[ubuntu-uk] Buying A Laptop

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Thu Nov 15 17:24:47 GMT 2007

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 07:54 +0000, Kris Douglas wrote:
>> On 14/11/2007, Russell Green <russell.green.07 at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>         Hey guys,
>>         I'm in the process of buying a new laptop for when I'm not at
>>         home, it will
>>         ofcouse be running ubuntu.I have a price range of 500 GBP and
>>         body got any
>>         suggestions or any advice or any laptops they would
>>         recommend.I don't travel
>>         very much so weight and things like that isn't important.I'm
>>         just trying to
>>         get as powerful a laptop I can for that kind of price.
>>         Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. 
>>         Thanks,
>>         Russell
>> Hi, have a look at some of the Dell laptops, I'm using one of those
>> and they are a sound piece of hardware.
>> They're all at
>> http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=uk&amp;l=en&amp;s=gen
> I'll second that, I purchased an Inspiron 6400n about a month ago, with
> Ubuntu Feisty pre-installed.
> The spec is as follows:
> Inspiron 6400 N-Series Dual Core Processor T2080 (1.73 GHz 533 MHz FSB 1
> MB L2 cache)
> Wide Sreen 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Display with TrueLife
> Memory Dual-Channel 1024MB (2x512) 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM
> Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM)
> DVD+/-RW (Read/Write) 8X Fixed Internal
> Battery Primary 9 cell 85W/HR LI-ION
> Graphics Card Intel Media Accelerator 950 Up to 256MB of shared Memory
> for N-Series with TV and S-Video Output (supports Compiz)
> UK Modem Cable and Adapter Internal V.92 Data, Fax, Voice Functions
> Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Dual Core
> Processor)
> UK/Irish Internal Keyboard (QWERTY)
> All for £464.12 including VAT and Delivery
> The only issue I've had so far is with the S-Video out on the graphics
> card (not very important to me really) and my only complaint is that it
> doesn't have bluetooth built in.
> The battery life is excellent (I'm off to swindon from Kent by coach
> today and the battery should last me the whole 6 hours of coach travel
> including the 1hr 10m stopover at Victoria today and on Sunday night on
> my way home!).  It still amazes me that the battery can be showing as
> 10% when there's 2hrs left!
> Hope this is of some help,
> Matt.

That's a great battery life.  I'm lucky if I get 3 hours on my Dell laptop.


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