Buying a laptop… i5-2537M processor?

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:

Intel Core i5-2537M Processor

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.

2 thoughts on “Buying a laptop… i5-2537M processor?

  1. Dude – you’re much better looking in that video than I imagined. But, more seriously, Mac’s have only 1 serious drawback that I’ve found: the price. I was checking things out over the weekend in the local Mac shop, and was a bit shocked how much they cost.

    If, however, someone else is willing to foot the bill, your only difficulty will be software selection – and for any serious computer user, this isn’t really a difficulty. I’ve been running my Macbook pro (v10.6.5, 2.66 GHz intel core 2 duo, 4GB DDR) for over 18 months, and I’m very happy. This includes plenty of memory intensive simulation and mathematical confragulation, but the stability of the OS more than makes up for the slightly slower processing speed. Other OS’s can easily be installed if desired.

  2. Hah… Aside from the gender issue, that’s clearly not me in that video since I’ll probably never lay my hands on that laptop. I did end up going with the macbook pro i5 2.4Ghz/High-res screen, for which someone else will be footing most of the bill. The way I look at it, the extra money is paying for shaving off somewhere between 2-4 pounds, and giving me a heck of a better case design – not to mention it’s worth some money just for the popularity of the hardware, which should make it easier to get community support for whatever software is running.

    And yes, the very first thing I plan to do with it is install Kubuntu. While Mac OS is vastly better than windows, I just can’t see myself using Mac OS on a daily basis. Open Source is still the way to go for operating systems and most software.

    I’ll probably write more when it arrives… as long as I don’t crash the UPS site by hitting refresh too often. (-:

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