Why are laptops so bling these days?

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  1. Roikins

    Roikins Senior member

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    They're bling these days because a company decided that computers should no longer be appliances you use to only accomplish tasks, but they should also be your best friend and a fashion accessory, so they started to push colored cases:

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  2. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I have the XPS 1530 in 1900x1200 since I have the same general need for a higher resolution screen; otherwise I'd go the next step down. You can set the UI scaling to 120% so the icons and text aren't microscopic.

    I'm doing this now on my 24" to test it out under vista. Everything is now bigger, so it makes me wonder what the point is. The only thing that really benefits are Blue-ray movies. How cool is it btw? Did you get a SSD drive or a 7200rpm?

    I prefer higher resolution screens - more space for illustrator and indesign windows is always better.

    However, 1900x1200 is just too big for me on a 15" screen. There's a balance to be struck in terms of what a 12-point font is going to look like on screen and how its going to look on paper, and in terms of web-design, I like to have a reasonable idea about what my work is going to look like for other people. On my last MBP 15" I replaced the 1440x900 screen with a 1900x1200, but on this one I'm not going to do so. It was more of a hassle than a benefit.


    Ya... I'm starting to question whether I should. What would you think about that resolution on a 16.4" or 17" monitor? Still too small? Keep in mind I'll need to sit in front of this thing for 8+ hours a day at times. I'd kinda prefer to go with a 15 even though this computer is really a desktop replacement for me while i'm travelling and if/when I move.

    you referenced this a bit earlier, but why would you want that? Everything would be so so tiny....

    multiple code/putty windows. It's incredibly useful to be able to have lots of screen for the visual studio ui. Having said that, my monitors at work are 1680x1050 and I get by. 1440x900 is beginning to suck.
     


  3. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    They're bling these days because a company decided that computers should no longer be appliances you use to only accomplish tasks, but they should also be your best friend and a fashion accessory, so they started to push colored cases:

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    those look very good compared to some of the stuff I saw yesterday.
     


  4. Roikins

    Roikins Senior member

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    those look very good compared to some of the stuff I saw yesterday.

    Like this stuff?

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  5. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    What 1800 CDN gets you.

    IntelÂ[​IMG] Core™ 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
    Genuine Windows VistaÂ[​IMG] Home Premium Edition SP1
    Tuxedo Black
    High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LED LCD (1440x900) & 2.0 M
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
    Ultra Performance: 128GB Solid State Drive
    256MB NVIDIAÂ[​IMG] GeForceÂ[​IMG] 8600M GT
    Slot Load Blu-ray Disc (BD/DVD/CD read/write)
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
    56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    Dell Bluetooth Travel mouse
    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0+Enhanced Data Rate)
    High Definition Audio 2.0

    Looking at thinkpads too. Price starts off the same, but lenovo charges $590 for the 128GB SSD drive and dell charges $170 for that upgrade. Hell, dell charges $420 for the new 256GB SSD drive. Sick pricing. Still debating on whether to get a 1920x1200 or 1440x900.
     


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    I have only and will only use Lenovo T61s (or the new T400/T500)

    Why go anywhere else?
     


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    i really like the dell e series
     


  8. RyJ Maduro

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    To be honest, I've never given the slightest consideration to the aesthetics of a lap-top computer. Mine is covered in stickers, anyhow.
     


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    Brian SD Moderator

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    On a 17" monitor 1900x1200 is fine, in my experience. It's an issue of practicality for me. You could always spring for the 1900x1200 and then knock it down a notch if you don't like it.
     


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    I have a Dell XPS with the 13" monitor. It's more computer than I need. No SSD but I do have a 7200RPM HD and it's great.

    I also have Vista Ultimate on the XPS. I notice a big difference between the XPS with Vista Ultimate and an HP laptop I have with a 17" monitor ( a heavy desktop replacement ) that has Vista Home Premium.

    I think Ultimate is a worthwhile upgrade over Vista Home Premium for most users. I was really "challenged" by Vista for a while but it's gotten better. You are a computer guy and probably won't have many if any problems but for an average user like me Ultimate helps I think.
     


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    To be honest, I've never given the slightest consideration to the aesthetics of a lap-top computer. Mine is covered in stickers, anyhow.

    If you don't give any consideration to how it looks, why would you put stickers on it?
     


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    If you don't give any consideration to how it looks, why would you put stickers on it?

    Maybe he means he doesn't care if it looks like shit, covered in stickers.
     


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    I dunno, I always think people with stickers on their laptops look like theyre trying pretty hard to be anti.
     


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    I'm running 1920x1080 on a 23" monitor and can't imagine running it on a 15" laptop. I'm in front of my screen all day so I think that's a factor.
     


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    I just got a Sony Vaio Z. It has a 13.1" screen with a whopping 1600x900 resolution! The design is extremely classy, it has great power, fantastic battery life and weighs only 3.5 lbs. It is also made in the USA.

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