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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