[dba-Tech] A new laptop

Joe O'Connell joeo at appoli.com
Wed Jan 18 08:09:27 CST 2012


Last summer my laptop was on its last legs, so I started shopping for a
new one.  At the time I did not know anything about Asus, but I saw an
advertisement from Fry's for a laptop with the configuration you listed
(but without the camera) for a good price.  I started investigating and
could not find anything negative, so I bought it.  I have been extremely
pleased with its performance.

It came with Windows 7 Home, which I upgraded to Professional.  I loaded
my development environment -- Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server,
Microsoft Expression, Silverlight and Sharepoint.  I installed Virtual
PC and created a Windows XP VM for running older versions of software.
All of my computers are backed up using Carbonite, so I changed the
subscription to the Asus and within a day all of my folders and files
were restored to the new laptop.

So far I have not encountered any problems, and it runs much faster,
cooler, quieter and more reliably than my old Gateway.  The one thing
that I did not learn until I brought it home is that the power adapter
weighs about as much as the computer.  If you travel a lot with your
laptop, this could be a consideration.

Joe O'Connell

-----Original Message-----
From: dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com
[mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Jim Lawrence
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:32 PM
To: 'Discussion of Hardware and Software issues'
Subject: [dba-Tech] A new laptop

I was looking at a new laptop and this one is impressive.

It is probably the most powerful laptop available and it is priced quite
reasonability. It was priced less than $1000 around Christmas but it has
climbed in value since the latest model has been introduced.

I apologies if there is any errors in my memory of the stats but they
are pretty close.

The unit is the new Asus laptop. It comes with 12GB of RAM (up to 16GB),
750GB Hard drive and a slot for an extra 750 is required. It has 6 cores
and use the new Intel 7i CPU. If you are not completely impressed it has
additional 3GB of RAM for the video card and it gives a full high
definition video.

It sports a special battery system which will allows the computer to run
at maximum performance for 2 to 3 hours without a wall connection and at
8 to 9 hours with regular use. To keep everything cool it has special
cooling configuration so it should never overheat. 

There is just about every port type available. It can easily run your
home flat screen whether by direct cabling or Wi-Fi. Note the Wi-Fi/NIC
supports 10/100/1000. It has one of the best mini-camera available,
excellent built-in microphones and speaker system.

Other features are an instant on. When you turn it off/ close the screen
it saves the current setting and comes up in what ever state the system
was last at...instantly. It has a full warranty against any mishap like
droppage or even dumping a coffee on keyboard etc... one full year if
purchased cash and two full years if purchase via most major credit

In the computer store, where this was being sold (PCs, Macs and laptops,
desktops and servers), it was the most powerful unit available and that
includes computers at twice the price. No sissy pink, turquoise or white
colours for this baby just black or brushed steel.

Of course, this unit isn't for everyone. It can be used by serious
gamers of course but it is much more... serious programmers, system
developer, graphic specialists and animators will undoubtedly find this
new offering irresistible. 

For a travelling systems person it is a dream come true... a full
network office away from home. :-)


PS No I do not have one but I can dream.           

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