My laptop has arrived

My laptop has been delivered yesterday!

It has taken quite some time, because the laptops were held back at the customs for a few weeks. As a compensation De-Laptopper offered a choice of a few free accesories. I chose the free upgrade from 2*256 MB to 1*512 MB of memory (which I had ordered anyway for 49 euros).

Unfortunately, they still have to deliver the upgrade from 11 Mbps (802.11b) to 54 Mbps (802.11g) WLAN.
Furthermore, they’ve only given me 256 MB of memory, so they still have to send me the 512 MB DIMM.
And finally, because the 7200 rpm 60 GB harddisk wasn’t available, they put a 5400 rpm in instead. But they upgraded the processor from 1.6 to 1.7 GHz! So now I have to choose: 1.6 GHz processor with a 7200 rpm drive, or 1.7 GHz with a 5400 rpm drive? Does anyone have any good suggestions what to choose?

Update (March 26): This morning I took my laptop back to De-Laptopper, to have my processor and harddisk replaced. So now I’ve got what I ordered: a 1.6 GHz processor and a 7200 rpm 60 GB harddisk. They have very kindly cloned my old harddisk to this new one, so no problems whatsoever.
Furthermore, they installed the 802.11g (54 Mbps) WLAN upgrade and exchanged the 1x 256 MB by 1x 512 MB 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, also just as I had ordered. So, my laptop is finally complete, in just under 5 weeks!

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Thursday, March 18th, 2004 Computing

2 Comments to My laptop has arrived

  1. 1.6 and 1.7 seems a marginal difference (6%?)
    5400 and 7200 rpm seems a bigger difference.
    I guess it depends on what you’re planning on doing with it, really. CPU or disk-intensive apps. I heard 7200 rpms in laptops consume lots of energy, which obviously has an adverse effect on the battery life. So I guess I’d go for the 1.7 G with the 5400 rpm drive (my HD is also a 5400 one).

  2. Ari on March 18th, 2004
  3. I’d go with the faster drive! My experience is that I “speedstep” my processor Pentium M 1.6 Ghz down to “max battery” (500 Mhz) most of the time anyway to save battery power. Those nasty slow HDD’s keep you waiting most of the time. Then again I don’t know the effect of the 7200rpm on power consumption…

  4. Gerwin on April 19th, 2004

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