Getting a laptop soon.

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  1. Scathraax
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    With school coming up next week, and me having a job.. It's finally time for me to get myself a laptop.
    I've decided on the MSI Wind, mainly for it's small form factor, since I'll be taking it everywhere with me.


    Now, I have a few other items I'd like to purchase along with it.

    RAM* (Upgrading from 1GB to 2GB)
    Bigger HDD**
    Logitech bluetooth mouse
    S-Video to RCA converter cable (For use at school/friends', mostly for watching movies on a nice big television [​IMG])
    Laptop carrying case/new backpack with laptop section

    I'll be using this away from home a lot, but these few items seem like enough. Anything else recommended by those who travel with their laptop often?



    * - There's a good chance I'll upgrade the RAM
    ** - I have no access to an external CD drive, so I might not have a way to get the HDD formatted if I were to purchase/install it in the Wind
     
  2. BiscuitBee

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    How about a USB 10-key add-on? I guess that depends on what you are doing, of course.

    Personally, I hate the Fn-mode 10-key on most laptops [​IMG]

    EDIT: And, if it matters, a privacy screen so passers-by and slanty-necks can't peak at what you are doing.
     
  3. Scathraax
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    The Fn-mode doesn't bother me much, really.
    But the privacy screen doesn't sound like a bad idea.
     
  4. Maktub

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    Could you link some shop with that computer? I'm curious about it.
     
  5. Jiggah

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    I heard upgrading the RAM for the Wind voids the warranty.
     
  6. Scathraax
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    I've read the same.. and while I hate to void warranties, the extra RAM would be pretty nice.
    This upgrade is still up in the air.
     
  7. Psyfira

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    I used to have one of the shoulderbag-style protective laptop cases and found it a nightmare to carry; those things are damn heavy even before you put the laptop in! Go with the backpack. Also it's less obvious that you're carrying a laptop [​IMG]
     
  8. Maktub

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    Yes, Psyfira is 100% right about that.

    That laptop seems nice, tiny, I don't think you'll be using it for playing very high standard games so I suggest you save the RAM ampliation. 1GB is pretty much actually.

    I saw in England however some laptops looking nicer than that, more solid and with a better design (kind of like dell inspirons, just smaller) that weren't very pricey and had same specs as that one... shame I didn't get the brand cause I wasn't going to get one anyway, but I'd have loved to have one of those. Also I think they had some built in DVD reading device.
     
  9. Linkiboy

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    Don't purchase the MSI wind yet.

    Right now it's in high demand due to battery shortages. Wait for the 6-cell battery version to be released (5.5 hours of battery life vs 2.5 hours for the 3-cell you linked to).

    If you need to format or install an OS on a new hard drive, I'd get one of these (it will also let you recycle your old HD as a portable backup source... and if you buy two, you can clone your hard drives so you don't have to deal with drivers on your new HD.)

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7296
     
  10. Urza

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    It will be a considerable while after the 6-cell units are shipped (god knows when) that demand will start dropping.

    You're better off buying the laptop itself asap, and picking up a larger battery later on.
     
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    I guess that's true, his school is next week...

    Except the 6-cell to be really expensive...
     
  12. Jiggah

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    If you're pondering the 6-cell Wind, you might as well get the EEE 1000H. Priced similarly (lower in fact, I think for the 6-cell variant), similar specs, but has wireless N (not a deal breaker I know). Plus, I believe the RAM is upgradable without warranty violation. Oh, and it's available now.
     
  13. Linkiboy

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    6-cell MSI Wind is 499$, 3-cell is 479$, Linux 3-cell is 399$... just most places are gouging the price right now.