I am looking to buy a laptop, and need some advice. Right now I am running a Sony Vaio VGN-TX1XP – a small form-factor laptop, that has served me pretty well. That was, until a few months back. An hour before I left for the airport to the UDS, the keyboard stopped working. This resulted in me buying a stupid external keyboard and carrying it round with me. You can see the size of the laptop and its ridiculous external keyboard here:
I quite like this smaller size of laptop, I can put it in my little Ubuntu over-the-shoulder bag. But, this keyboard is doing my head in, so I am thinking of alternatives.
So, this is what I absolutely want in a laptop:
- Small form-factor, sturdy.
- Dual core, good amount of RAM so I can run virtual machines fine.
- Very good battery life – I am happy to buy a fat 5-hour battery pack.
- Decent 3D performance – a decent Intel card would be preferred so I can run the free drivers, otherwise no preference.
- Large hard drive – at least 100GB.
- Two USB ports, Firewire, external VGA that works with a projector.
And a few nice things, not essential, but nice:
- Hardware buttons for volume up/down.
- Built-in webcam.
- Built-in mic.
- Built-in keyboard light.
- Built-in SD card slot.
Naturally I would want all of the hardware to be supported in Linux, specifically Ubuntu – and this includes things like the Firewire port.
I would like to get this for no more than Â£800 if possible.
Some of you may suggest the EEEPC, but having used it, it is not quite as powerful as I want, and the projector support will be a problem due to its strange resolution. If I could get a more powerful EEPC with a normal screen resolution, and a little bit bigger, that would be perfect. Then again, that would be my current Vaio.
Of course, if someone from a laptop vendor wants to donate me a laptop, I am not going to hold you back.