On 02/14/2011 11:41 PM, Josh Lawrence wrote:
LOL, Are you serious? I'd rather expect more audio-related constraints
IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad: They got about everything right:
from the inside: hardware IRQ routing: 1394 and at least 1 USB IRQ is
not shared with other devices - some models even allow to re-assign
these in the BIOS: that's great for connecting external audio interfaces
and achieving low latency;
the VGA (or DVI) out works OOTB on GNU/Linux; as does Wifi (double check
options when configuring/buying), suspend/resume; heck it even reports
temperature of the battery and allows to set high/low water-marks for
battery charge cycles.
to the outside: the keyboard and mouse-buttons have a healthy
press-depth and perfectly balanced resistance. There's even water drain
in the keyboard(!), very very robust casing, easily replaceable HDD,
almost no fan noise, etc.
On top of it: they do have low power consumption (long battery life) and
are "green" in terms of environment and recycling. Besides: GNU/Linux
support is amazing: thinkwiki.org
I do like the screen contrast, although the only disadvantage I can
think of is that it's sometimes not bright enough for a green on black
terminal in direct sunlight :) Oh and the built-in speaker (at least on
this X60s and also on the T401) is total crap.
Alas it's not a cheap solution, OTOH it really pays off.
Check the list-archive this is a recurring subject: just a few weeks ago
there was this "Firewire linuxaudio laptops, recomendations?" thread.
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