Re: Laptop specifications

Subject: Re: Laptop specifications
From: "Barry Campbell" <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Ubax Ahmed" <ubaxha -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 06:31:35 -0500

On 11/6/06, Ubax Ahmed <ubaxha -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I am shopping around for a laptop. Other than the normal personal usage, I
would like to do some freelance web development work. Can I get suggestions
as to what I should look for when shopping for a laptop. i.e brand
comparisons how they stack up against one another. RAM etc

I prefer Apple MacBook (or MacBook Pro) laptops, especially since I
can run my choice of operating systems on them (Mac OS X, Windows XP,
or basically any Linux flavor); on the PC side, I have had very good
luck over the years with Hewlett-Packard products.

Whatever you choose, buy all the RAM that you can afford; at least
1GB, or preferably 2GB or even more, especially if you buy a machine
that you intend to run Windows Vista on, and especially if your
"freelance web development work" will involve heavy manipulation of

It is often cheaper to purchase a stock configuration from the
manufacturer and add the RAM yourself later; I saved $300 by adding
third-party RAM to my MacBook (Apple wanted to charge $500 for 2GB of
notebook RAM, whereas excellent quality RAM was available from many
vendors for about $200.)

Many but not all laptops these days have a hardware configuration that
makes installing your own RAM relatively easy (on my MacBook, I had to
remove the battery, four screws, and a bracket; on my wife's HP
laptop, we just had to remove two screws and pop a little door open on
the bottom of the machine.)

There are many review sites on the Web; for laptops that will be used
for business applications, you could do worse than eWeek's:

- bc

Barry Campbell -- <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com>

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