In a few weeks I hope to buy a laptop.
Shockingly, I am not interested in a laptop for gaming (as I have plenty of other computers to game on) but rather simply typing up some documents, surfing the Internet, maybe watching some movies, and coding (just some light PHP/XML/other web design scripting and some C++).
As I am not interested in gaming, the graphics card doesn't matter for me soo much. Also, I am only looking at about ~ $1000 as the demands for what I need this laptop for aren't so demanding, with the most demanding being compiling code that I just typed. As for laptop brands, the brand I support the most is Acer. As my LCds from them are reliable, they've been around for quite a while, more likely to support linux, etc....
A quick search on NewEgg revealed this laptop - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115173
Heres my opinion on each of the different parts, so you can see what I'm after
CPU (Athlon 64 3000+ Mobile) - good, shouldn't have any problems with that for my uses.
Chipset (VIA K8N800) - VIA open sourciezed their drivers and have good Linux support so I shouldnt have any problems throwing away the included XP pro to throw on Linux.
Screen Size (15.0) - I suppose its good enough, would be nice if I could find a similar 15.4, but 15 should do fine and save a bit on battery consumption.
Graphics (S3 Unichrome) - Not for gaming but should be fine for just doing general stuff like what I mentioned above.
HDD (80GB) - should be plenty of space
Memory (512MB) - It should be sufficent for the time being considering how well Linux scales on all types of hardware, including memory. I'll prolly throw in a GB at a later time
DVD±R/RW - Nice for reading my DVD distros, the burner is nice but I probably wont use it a whole lot as I simply network most of my stuff on my server if I need to get it to somebody
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g wireless LAN - Nice wireless LAN but knowing myself I'll prolly end up throwing in a second 802.11g wireless adapter, to help me out in some situations on the road.
And of course ill keep it up to date with fedora
I think thats about it for that information regarding that specific laptop. It looks really good to me for only $900 for my uses, the only downsides is the graphics adapter and the screen could be marginally larger.
If anyone has any suggestions at all regarding good laptops, etc.... I'd love to hear them. Thanks. If you choose a laptop I prefer it be from newegg.com simply because its easy and I purchase all my hardware from there.