 years old and the video card doesn't stay seated properly inside, so I have to "twist" the keyboard section to pop it back in place and get rid of the wavy lines on the screen. It's also extremely thick and heavy compared to the laptops that are out these days.

My desktop is about 4 years old, and while it's still fine in terms of performance, it's always had an overheating problem that I can't quite figure out. I have a 20 inch LCD monitor, and while that's perfect for surfing the web, anytime I try to do work at home, I immediately wish for a second monitor.

A friend managed to get a really good deal on a new HP laptop in January, but by the time I got to the store, they were out and since then, I've been looking, but haven't found the specs I want at the same price.

Today I got an email about a sale - a laptop with the processor I want, which seems to be harder to find, and the rest of the specs that I want, after free upgrades and 450$ off in coupons is $849. This is the best price I've seen yet with these specs - my friend's was $749 but he didn't get blue ray or a dedicated video card, and he got a 15inch whereas this is a 16 inch. The closest equivalent at BestBuy is $1099, without blueray but with a slightly faster processor in the model I want, and a bigger hard drive.

So I finally did it - I placed the order and my computer will be built by April 13th and should be in my happy hands 5-7 days later.

Now I wait!

HP HDX16t Premium Series customizable Notebook PC NK606AV
– Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
– Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13GHz)
– FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
– FREE Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
– 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
– 16.0" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Infinity Display (1366x768)
– FREE Upgrade to Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
– Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Fluid)
– Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
– No TV Tuner w/remote control
– HP Color Matching Keyboard
– 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
– No Productivity Software
– HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope


Date: 2009-04-04 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomo2k.livejournal.com
I find it disturbing that this laptop is better than the supposedly 'top-line' Dell work gave me last year, and probably costs less than half the price. (Even after our corp discount)
To be fair, I'm now on my third monitor and fourth motherboard... mostly because Dell can't work out what "Works fine on external power, shuts down in 20 minutes on battery" means.

BTW - what's an "HP Color Matching Keyboard"?
Does it mean the keyboard changes colour dependant on mood, or is it just the same colour as the rest of the case?

I just bought myself a 1TB external HDD.
Next step is to get a tiny PC (maybe 'Fit PC') to use as a fileserver. And probably a Fit-PC2 to plug into the telly.

Re: Cool.

Date: 2009-04-04 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiffikins.livejournal.com
Although the mood ring keyboard would be cool I'm pretty sure it just means it matches the case - it was one of those "features" that you didn't really get any choice in accepting.

This isn't even the top of the line model - they have a model with quad-core processors and 6 gigs of ram, plus you can bump up the nvidia card's ram to a full gig and put in a 7200 rpm drive - it starts to creep into the $2000 laptop price range then though.

What kind of external HDD do you have? I'm thinking of getting one as well, and wonder if it's fast enough to actually access the files and use them from the external drive (music files mostly) or if it really is just an archive/backup tool?

Re: Cool.

Date: 2009-04-04 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomo2k.livejournal.com
It's a Toshiba USB2.0 model - got a single SATA Western Digital 1TB inside.

I've no idea if it's really fast enough to stream video into/out of, but it should be plenty quick enough for audio.

I'll let you know what it'll handle when it arrives - it shipped today, supposed to arrive on Thursday.

And our survey says....

Date: 2009-04-08 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomo2k.livejournal.com
It's more than fast enough.

Audio files play perfectly, and so does mid-quality video.
(MPEG2 video at 1060kbps with MP3 audio stream at 115kps)

USB2.0 is indeed fast enough to use the drive as a 'normal' one.

Just for the heck of it I tried playing two videos at the same time, and it coped just fine.

However, I did find that it is quite difficult to watch two different Doctor Who episodes simultaneously. This is despite having two monitors!

Re: And our survey says....

Date: 2009-04-09 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiffikins.livejournal.com

thanks for letting me know - I'm glad to hear it!


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