On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 09:59:15AM -0700, Ken Restivo wrote:
I'm hoping it wasn't just me who recommended asus ... I'm feeling less
certain about that at the moment. I bought a "whitebook" last year.
There are a number of things that make me think I'll just suffer the MS
tax next time around:
-Availability of spare batteries. I haven't been able to find anyone who
carries the particular model of battery I need. Perhaps this is a
general problem with all laptops/notebooks, but certainly more so for
less popular makes/models. If you have the choice at the time of initial
purchase and think there is any chance you might possibly need a spare
in the future, buy that extra battery now.
-the fan on my particular model is particularly noisy. Probably not
something that can be generalized across all models of any given maker.
Maybe there is something I can do wrt to power management, a replacement
fan or one of those external heatsinks that you set the whole notebook
on top of that would help.
-The backlight died 2 days before the box was to be used at LAC for
streaming. I've since learned that this is a fairly common problem for
all notebooks and laptops. But, it seems some models from some makers
have better track records than others.
Not necessarily trying to put you off Asus, either, just some notes to
say your caution isn't necessarily misplaced. Although, it also seems
that in many ways choosing a laptop for linux multimedia work is a
matter of doing your homework, asking questions, making the best
decision you can and then, well ..., just hoping reality mostly matches
up and gnashing your teeth over the ways it doesn't.