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Guni
Mar 11, 2010


Found a few spelling mistakes - thread looks great otherwise.


Hadlock posted:

The old Laptop megathread was getting long in tooth, so here is a new one. Here are a couple of key points


Apple

This effectively limits their lifespan as once the battery dies, it is non-replacable and your five hour battery life is now 30 minutes. Non-standard parts means that replacing or updating your hard drive is going to cost a fortune and replacement parts on the go will never happen for you. If any part of your laptop fails for any reason, you are lookingat a mandatory RMA for the entire unit, there are no user-servicable parts on Macs anymore.

Laptop parts:

Intel or AMD?
Intel. AMD is trying to stay relevant in the mobile market, but Intel processors are 1.5 generations ahead of AMD across the board. This means an Intel processor gives youu better performance with less heat and more battery life.

The great resolution debate?
For whatever reason, budget laptops settled on 1024x768, and when widescreen became common, 1366x768 and has stagnated here for years despite buisness laptops having resolutions as high as 1600x1200 (1.92MP) in the early 2000s. Nowadays you pay a premium for 1920x1080 (2.07MP)... when you can find it.

Generally, for typical content consumption, 1366x768 is acceptable, especially for things like Netflix, web browsing, facebook, takinc classroom notes, etc. Windows 8 in particular seems optimized for consumers using this resolution.






E: Re-reading, I don't really understand this:

Hadlock posted:

"SSD is a catch-all term for rotational (classic, mechanical) hard drive format drives using solid state technology."
It seems to imply (to me at least) that SSD's refer to all hard drives, even spinning drives?

Guni fucked around with this message at 04:03 on Jun 3, 2013

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