i am looking for a laptop that is suitable for my development purposes. i should be able to run some server softwares and parallel run my moderate heavy IDEs such as Eclipse or Visual Studios. Should also allow me to watch some movies.
if guys can recommend me some good models that you have comeacross or experienced with, please share with me and please share any key features that i should be looking into.
For dev* work, I've used Dell Latitude D600 series, Compaq EVO (N160, N800), Acer TravelMate 2434 and IBM / Lenovo T22, T23 (SXGA+) and T42p.
Things I've learned:
How much memory do you need? More. Run a 64-bit OS if you can.
On that note, discrete video is your friend. You don't care what it is. Just make sure it's discrete and not UMA/SMA.
Screen real estate is critical. For using the laptop as is, you want the highest resolution you can get without going price bonkers: SXGA+/1400-1050 for standard or WUXGA/1920/1200 for wide.
For dual monitor, a docking station makes running dual monitors easier. If you run a single widescreen monitor (also at least WUXGA, but larger dimension: like 22" minimum), you don't need a docking station for the monitor if the laptop has the appropriate output.
I always wish my hard drive was faster (don;t we all?). If I had a choice I would go for 7200RPM or $olid$tate ($$$).
*dev work: Started with java applets, then full blown J2EE, then ASP.NET, then LAMP, now its Java with Eclipse and DB2.
Ok, recommendations, if you are wont to value screen size over anything else, then:
MSI GX700 -- comes in 17in screen with either WSXGA+ or WUXGA and you can get the WUXGA at right under $1500.
HP 8710w -- also has the option for WSXGA+ or WUXGA
Dell Precision M4300 / M4400 (see if you can get a good deal)
Sager NP2096 / Compal JHL90 (WSXGA+)
HP 8510W -- The 15.4 inch version of the 8710W
Lenovo T61 (WSXGA+)
Lenovo W500 (WSXGA+ or WUXGA)
I didn't see anything from Sony that beats features of above at the given price range.