[LAU] buying a new laptop

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To: linux audio users <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 6:48 am

Hi

My laptop was dropped, and if it's beyond repair, I need a new one
quickly. I would appreciate a few (preferrably hands-on experiences or)
advices to this end, here are a few thoughts:

1) It should of course work as flawless with linux as possible (I run arch)

2) I have an edirol fa66 firewire soundcard that I'm quite happy with.
Problem is, it seems laptops with firewire are hard to find. I could get
an usb soundcard, but I have the feeling that it's not gonna perform as
well (low latency, stability) as firewire, it that correct? Plus it's
annoying to throw away (or sell) a perfectly good, stable soundcard that
suits my needs, just because of the port type...

3) I would prefer a small (<= 13") light-weight, long-battery-life laptop.

4) I actually don't really need that much cpu power. I have a 2Ghz
dual-core intel (T7250, whatever that means) now, that's more than
enough. It's the first dual core I owned, and I had the feeling the two
cores provides a snappier feeling, would others agree? Besides that I
don't need the speed I have now.

Options (I can think of):

I saw a secondhand ThinkPad X61s (dual-core 1.6Ghz, 3Gb ram, 12"
display) from a well known online shop I trust and used many times
(bought my current laptop there). There's 6 months warrenty, and my
general impression with ThinkPads is that they have good build quality,
it's the only laptop I would consider buying used. It has firewire so...

Go the netbook route. I'm at a loss here, all these new processors, both
the i-series and the atom (N-series), I have no idea how well they
perform. I tried a few from friends, and they seem fast enough. Anyone
here making music on a netbook? This would most certainly mean I would
have to get a usb soundcard, hmmm :-(

Any inputs would be greatly appreciated :-)

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Atte

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[LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Wed Aug 31, 6:48 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Christian Einfeldt, (Tue Sep 6, 3:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Tue Sep 6, 5:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, jim, (Tue Sep 6, 3:44 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, andy baxter, (Fri Sep 2, 8:37 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Thu Sep 8, 8:19 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, andy baxter, (Thu Sep 8, 9:15 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Thu Sep 8, 9:40 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Sun Sep 11, 12:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Diego Simak, (Thu Sep 8, 10:50 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, andy baxter, (Thu Sep 8, 6:04 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Clemens Ladisch, (Fri Sep 9, 8:30 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Diego Simak, (Thu Sep 8, 8:41 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Fri Sep 9, 6:50 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Thu Sep 8, 4:13 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Diego Simak, (Thu Sep 8, 5:42 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, yvan volochine, (Fri Sep 2, 12:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Harry van Haaren, (Fri Sep 2, 1:08 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Jeremy Jongepier, (Fri Sep 2, 12:23 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Chris Cannam, (Mon Sep 5, 9:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Jeremy Jongepier, (Tue Sep 6, 10:01 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Chris Cannam, (Tue Sep 6, 10:05 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, rosea grammostola, (Fri Sep 2, 2:21 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Ken Restivo, (Sun Sep 4, 12:49 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Josh Lawrence, (Tue Sep 6, 6:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Joel Roth, (Sun Sep 4, 6:59 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Philipp Überbacher, (Mon Sep 5, 7:08 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Mon Sep 5, 9:11 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Philipp Überbacher, (Mon Sep 5, 9:25 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Mon Sep 5, 9:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Sun Sep 4, 1:12 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Ken Restivo, (Sat Sep 10, 8:18 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Hartmut Noack, (Wed Aug 31, 11:44 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Paul Remmers, (Wed Aug 31, 11:57 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Wed Aug 31, 7:09 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Jeremy Jongepier, (Fri Sep 2, 2:31 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Arnold Krille, (Wed Aug 31, 7:50 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, Atte André Jensen, (Wed Aug 31, 7:32 am)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, tee, (Fri Sep 2, 4:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] buying a new laptop, david, (Wed Aug 31, 5:51 pm)