New laptop

Last week, I finally ordered a new laptop! This is it, a Dell Studio 15.

My old laptop had become soooo slow. Even after completely reinstalling Windows XP, but hardly any other software (yes, a browser, office suite, and a few more), it still seemed ten times as slow as when I bought it. I blame Windows for that; obviously XP is not what it was five years ago.

Anyway, I searched around, mainly at, and was about to order an Acer (Aspire 5738G, to be precise), when I saw that Dell had a discount on the Studio 15. The specs were similar to the Acer and now the price was almost the same as well. I chose the Dell.

The main specs are:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 (2.1 GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR2 memory
  • 320 GB 7200 rpm SATA hard disk
  • 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics card
  • 15.6″ widescreen display (1366 × 768)
  • DVD +/- RW drive
  • Integrated webcam
  • 9-cell 85W battery

The only thing that bothers me, not just with this one, but with similar laptops as well, is the low resolution of the display. Even the one I am working on right now, which is five years old, has a 15″ display with 1400 × 1050 pixels. If you want something like that right now (1440 × 900), you have to go for at least a 17″ display, or be willing to spend some more money on a Sony Vaio.

Anyway, if all goes well, my new laptop will be delivered next Wednesday.

Update (2009-7-22): my laptop has arrived. This afternoon, two packages were delivered at my door:

Some first impressions, after working with it for a couple of hours:

  • Microsoft sure did a great job in creating the most annoying piece of software ever with User Account Control (UAC).
  • Vista takes some time getting used to. Yes, I was still running XP on my old laptop.
  • The first thing to go was the Windows Sidebar. The second was the Dell Dock. Yippee for all the free Dell software you get pre-installed on your machine.
  • I already mentioned the screen resolution. The widescreen is nice, but the vertical size is quite limited, which is most obvious while browsing or working with digital photos. BTW, where did this resolution of 1366 × 768 come from?
  • The battery life, so far, is great. The extra large 9-cell battery has worked for about 5 hours, although I haven’t actually measured it exactly. But even when it was at 0%, it kept working for another 15 minutes!
  • Finally, this laptop is quite a lot faster than my old one! But then again, it would be strange if it wasn’t.

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Friday, July 17th, 2009 Computing, Personal

1 Comment to New laptop

  1. Don’t forget to order new memory for the old one and a new (faster) HDD. That will make ik snappy and useful for a few more years as a notebook for the visitor/picture-showing people that you do not want to stick a stick in your shiny new notebook…

  2. Menno on August 24th, 2009

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