Laptop Recommendations

Marcel Grünauer gr at
Wed Nov 28 14:09:52 GMT 2007

On Nov 28, 2007, at 2:34 PM, Nigel Rantor wrote:

> Had a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T6[01] and the newer models also  
> seem to have some teething problems. Also, they look like a Kwik- 
> Save cashier in comparison with the Vaio....

I needed to buy a laptop as well, and most laptops don't support  
Linux very well. Linux on the desktop is ok, but for laptops you'll  
find lots of pages saying "It worked perfectly! The only things that  
aren't supported are sound and sleep mode - but there are patches and  
you just need to recompile the kernel, blah blah blah".

So basically it boiled down to the ThinkPad T61 and a MacBook. In the  
end I got the MacBook (13.3", 2GB RAM, 160GB HD), for several reasons:

a) I'm used to Mac OS X

b) there was a special where if you're a student or work at a  
University and get a Mac + iPod, you'll get a EUR 130,- rebate

c) even without the rebate the MacBook would have been less  
expensive, for comparable specs

d) the battery life is really good (not the measly 2 hours you get  
with other laptops)

e) it just works

And I'm very happy with the MacBook so far.

The ThinkPad got, IMO, these advantages over the MacBook:

a) You can add a second battery at the back

b) no optical drive (I really don't need one in a laptop, always use  
the desktop's DVD drive to rip, mix and burn)

c) hence, lighter

Not sure how your requirement of 3G fits in with this, but I'd be  
surprised if it didn't work on the MacBook.

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