Trying to brew up an idea for a new laptop. - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Laptops and Notebooks
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-26-2011, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: /home/jason
Posts: 3,056
Send a message via AIM to Jayce
Default Trying to brew up an idea for a new laptop.

I was lucky enough to get one of these CR-48 laptops. After putting Ubuntu on it, I had the perfect laptop for me. Substantially long battery life, Linux, solid state drive (albeit, a small one @ 16gb), etc.

However, I've been having issues with it. I've always had issues with Chrome OS but excused it for being beta software. Three Linux OS's later, it's definitely hardware. I bought a new (and much faster) SSD to replace the old one, but I'm skeptical. I think it's the motherboard.

Anyway, I'm looking for a laptop. My requirements aren't too crazy.

Intel Atom Dual Core (or something comparable by AMD)
Decent battery life (5 hours or more)
11-12" screen

Preferred, but not required:
Solid state drive (even if it's a small one)
Wireless N (I have a spare PCIE ABGN card if need be)

The best thing I can find is an official release of the new ChromeBook, known as the Acer AC700. Acer AC700 Chromebook (Wi-Fi): Computer & Accessories

350 bucks. It's basically like the CR-48, except a dual core instead of a single core and 2 USB ports instead of 1. It also has HDMI out, and... a warranty!

I thought about buying a used CR-48 on Ebay and just using that, but they're going for 200-300. I have a hard time spending that much money on a used piece of hardware that was sent out in a beta test drive. If it was 100 or 125, I'd be all over it. But I use the laptop a lot, and it sucks having to constantly have power/boot issues with it (it loses connection with the hard drive in mid use). For all I know, my replacement drive I have coming in will fix it. But if it doesn't, I want to have other alternatives on the table for a replacement.

Any additional thoughts or ideas?
There's no place like /home.
Jayce is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brew your own hard cider Trotter Off Topic Discussion 5 10-14-2009 06:27 AM
any idea why my laptop can't read CD's anymore? iDoof Computer Audio and Multimedia 1 12-17-2006 07:31 PM
I have no idea objecterror Microsoft Windows and Software 0 09-21-2006 03:05 PM
home brew console zmatt Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 0 03-03-2006 03:35 PM
Is This Possible in any way?? New and Big Idea dubLe E Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 2 03-14-2004 08:40 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:57 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.