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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2017, 09:54:00 am »
I'd advise against Dell consumer class machines, Inspirons are usually cheap, tacky and fall apart in no time (my personal experience anyway) .. there's no comparing them the the business class models
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2017, 09:59:37 am »
I'd advise against Dell consumer class machines, Inspirons are usually cheap, tacky and fall apart in no time (my personal experience anyway) .. there's no comparing them the the business class models

Yeah, most inexpensive stuff made for home use is cheap crap.  I know, I have a cheap home laptop by ASUS.  ::)

I was merely using that computer to point out the price difference between System76 and Dell.  System76 probably has them beat in quality, but being a smaller manufacturer means they can't afford to offer as good prices as a big outfit like Dell.

Another place I can look for a decent refurb is NewEgg.
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2017, 10:07:42 am »
This is comparable in specs to that System76 computer:

http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetails/xps-13-9360-laptop/cax13w10h7b5128ubuntu

It's designed for business, not their home crap.  Its normal price is the same price as the Sytem76 computer on sale.  If I could afford to drop that kind of cheddar on a computer, I'd probably just get that Dell.

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2017, 11:08:41 am »
Sorry for the triple post here, but this is the type of deal I'm looking for:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA77G3RA7792

That's a very tasty price.  Sure, it's probably an older model i7 and the 250GB is sure to be a HDD, but that's still a great deal.  For that price, 14" is manageable.  ;)

Plus, that's one of the models Andy says he has. :)
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2017, 12:51:22 pm »
I'd have a word with VinDSL .. he seems to come up with some great deals over there ;)

I couldn't say what's a "good" deal over there, but IIRC (I could be mistaken though) I've seen refurbed 6410 over here for less and stuffs usually more over here.

It does have the benefit of coming from a reputable dealer, but VinDSL will be able to steer you better than I.

BTW, did you notice it weighs 4 :-\
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2017, 01:48:23 pm »
How much is it supposed to weigh?

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2017, 02:09:07 pm »
I meant it's bloody light if it's 4 grams, but I wouldn't want to lug around a 4 hundredweight laptop.

You can't just say "weight = 4", a little more info is required don't you think.

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2017, 02:41:08 pm »
BTW, I think I may have just figured out why a US Gallon is only 0.832674 of a UK Gallon .. When you guys were trying to figure out exactly what a Gallon was and took a UK Gallon over there for measurement, did you forget to take evaporation into consideration ?

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2017, 09:24:42 am »
It's probably 4 pounds, given that it's a U.S. website.  That also would be about right for a smaller laptop.

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2017, 09:52:37 am »
Sure it's not hard to take an educated guess but it's still lazy, specially when "pounds" can be abbreviated :)
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2017, 09:59:58 am »
I'm not disputing that.  It's stupidly lazy.

I found this one on the bottom of the page for the other one:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAAJ255Z4927

It's a little smaller, 13" is a good size.  The processor is marginally faster.  No optical drive (don't need it.)  Otherwise, it's pretty much the same.  Still Win7 Pro, which I actually may leave on there for running those pesky few Windows apps.  320GB is plenty of room to dual boot, but I also have other 2.5" optical drives sitting around, a 500GB and a 1TB.  And, the part I really like about that one is the free shipping.  :)

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2017, 10:27:23 am »
That looks nice, and if i understand Dell Latitude model numbers correctly is a year younger model

6220 - 6 series (premium model)

6220 - 12.5" Screen

6220 - 2011-2012 model



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Latitude
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2017, 11:02:44 am »
That lines up with the review articles I found.  I found an E6410 review from Novemeber 2010, I found an E6220 review from December 2011.

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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2017, 02:50:26 pm »
I'd be really disappointed in a cheap laptop. So I'm going to try and talk you off that ledge.

Have you considered building a desktop yourself with premium parts? My main rig is 6 years old and still the fastest computer I've used due to two minor upgrades in that time.

You could invest roughly $600 in a really sweet rig.
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Re: Small Laptop Prebuilt with Linux
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2017, 07:10:13 am »
If I had to guess, by the requirement for a "small laptop" I'd gather the whole idea here is mobility .. which would rule out a desktop ;)
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