March 21, 2005
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Dell Latitude C600 with OWC
I'm returning a convertible tablet/notebook computer tonight to the retailer from whom I got it about ten days ago. My most significant reason is the anemic battery performance (followed by a slow disk drive), but I also feel very little excitement of ownership for the money I put out. It's not artful, really; it's not sexy; and it doesn't ignite my cynical technolust.
However, accepting that a portable computer is still a useful tool and that having one can be enjoyable at times—that is to say, considering the category of the thing, here is a very desirable example: a computer in attractive wood and leather. Sure, having a glowing apple on an upright surface in front of you in the coffee shop has more cachet than a similar surface with a Dell badge, but even the PowerBook pales in comparison to finely polished wood from a Sicillian wine case.
Posted by Gary at March 21, 2005 02:36 PM
I have had a number of laptops (both my own purchase as well as company supplied) and you can not get better than the Toshiba Tecra (and you can't get worse than the Sony Vaio). It is THE machine and worth every penny. It is durable and has good battery life. I take mine everywhere in my nifty Belkin laptop backpack.
I am not a big fan of the tablet thing. Too many ways that something can go wrong. While I protect my machine when I travel, I just can't shake the feeling that traveling with a convertible tablet laptop would be asking for trouble. Especially because I am kind of a klutz.
Thanks for the recommendation. I thought my next attempt might be either a Toshiba convertible— which a classmate suggested based on using one for well over a year— HP's slate-style tablet (TC1100), or the smallest Apple PowerBook.
What I really want, though, is a Pocket PC like my HP 4155 with a screen about eight times larger... and a long battery life. I might get a foldable Bluetooth keyboard for the H4155, but that won't do anything about the loophole-sized window on my documents.