Tuesday, August 23
I got a new toy today - one of these. I actually got one of the low-end models, because I wasn't paying for it, so it had to actually be justified. Anyway, they don't have much of a range available in Australia. In America, you get to choose exactly which CPU you want, how much memory, how large a disk drive. In Australia, you get 1.4GHz with 1MB of cache and a DVD/CD-RW drive, or 1.6GHz with 2MB of cache and a DVD writer. For the difference in price, I could get an extra gig of memory, so I did.
For a cheap, low-end notebook it's very nice. The screen doesn't have a reflective coating, which can be a bit distracting, but on the other hand it's extremely bright and clear, with excellent colour. It's got Firewire and 3 USB 2.0 ports, a card reader slot that works with both Memory Stick (which my camera uses) and SD/MMC (which my Palm Pilot has). Battery life isn't bad; initial tests suggest over 2½ hours playing videos with brightness turned up all the way. (I haven't had a chance to run it flat yet.)
It's not small, though. Twice the size of my old Vaio (which was tiny). But more than twice the speed. And one-third the price, so I'm not about to complain.
Now I just have to choose which anime to copy onto it to start with. And maybe shop around for a better price on those new 120GB notebook drives...
Oh yes. I'll be getting wireless internet for it too. It already has WiFi and Bluetooth, but I'll be adding a wireless broadband modem, so I'll be able to munu from anywhere.
Technology. What can't it do?
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