I need a desktop replacement for mainly work which is software development for me ie .NET/ databases etc. I will also run Virtual PC for multi OS. In the future I may also want to do some video editting and photo work. Usually I plug into an external CRT as I find the normal keyboard/monitor more comfortable, but from time to time I need to travel and demonstrate etc. So far the spec that I think I need is:
15" or 15.4" LCD - although most laptops of my spec are now only 15.4"
Non Reflective LCD, good outdoor and wide viewing angle for demos.
1620 * 1050 resolution
1GB, ideally both slots user accessible DDR2 533MHZ Ram
2GHZ Pentium M processor
60 - 80 GB HD, preferably removable via a screw etc. Also possible 7200rpm, but HP tells me that they use 5400s as they are quieter...
DVD RW +/-
Ports 3-4 USB, 32 bit PC Card slot, firewire preferably (no immediate use, but video??), Mic in, Mic jack in, sound out, SVGA out, parallel possibly, but optional.
TPM apparently is good for security
As light as possible, D810 ~ 3.1KG, nx8220 ~ 2.6KG
As good looking as possible. I think the nx8220 is better looking than the D810.
Excellent warranty. I am replacing an Inspiron 8000 which had a 3 year NBD onsite warranty - excellent. HP also do this. I would automatically go back to Dell, but I have reservations about the D810, missing firewire port, slightly junky.... but the reviews may be worse than the actual user views....
Good solid and quality build as this will be a business machine.
D810 was my initial find, but I am casting the net wider as I am not totally wowed by it. I was amused that CNET.COM gave it 6.8 while CNET.CO.UK gave it a 8.1. It certainly would be a functional solution. HP seem to have a good reputation and the nx8220 seems to be very cost effective (£1000 inc).
Does anyone have experience or views on these laptops, and/or have other strong recommendations that would fit my needs.
Thanks in advance.
p.s Some of you may recognise me from earlier laptop postings...... I know I am taking a while to get the right laptop....and spec etc. However I really appreciate your help.