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So far I only have a netbook, which is very convenient when size and weight matter. But for getting work done it is just to small, the main problem is the screen size and resolution.
I had a look around for good full sized laptops and the only brands producing something with the quality I had in mind were Apple and Lenovo. The advantages of the Apple over Lenovo are better built quality, battery life and easy to buy locally. I choose the Lenovo, because you can order it with more gadgets, swappable batteries and mostly because it isn't an Apple as I despise where the company is going and I already had bad experiences with Linux and iPods.
This is the configuration I finally got.
- Intel Core i7-620M
- 15.6" FHD Display 1920x1080
- 4 GB
- UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) with Fingerprint Reader
- 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
- Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3 AGN)
- Integrated Mobile Broadband (Gobi 2000 3G with GPS)
The install was amazingly boring. I was expecting all kind of problems with the hardware, but everything just worked. Even the fingerprint reader allows you to login after configuring it with a nice tool.
The only tweaks I needed so far, are these:
- The UMTS card needs a firmware and loader, I used these instructions from the CentOS list. I don't really need it, because mobile broadband via bluetooth is also very easy to set up and works just as fast.
- I haven't tried the GPS yet, but I seem to be inside of buildings most of the time anyway
- if you enable VT-D (whatever that is) in the BIOS, hibernate / suspend to disk won't work
- for some reason some of the preferences don't work for the touchpad, but you can enable those and more with the synclient tool. For example "synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1"
The build quality is also not on the level of a MacBook pro, but much better than any Dell, Asus or whatever they are called.
I will comment on this post in case I make any new discoveries.