View Full Version : Time for a laptop, What should I get?

05-08-04, 08:28 AM
My IBM I series is almost 3 years old, it is a P3 192 mg of ram, wireless card ,withit I use a PDA Dell Axim X5.The P#3 is fine but I am max out on ram.
I use Word, Autocad everyday for work. I use the Axim with Textmarker(http://www.softmaker.com/de/index_en.htm) as I can use my word files with tables on my PDA.
I work on havc equipment on roofs so I use the PDA to enter equipment information into my forms and then transfor to the laptop.
One unit I was looking at was the Xploretech Tablet (http://www.xploretech.com/index.pl?id=2085&isa=Category&op=show) but it is around $3000.00 US
Xploretech can take cold weather, and rain with damage, would not need the PDA
Has anyone used a tablet OS?

05-08-04, 01:15 PM
Look at Sony's VAIO laptops.
Powerful little machines without feeling like you're lugging around a desktop.
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=5zzrWg5IoHPre07V8urhUUFErKbdNoIUjzI=?Cat egoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers&Dept=cpu

Never used a tablet... I like the portability of my Clié handheld and only bring along the laptop for large jobs.

Of course, if you want pure power, get one of these:
Intel® Pentium® 4 @ 3.4GHz 800FSB
Hyperthreading Technology
User-Upgradeable Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce™ FX Go5700
15.4"inch WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD
60GB 7200rpm HDD with 8MB Cache
Integrated Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Infrared Remote control
3-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader
4X DVD+RW Optical Disk Drive

That should be able to run Autocad in it's sleep...

05-09-04, 12:46 AM
Stay away from Toshiba for a while. This generation has some serious power supply issues. They overheat and burn out. Minimum $600 fix.

Compaq/HP seem to be very durable (knock on wood). I'm impressed with the look of the VAIO, too.

05-09-04, 12:49 AM
THe brand new top of the line dells are looking pretty nice.

05-09-04, 12:52 AM
I heard Dell is having trouble with their new computers. Friends have HP and Compaq, and they are very reliable, can't go wrong there. The Sony labbys are so expensive.

05-09-04, 07:09 AM
The nice thing about the xploretech is you can use it outside in the sun, rain and cold.
I would something to throw in a bag, then climb a ladder to get on to a roof.
One thing with a PDA Ican not get the whole page on the screen and still see it.
One thing I like about my IBM is that the click button are quiet. My wife Acer buttons are noise.Also the only proble has been the printer port, need to replace mother board twice, covered under warrenty. Happened from unplugging printer alot and it has been on job sites most days. Will be on my second battery.
Cost is not to much of a issue.
Has anyone had a "rugged" laptop or tablet?

05-09-04, 09:39 AM
HP and Compaq are garbage unless you go with their professional lines. Same with Dell.
Toshiba has been highly rated, along with Apple.

05-10-04, 05:41 PM
Airbalancer, maybe you would be interested in this:


It works like a tablet PC, but uses XP instead of the tablet PC OS so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues. The screen resolution is capable of 1600x1200, so you won't have any trouble viewing AutoCad files in full detail and it's small enough that you shouldn't have a problem lugging it up and down ladders to the job site. :)