OK. I am back and will clarify all.
So, I use dell latitudes and precisions. They are easy to work on and you can do most upgrades without tearing into it too much.
I used to buy whatever and then in 2010 a $700 Acer turned into a $700 pile of junk in 3 months.
Since then I have been buying off lease business class dells. I picked up an inspiron from microcenter at one time and found it to be a piece of junk.
I try to buy high end, but three or even 4 years old off ebay with the Win 7 64 bit pro version coa.
From my understanding of the law the license/coa goes with the hardware/laptop.
Preferably one with a good video card, since I often have a lot of pictures and maps up and I find that my performance suffers. Or suffered on my older E6400 with a T9900. Not here to argue or ask about this kind of stuff stuff. It's just what I do and will continue to do. I want a fast stable system that isn't going to fall apart when I decide to open it up under a car to watch a video on how to fix this or that, or make my office in the middle of a home renovation next to my miter saw. Which is why I bought the ATG.
I started with a D610 I think?? It was a few years ago, which is still functioning, but I gave to a friend. Then the E6400 ATG then an E6420 with a i7-2720QM
and most recently I acquired an M6600 precision with the i7-2720QM from ebay for a good price.
I was looking at the E6530 mentioned above and it looks nice but I wanted the dual hard drives so I could have a back up mirrored hard drive in my laptop.
I have my E6420 on a docking station, hooked up to two monitors and a full keyboard and a logitech gaming mouse. I don't game, but I bought it at first in 2012 because of carpal tunnel, since it was large, but I have kept using it because it has a a full number pad on the side that you can program each key with a different macro and it has three different modes.... So, I can program 36 different macros on this mouse. To say the least it saves some time.
I run a samsung SSD in the E6420. I put an OCZ in the E6400, with two internal 32 gb micro sd cards installed on a mini pci half card, this laptop is really just collecting dust now. . and I have just put a crucial SSD in a precision M6600 and the included 500gb black label western dig 7200rpm, in the secondary position. I have yet to mess with the precision that much, but intend to get a second matching SSD and set them up under what ever raid setting duplicates the drives(still have to learn this skill) . With a third drive in the form of an internal SD card on a mini pci card. This will be set up as my download folder in hopes that this will minimize the risk of infections.
When my seven year old want to play on my primary laptop I have a secondary SSD that has windows installed on it so that he can paly and download what ever he wants without screwing me up. Since the SSD is so light I don't even screw it it. I just swap it out like an old school atari cartridge. Of course I turn it off first.
Not having the most powerful computer I have lots of tweaks and firewall exceptions for industry specific applications.
From the time I get a laptop in the mail to when I faze out my prior laptop is usually a few months because of all the crap I need to tweak.
The purpose of having an exact mirror of the docked computer on the mobile one is that I never want any downtime ever.
I have ADD and I know how to manage it.
If I have a computer issue I will spend all day working to fix it rather than complete my work.
If I do that it takes me three to four days to catch up and I could lose an account and income.
So, the point of it all would be to take my mirrored system with me and leave my original docked.
Does that answer all?
So, now I just had an epiphany... if I bought the exact same spec Dell M6600... Every single thing the same... down to the ram, display and wifi card, mini-pci half card download file... And then changed the Asset tag to the same on both computers... Could I just swap out drives on the fly have it boot up the other machine without any issues?
Since the precision is raid capable I could have the stationary one set up with Raid 1 to mirror the drives.
and then when I swap in the drive to my mobile unit just back up the primary to the secondary in my downtime. With dual SSDs it would be quick.
I would essentially have three back up copies of my system.
But then again I don't know if I'm ready to commit to the M6600. I like the almost full size keyboard and the full number pad, but the thing is monster.
But then again with the carpal tunnel typing on a regular laptop keyboard for a few hours gives me sore hands for a week.
Remember, my goal here is zero downtime and zero fiddling time once I do all my initial installs.