Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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I gave up on laptops years ago
by rklrkl on Wed 28th Mar 2012 08:39 UTC
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I think laptops have a bit of an issue myself - they can work as a complete desktop replacement (i.e. hook to external monitor, keyboard and mouse like I did with an Acer laptop for a year), but really don't work in any other function, IMHO.

They are too bulky to take on trips and aren't as powerful as a desktop of the equivalent price, This is why, despite having a smartphone, tablet and laptop, the two machines that get the most use for me are my 6-core AMD desktop (with SSD and 12GB RAM, 4TB hard disk, 24" monitor) and my trusty old Dell Mini 9 (which I souped up with a better SSD and more RAM). The desktop is for crunching stuff and the netbook is for browsing (and some work) and the combo beats laptops hands down IMHO.

Of course, it helps that Linux makes it easy to ssh/remote X from the Mini 9 to the desktop should I need the extra speed. The fact I can just take the Mini 9 into work is a bonus too - I wouldn't do that with my home laptop, that's for sure.

Edited 2012-03-28 08:41 UTC

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