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My new Favorite Thing - a laptop review
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    Default My new Favorite Thing - a laptop review

    So, as part of my Desktop upgrade I figured it'd make sense to finally jump on the laptop bandwagon . . . hey, if I'm gona spend I might as well spend BIG

    I've always loved the concept of the netbook. I *really* love their size. I don't mind most of the corners they cut in order to achieve it. However, I found a laptop that's perfectly between netbooks and notebook/laptops.

    it's the Toshiba Satellite T115D-S1125 (worst model naming convention ever).

    11 inch screen with 768 vertical lines so it's "HD" . . . an actual AMD dual core processor with literally more horsepower than the desktop I'm retiring. and I upgraded it to 4 gig of RAM. and Windows 7 64bit so that I can take full advantage of it.

    for only $500 (+$50 for 2 more gigs of ram) it's an exceptionally well powered machine but in the smallest possible package. VGA+HDMI output is crucial as well.

    I wiped out the windows 7 Home version with Windows 7 Pro via a thumbdrive, and had no difficulty doing so.

    It's got enough horsepower to run the Adobe Lighroom 3 Beta very well. Sames goes for a few other high-demand photo softwares I use in the field.

    It seeamlessly steams Netflix fullscreen, even on full-screen external 1080p displays(!!). This was a KEY laptop requirement. Most netbooks fail in this category.

    Anyway, there are so many laptop choices out there right now I thought I'd share these findings with you guys. There aren't any other laptops in this size bracket that have the specs and cost $500.

    One crazy-ass use I've found for it, is in my newly geeked out kitchen.

    I do a lot of cooking, but find all my recipes online. I also store successful recipes as docs on my computer. I've now wall mounted a cheap 22" Asus widescreen LCD in the kitchen and output the laptop to it. The laptop stays folded closed and out of harm's way and I input using my old beater keyboard and a cheap trackball (limited counterspace).

    Of course, for ease of reading long recipes the monitor is in Portrait orientation



    I'm currently scouring the internet for an under-counter keyboard tray to hide the keyboard when not in use. and the cables haven't been manged to optimal minimum chaos yet.

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    Default Re: My new Favorite Thing - a laptop review

    Tell me those aren't jars of piss.

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    meth lab.

    Nice set up.
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    Default Re: My new Favorite Thing - a laptop review

    Quote Originally Posted by RoBBo View Post
    Tell me those aren't jars of piss.
    In about 2 weeks the contents of those jars will get you PISS DRUNK . . . is that the same thing?

    Honeywine, or more specifically it's Tej. The cheapest, easiest homebrew there is.

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    Default Re: My new Favorite Thing - a laptop review

    You sure that's not the first symptom of a near-death XBOX video out?

    sounds a hell of alot like what mine did right before it crapped out.

    does your xbox output fine to other devices?

    Does your monitor accept other inputs okay?

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    The holes in the wall from that monitor mount cost me my security deposit.

    thanks for the reminder, asshole

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