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Looking to buy a new laptop

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For a while my wife and I have shared my current laptop (Dell Inspiron
6000D), and it's worked out ok. However, lately she's kind of caught
the bug and finally started getting a feel for all the wonderful
things she can do on a computer from getting some of her office tasks
done at home to processing and publishing all those digital photos and
videos we've taken over the years. As such, she's begun monopolizing
the laptop a bit, to the point where it's basically her PC now. I
still have my desktop, which is a very strong machine, but I still
frequently need the mobility of a laptop.

That said, I was wondering what some of you folks are using and what
recommendations you may have for a .Net developer on the go. Following
are some of the requirements/preferences I would have:

- Must run Visual Studio 2008 and run it well (or as well as can be
expected :P )
- Must excel at running Microsoft virtual PC environments
- While a 15" screen wouldn't be completely out of the question, I
need something I can carry along to developer events, seminars,
training, etc. without getting a hernia. I've considered going as
small as 13.3" for sheer portability, but I'm thinking 14.1" might be
the best balance between portability and comfortable viewing/suitable
development IDE real estate.
- Must have an express card slot (for broadband internet access card,
eSATA card, etc.)
- Long battery life would certainly be a bonus, but I will likely
often be tethered to an external HDD, so that's not quite as important
to me as it might be for some.
- *Must* be affordable. Price is a definite issue on this one.
- Light to moderate gaming would be a nice bonus, but I don't have any
expectations in that area.

I primarily do VB.Net, C#, ASP.Net and SQL Server development.

Would anyone care to offer up any tips or insight you might have?
Maybe even brag about that laptop that serves *you* so well in your
application development efforts? As it stands, I'm looking at some of
the offerings from Dell (XPS 1330 and the 14.1" display version) and
HP.

Thanks!

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Richard Carpenter
Apr 7 '08 #1
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Just one suggestion: A wide screen, 1200x800 pixels or thereabouts, is very
convenient and a good compromise.

Apr 7 '08 #2

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On Apr 7, 6:33*pm, "Michael A. Covington"
<l...@ai.uga.edu.for.addresswrote:
Just one suggestion: *A wide screen, 1200x800 pixels or thereabouts, is very
convenient and a good compromise.
Yeah, I forgot to mention that widescreen is a requirement. Thanks!

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Richard Carpenter
Apr 8 '08 #3

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On Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:15:25 -0700, Richard Carpenter
<ru*******@hotmail.comwrote:
[...]
Would anyone care to offer up any tips or insight you might have?
Maybe even brag about that laptop that serves *you* so well in your
application development efforts? As it stands, I'm looking at some of
the offerings from Dell (XPS 1330 and the 14.1" display version) and
HP.
Practically any modern laptop should handle .NET coding and testing
without any trouble at all. When I started out, I was using a Pentium
III, 500Mhz laptop. It was a bit sluggish, but it ran SQL Express and
Visual Studio, and the performance of compiled applications was fine.

Given some of your other criteria, you might want to make sure that the
laptop has the Core 2 Duo CPU and gaming-quality video. I personally like
the higher resolution screens (my previous laptop was 1600x1200, which was
very nice), but the laptop I use now (MacBook Pro 15") has a lower
resolution screen (1440x900) and while it's a little cramped, it still
works fine.

Other than that, I think you would have to go out of your way to get a
laptop that doesn't handle .NET development suitably. Any of the latest
computers should be fine.

Pete
Apr 8 '08 #4

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On Apr 7, 5:15*pm, Richard Carpenter <rumble...@hotmail.comwrote:
For a while my wife and I have shared my current laptop (Dell Inspiron
6000D), and it's worked out ok. However, lately she's kind of caught
the bug and finally started getting a feel for all the wonderful
things she can do on a computer from getting some of her office tasks
done at home to processing and publishing all those digital photos and
videos we've taken over the years. As such, she's begun monopolizing
the laptop a bit, to the point where it's basically her PC now. I
still have my desktop, which is a very strong machine, but I still
frequently need the mobility of a laptop.

That said, I was wondering what some of you folks are using and what
recommendations you may have for a .Net developer on the go. Following
are some of the requirements/preferences I would have:

- Must run Visual Studio 2008 and run it well (or as well as can be
expected :P )
- Must excel at running Microsoft virtual PC environments
- While a 15" screen wouldn't be completely out of the question, I
need something I can carry along to developer events, seminars,
training, etc. without getting a hernia. I've considered going as
small as 13.3" for sheer portability, but I'm thinking 14.1" might be
the best balance between portability and comfortable viewing/suitable
development IDE real estate.
- Must have an express card slot (for broadband internet access card,
eSATA card, etc.)
- Long battery life would certainly be a bonus, but I will likely
often be tethered to an external HDD, so that's not quite as important
to me as it might be for some.
- *Must* be affordable. Price is a definite issue on this one.
- Light to moderate gaming would be a nice bonus, but I don't have any
expectations in that area.

I primarily do VB.Net, C#, ASP.Net and SQL Server development.

Would anyone care to offer up any tips or insight you might have?
Maybe even brag about that laptop that serves *you* so well in your
application development efforts? As it stands, I'm looking at some of
the offerings from Dell (XPS 1330 and the 14.1" display version) and
HP.

Thanks!

--
Richard Carpenter
I got an Apple :)
Apr 8 '08 #5

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