Sorry, this was actually posted yesterday, but it was breaking my compliance with XHTML, so it got pulled. Here it is again, this time without the breakage.
Right, so new laptop. I needed to pick up something for Germany and settled on a Sony Vaio. More specifically, I settled on a Vaio VGN-CR11Z/R. It was reasonably priced and with a great feature set:
Sony Vaio VGN-CR11Z/R
- CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor with 2MB L2 Cache. (1.8GHz mobile version)
- Chipset : Intel PM965 chipset.
- FSB : 800MHz
- RAM : 2GB (2x1GB pieces of DDR2 667MHz)
- GFX : ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300 (Vista certified, does Aero glass really well).
- Display : 14.1" 1280x800 (WXGA) with "X-Black" technology (shiny black screen).
- HDD : 160GB Seagate Momentus SATA with perpendicular data!
- Double Sided Dual Layer DVD+-R
- 802.11a/b/g and n! (Draft of course, but the hardware is all locked down by now.)
- 100Base-T Networking, which is the ONLY downside.
- Built-in 1280x1024 video camera.
It is actually a very impressive piece of engineering. I have never really liked laptop keyboards before, but this one is pretty special. Even though the keys aren't full-travel keys, it really works extremely well for my typing style. Likewise with the cursor keys. I have always given up on them on previous laptops, but here they just work. I can get to them, and also the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys with with ease. The wireless behaves pretty well with my home network, and it has Draft-N for future use. That's a pretty nice feature, as upgrading would require physical hardware.
Windows Vista rates it better than my work laptop, which actually surprised me. It rated as follows :
Note that the graphics card is the slowest factor, even though it runs Eve-Online with ease.
It came bundled with the usual shite on it, which all got removed very quickly. I ended up formatting the hard disk and installing Vista again from fresh. It runs effortlessly now. Boot Up time is a little slow, but that's maybe something to do with the 5400rpm HDD. I imagine sticking a 7200 in there would lower the boot speed, but it would also raise the temperature. Control of heat is very impressive on this machine. It has never heated up seriously. It never feels like I'm going close to the edge of what it can do, and is always comfortable. My desktop is more like a racing car than this laptop, always treading the fine line between working and going on fire. This new laptop though is destined to be a Land Rover - it just gets it done. It also has the finest heat control I think I have ever seen in a laptop chassis before. So, overall very satisfied!
Moving plans are accelerating this week and next of course.
We blitzed the kitchen today and separated everything into two sections: those we are taking with us, and those that will be left behind. It didn't take too long, and if we can get through the rest of the flat a day at a time like this we'll be well done by the time we leave. There isn't actually all that much left to do now, as we have cleared a lot of it already. Wow!