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August 22, 2011 2:42:53 PM

Hi,

I live in Europe and I cannot decide and find an appropriate laptop. I am looking for 11.6 or similiar with at least i5 CPU(preferably 2nd generation) with 250GB and above harddisk.

I don't want Mac. I want something thin and light which won't heat a lot and won't generate so much noise.
Any recommendations?

I have seen Acer 1830T with i5 but it has been already year ago and I hesitate if it is a good buy or not.
http://www.amazon.de/Acer-Aspire-TimelineX-1830T-5434G3...

Regards,

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a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 4:36:31 PM

When you say you want a i5 Sandy Bridge CPU - are you wanting the full power model?

That Acer 1830T you linked had a Core i5 430UM (1,2GHz) which is a low power Ultra Low Voltage CPU.
August 22, 2011 4:51:45 PM

I don't mind if it is full voltage or low voltage as long as it doesn't get hot and cause noise. I will upgrade it to 8GB, run triple boot OS(Windows 7, Ubuntu and another linux distribution). On Windows, I will be running Vmware and few OS simultaneously inside.

I really want something light and thin, preferably 11.6 and not larger than 13.3. As I need space for several operating systems so my preference will not be SSD.

Any advice and recommendation?
Thanks
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 5:12:59 PM

Cisco7970Cisco said:
will be running Vmware and few OS simultaneously inside.
Any advice and recommendation?
You probably want to stay away from the ULV type CPUs. The run cool, yes, but they probably don't have the power for multi VM ops.
August 22, 2011 5:29:16 PM

This is what I was afraid of, not because I don't like Lenovo, it is because it is so expensive in my country.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 4291 - Core i5 2520M 2.5 GHz - 12.5" TFT
4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max.) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1333 MHz - PC3-10600 ( 2 x 2 GB )
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 tpm

1300 euro which is equilvalent to 1869$ (USD).

Any alternatives? I don't want Mac. I don't like Samsung, Packard Bell, Fujitsu, Toshiba.

Sony got hacked so mixed emotions. Asus is the one I am emotionally connected but I read that U36SD gets hot. Acer is second option.

Any other advice?
Thank you.
a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 5:36:45 PM

Get something with similar specs in the 14" models where the price drops off. Thin & light is expensive.
Dell Latitude E6420, Lenovo Thinkpad T420 or T420s, HP Elitebook
Any of the business models is going to be a better choice over time than the Acer's IMO.
I'd much rather have a 1600x900 LCD screen than save an extra half kilo in weight.
a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 5:40:39 PM

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Review might be a bit more budget friendly - but it's actually a consumer model instead of a real business class machine.
August 22, 2011 5:40:53 PM

I don't like Dell. HP has announced that they stop to produce consumer PC's so I don't want HP. I really want something light and small. 14" is too large. I want to carry the laptop with me to everywhere.

What about AMD E-350? Asus has 1215B/N, I know I said i5 but do you think it is powerfull enough?

Thanks

a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 5:44:30 PM

HP has NOT announced any such thing. And it's not a consumer laptop you want in any case.

The business class Dell Latitude and HP Elitebook are excellent choices.
The consumer class laptops are just so-so.

Any AMD E-350 will likely choke on any VM added to the Win7 OS. It's just a step up from a 'Netbook CPU.
a c 572 D Laptop
August 22, 2011 7:24:25 PM

Cisco7970Cisco said:
Beside X220, any recommendations within the same display size?
Nothing in the under 14" screen category.
They are some 13" that are OK, but they'll likely be more expensive than the 14".
August 22, 2011 7:44:06 PM

WR2 said:
Nothing in the under 14" screen category.
They are some 13" that are OK, but they'll likely be more expensive than the 14".


From 13.3" range, any recommendations? thin and light.
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