GRT 360

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  1. arrohead

    arrohead Newbie

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    Hi,
    I'm new here, but need some pointers concerning the purchase of a new notebook/laptop computer. I write novels and other books and design websites, which I must work on while traveling. Often, I'm in a location for a month or more, then move on to yet another. I need a laptop that has portability with wi-fi and one that can be easily converted to a desktop that I can attach a larger keyboard and mouse to. I've been looking at a Sony GRT 360 at BestBuy, but havn't made the plunge yet since I'm not sure. I've been working with computers since 1958 (Univac) and desktops since 1978, but never with a notebook. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Recommendations, notes of what to stay away from, etc. Thank you.

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    hey arrohead, the VAIO GRT 360 is a true desktop replacement, it'll have the power of a desktop system and many of the same features (including TV tuner and recorder built-in if you so wish).

    One option you might think about however is that many of todays laptops come with the option of purchasing a Docking Station (usually around $250 - $350). So, when on the road you have the laptop and use it sitting on your lap, table or what have you. But when you get back home or to a desk you put it into a docking station and this docking station essentially turns the laptop into a desktop machine -- from the docking station you can run a monitor, keyboard and mouse. And then when you want to hit the road again you slide the laptop out of its station and off you go. This is a popular option with the IBM ThinkPad series and also with smaller notebooks that are good on the road but when you're at home or the office you want a real monitor and keyboard.

    A desktop replacement such as the GRT or HP zd7000 or Toshiba P25 might actually fit the bill for you -- but remember they are heavy and hard to use while travelling -- if you're stationary for a month this might not be a big deal though. If you were jetting somewhere new daily I'd say get a thin and light or ultraportable notebook.

    From the fron of the site we have a review of the GRT, check that out and good luck!
     
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    arrohead Newbie

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the quick response. I'll look at the thin and lights then, also. Any suggestions as to which would be best? I do travel a lot, but not daily. I like the docking idea.
    Thanks


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