Re: Laptop for graphics, writing and fun

Subject: Re: Laptop for graphics, writing and fun
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 08:30:27 +0530

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:21 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin
<Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> On the third hand, this would be a private machine for working from home
> (I normally work at the employer's office using their supplied Windows
> XP-Pro 64 desktop machine) or while traveling, and for recreation... for
> _me_... so having a Mac instead of a Windows laptop (that she's
> accustomed to) would lessen the likelihood of Dear Wife taking over the
> new pride-and-joy.

What about Ubuntu Linux (you did mention Compiz)? Isn't that daunting
enough to lessen the chances of take-over? :-)

> DELL Laptop descriptions refer to Core 2 Duo, but don't mention Centrino
> 2.
> What does one want in a laptop for the best blend of power versus
> battery life?
> My understanding is that Centrino 2 combines the processor and other
> elements to optimize portable performance, so Core 2 Duo is just the
> processor flavor (covering a line of speeds), but not necessarily
> integrated as thoroughly as when it's Centrino-ized. What am I missing
> here, when I try to comparison-shop DELL laptop offerings against HP
> laptop offerings? I feel that I'm just one or two smidgens of
> information short of being able to make a confident choice. Not that
> there's a rush, but we have to start somewhere.

Apparently (from some forum posts), if you order an Intel WiFi with
one of the newer C2D processors, you have Centrino 2 - but I don't
think it's that simple. Tom's Hardware has a review -,1969-2.html -
which may help gain better insight into Centrino 2. They do mention
that the GM45 chipset enables switchable graphics (swap between the
built-in graphics core or discrete GPU without rebooting).


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