[RndTbl] Advice on finally buying my first laptop

John Lange john at johnlange.ca
Sun Sep 27 12:02:00 CDT 2020

 Everything is a cost/performance trade off but no matter what else you do
just make sure it has a solid state drive (SSD). I'm pretty sure those are
standard now in laptops but worth double checking. The low-power
traditional hard drives they put in laptops trade performance for battery
and are so slow you'll think you've gone back to the 90s...

Just a note on docking stations; USB-C based docking stations are fast
becoming the standard and have come a long way. They are now perfectly fine
for the average knowledge worker who wants a single convenient cable to
plug in to get dual display, keyboard, mouse, etc. The only downside is
your GPU won't work on the USB displays so there is a negative impact on
graphics performance.

On the upside you don't have to buy a different docking station for every
device. Here is a neat trick; plug your Samsung mobile device into a USB-C
docking station and presto! You have a full workstation on your phone!
Keyboard, mouse, dual display, everything (though some apps aren't
optimized for it). Google "Samsung DeX" for more details, maybe you don't
even need a laptop?


On Sun., Sep. 27, 2020, 9:09 a.m. Adam Thompson, <athompso at athompso.net>

> On 2020-09-27 06:52, Trevor Cordes wrote:
> > P.S. Acer is only fine if you don't want to run native linux.  And Asus
> > ones don't tend to last long.
> Heh, that's true.  The ASUS is the laptop you wish hadn't died, and the
> HP is the laptop that just won't quite die no matter how much you wish
> it would.
> > P.P.S. What's an AAA game?  Where you go around towing cars?
> ROTFL.  That's the funniest take I've seen on that!
> "AAA (pronounced and sometimes written Triple-A) is an informal
> classification used for video games produced and distributed by a
> mid-sized or major publisher, typically having higher development and
> marketing budgets."  (From wikipedia)
> So basically just this year's blockbuster game, whatever that is.
> Which, running on a laptop is going to be... painful, unless Brad gets
> one of those Gaming-specific monstrosities I see at Memory Express
> sometimes.  (They're nice, but NOT meant for your lap.)
> -Adam
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