Decisions... a tough road
Well, after about 2 months researching, I found myself going in circles as to what laptop to get. Got fired from my job in the meantime because I became too focused on what laptop I was getting instead of doing my job :P
I was actually looking at a Powerbook 15" for a while due to Mac OS X Tiger. The decision at this stage was Powerbook 15" versus what we have in Australia that I dont think america has and thats the V6020V which is the 2.13, 1g ram, 80g hdd version.
Change of jobs and change of way I was going to pay for it made me throw those two out the window due to price (over 3.1k means bigger deposit up-front). So i had to stay around the 3-3.1k mark in Aussie dollars (approx 2.4k usd). I had my mind made up on either the 1.76 pentium m version of the v6 with 512, or a oem brand. When I walked into the store, however, I came across a little 14" widescreen called the W3V. Wasnt quite as thin as the V6, but has the overall size I was looking for. I fell in love with the glare screen straight away and because I was doing presentations in this new job, my needs had changed. I dont think ASUS has a rival in this part of the market (14" multimedia notebooks) or at least nothing stacked up as well in the store.
Here are the specs
Pentium M Sonoma 1.86 (2mb cache, 533 fsb)
512 DDR2 400 Ram (soon to change, too expensive to let them do it)
14" WXGA LCD 1280x768 res GLARE type (simply stunning)
80G 5400rpm Hitachi Travelstar HDD (was the IBM Travelstar)
ATI Radeon Mobility x600 64mb
Dual Layer DVD Burner (removable to put a second battery in)
Intel PRO Wireless 802.11ABG
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
TV Out (something that was annoying about the V6.. it didnt have it!!!)
What bugs me?
Ive had it about 2 days now and ... about the only thing is the hot keys on the side for presentations, i hit that once and it turned off the lcd to go to projector and i didnt know how to get it back... so i restarted... Then I had troubles after that with it halting due to ati2nag. I reinstalled the ATI drivers from the cd and havent had a problem since. Had to reconfigure the ASUS power4 or whatever settings to suit me better, but thats a good thing, no?
What I love?
The software it comes with, the speed of the little bugger, the beauty. I took those stupid stickers off as soon as I took it out of the box... Arent they annoying?
Anyway, when ive had it about 2 weeks I'll write up a proper review and soon as I get my new phone Ill take some 1.3 megapixel shots for yas