I'll keep this as brief as I can: I'm going to college in the fall, so I'm going to get a new laptop. I'll run Debian GNU/Linux on it, and honestly, the most graphics-intensive thing I do is trim video clips for YouTube, or dabble in Python.
I'm kind of settled on the Lenovo ThinkPad L520
. I've heard great things about ThinkPads' build quality, which is important to me--I want something that will really last, no wobbly hinges or whatnot. Here're the specs, anywho:
ThinkPad L520 - 1 Yr Depot TopSeller Warranty
Processor: Intel Core i5-2520M Processor (2.50GHz, 3MB L3) (quite enough for what I do)
Display type : 15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display (Hooray matte finish! Big selling point)
System graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Plenty for me)
Total memory: 4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
Keyboard: Keyboard US English
Camera: 720p HD Camera
Hard drive: 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm (More space than I'll use in a decade)
Optical device: DVD Recordable
Battery: 9 cell Li-Ion Battery - 55++
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
I'm quite certain that it will meet my needs for years, but I have a few fine-point questions before I consider my search ended.
- Getting the 9-cell battery over the 6-cell will give me noticeably longer run time, right? That is, the upgrade is worth the $50? (I don't mind extra weight anyway)
- Does the location of the Control and FN keys bother anybody who owns a ThinkPad? They're the opposite of what I'm used to, but I imagine it's not really a big deal, no?
- Finally, with 4GB total RAM, is it better to get 2 x 2GB DIMMs, or 1 x 4GB DIMMs? I know that if I go for the 1 x 4GB, I can upgrade by just adding another 4GB stick, but if I don't upgrade, is a 2 DIMM configuration vastly preferable for some reason?
I appreciate the time and input.