Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:03 PM
Something you need to consider is whether or not you will be mobile with your computer.
If you will not be leaving the house, or at least very seldom, you should consider a "Desktop Replacement". One of the biggest killers of electronics is heat, and notebooks get very hot. The Desktop Replacements appear to do a better Job that the more traditional notebooks. The are much large, sometimes more than twice as big, hence disperse the heat a little better.
The second, but not the only consideration, will be if you go mobile. If you plan to pack the computer you need to know how portable you need it to be. Do you need a sub-notebook with a 10.1" screen that weights in under 1½ kg., or will a slightly bigger notebook meet your needs and still be portable?
I actually had three notebook (When I thought I needed a notebook). A clunky 15.4" Desktop Replacement for the house. A sub-notebook for when I traveled, and a less than Desktop replacement I keep at work for personal work I needed done. I now have a Gateway M400 at work (and for travel) that use away from home and a full desktop computer at home, not a notebook.
No matter which one you go with be sure and spend $20 USD on a notebook cooler. It is a device you sit your computer on and it draws the heat away. Cheap at twice the price. It will greatly increase the life of your computer.
All things being equal I would not have a notebook computer unless it was absolutely necessary.
I hope I have not confused you. Good luck.
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