Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Feb 2007 16:50 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Samsung knows a thing or two about designing notebooks. The Q35 Red that I recently reviewed created quite a stir every time I pulled it out of my bag at CES last month, and the ultra-slim Q30 won over many users who were looking for a machine that was ultra-thin and light. But now the Samsung design team has pushed the boat out and created the new Aura series of notebooks, which look set to go head to head with Apple's ultra-stylish MacBooks."
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RE[2]: Nice try
by Yamin on Thu 22nd Feb 2007 20:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice try"
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

I used to think that way as a normal laptop user. Who needs a dock? what's the point.

Now that I have one at work, I think it's absolutely essential. We only have laptops at work; no workstations Which we plug into the dock when we are at our desk. The dock allows a full size keyboard, mouse, and proper monitor.

When you lug the laptop around to meetings, development lap...it is very handy to quick go from 'laptop mode' to 'work station mode' all the while have the same computer with you.

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RE[3]: Nice try
by meianoite on Thu 22nd Feb 2007 21:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice try"
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

"The dock allows a full size keyboard, mouse, and proper monitor."

Dear Lord... It's 2007!!! Are you stuck in 1994 by any chance? Docking stations made sense then, but have you never heard of USB mice/keyboard and DVI output?

You can get USB hubs and (mini)DVI-to-VGA adapters for a *ridiculous* fraction of the price of a docking station. ANY docking station. And with a USB KVM, it's a small, single piece gadget that won't waste half of your desk whether you intend/need to use your notebook or not.

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RE[4]: Nice try
by th3rmite on Thu 22nd Feb 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice try"
th3rmite Member since:
2006-01-08

"Dear Lord... It's 2007!!! Are you stuck in 1994 by any chance? Docking stations made sense then, but have you never heard of USB mice/keyboard and DVI output? "

Yes because when I sit down at my desk, I want to spend the next 5-10 minutes hooking up all of my cables to my notebook. All I have to do is pop my notebook in the dock, which is loads more aesthetically pleasing and space conscious due to the fact that my screen can sit on top of my notebook.

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RE[3]: Nice try
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 00:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice try"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

When you lug the laptop around to meetings, development lap...it is very handy to quick go from 'laptop mode' to 'work station mode' all the while have the same computer with you.

But you didn't answer the question; WHY?! I'm using my laptop all the time, as a desktop, on the road, and I don't use an external keyboard or mouse or screen; I use the laptop as is, without extras.

What is so hard with that? unpack the laptop, turn it on, hook it up to the power, possibly attach a network cable to it, and voila, thats it; a few hundred bucks saved by not having a docking station.

Sure, back in 1994 laptops were bloody aweful; the stupid stick based pointer, the keyboards were horrific, the speed was crap, and the screen was inhumane torture on the eyes - flash forward 13 years, and the laptop keyboards are lot more confortable, infact I prefer it to a regular keyboard, the screen is simply divine and the touchpad is weird to use at first, but once you've become accustomed to it, its all good.

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RE[4]: Nice try
by dagw on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 15:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice try"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Is it really so hard to imagine that most people prefer a real keyboard to a laptop keyboard and a 20+" screen to a 12-15" screen?

At any rate I think laptop keyboards have gone downhill over the past decade or so. My 286 Toshiba laptop had a much nicer keyboard than my current iBook.

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