Let me summarise: My own laptop, bought 4 years ago just before starting grad school, is dying. The monitor supports one resolution (and dies any time it leaves it, e.g., games, tty1-7, shutdown screen, etc) and has a battery life that would terrify a mayfly. Replacing the battery costs more than 1/3rd of the original price of the laptop, and just seems like a silly waste of money. And, although I’m technically competent enough to purchase new cells and re-wire the battery pack, I don’t own my own soldering iron.
Thus, when I was told I have some money in my research component of my scholarship that will expire shortly, I thought I’d buy a new laptop and put this one out of its misery.
It didn’t take me long to come up with a list of requirements, which are all self contradicting: Light, powerful, good screen resolution. Unfortunately, I’ve only found one laptop that fits the bill: The just announced Samsung 9 series laptop:
Unfortunately, the best I could find was that it won’t be released until February 2011. No one seems to have a date for it yet, however. So I did my own sleuthing.
The big mystery to me was the CPU, which I couldn’t track down in any other laptop – it seems to be the front runner of intel’s low powered line of dual core processors – a low power i5. And that’s what lead me to the answer:
The CPU itself is going to be released on February 20th, 2011, so there is no way the laptop itself will be released before that. And that means I won’t be able to get my hands on one of these before AGBT 2011.
Nutsit. I guess that means I’ll be buying a macbook.