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Laptop with serial port!

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Sario, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Sario

    Sario Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ok it's time for a new work laptop. I really want one with a serial port. I know they make usb/pcmi converters, but sometimes they just don't play nice with some computers and older equipment


    1) What is your budget?
    $2,399.00

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    14' to 15.6"

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    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
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    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    PLC programing

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    xp or windows 7
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    Matte, but glossy is ok too
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    No
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    With in 30 days
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  2. mmmangoes

    mmmangoes Notebook Deity

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    -Hp Elitebook 8560p

    If you prefer a thinkpad, look into the docking station options for the T420/T520/W520
     
  3. amythompson172

    amythompson172 Notebook Enthusiast

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    The HP Elitebook 8560p will indeed do what you need, as well as be far below your budget!
     
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  5. Sario

    Sario Notebook Enthusiast

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    The Elite book doesn't appear to have the rs232 serial port, and I use the serial port moslty when out of the office. Thanks though!


    Thanks, but it also doesn't appear to have an RS232 serial port.

    That does look like the most promising solution so far.
     
  6. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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    Another option is buying a used older laptop like a Lenovo T61 or something (I think those still had serial ports) or the T4x series, which I know had serial ports.
     
  7. Sario

    Sario Notebook Enthusiast

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    That's another good thought. My work will be making the purchase, and I'm not sure if they will be ok with a used one. Although I've found a few of the model you listed refurbished for under $300
     
  8. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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    If you're using it to talk to things like routers in a hosting center, you might be able to talk them into buying a cheap one for each center (if there's more than one) so that they're always there when needed, kinda like an old dumb terminal on a cart etc. If you need 3 buy 4 and sock one away for a rainy day. Used or not, real RS-232 serial connectors are becoming as rare as IEEE-488 etc.
     
  9. Megol

    Megol Notebook Evangelist

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    Any computer with a ExpressCard slot can get a real RS232 port. The problem is that many serial ExpressCard adapters in reality is USB<->serial port so finding a true PCIexpress<->serial that is backwards compatible with old programs can take some time.
     
  10. Indrek

    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    As far as I can see, the EliteBook 8560p definitely does have a serial port. See the tech specs.
     
  11. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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    Judging by the picture that's a USB serial port, not an RS232 serial port.
     
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  13. Indrek

    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    A few other relatively recent laptops that have serial ports:
    Dell Latitude E5500 & E5510, HP ProBook 6540b, Fujitsu Lifebook E780

    Just curious - how can you tell from the picture?
     
  14. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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    Good point those pictures are awful. Looking a second time I'm still not sure.
     
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    trwrt Notebook Consultant

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    I've got an Acer Travelmate 800 with a busted hinge here that ticks all of the boxes. $2400 should just about cover it. :)
     
  16. Indrek

    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    That wasn't a point, but a legitimate question - how can you tell from a picture whether a serial port is USB or RS-232?
     
  17. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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    By having the engineer use more accurate labels? Or from a better picture? :)

    A db-9 serial port connector is the same size as a db-15 high density VGA connector, but with 9 larger sockets. They're disappearing pretty quick. A lot of hosting centers now keep old VT-101 terminals etc on carts because you can't count on having one on your laptop anymore.
     
  18. Indrek

    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yeah, I know that. Incidentally, the correct label is DE9, not DB9 (and DE15 for the VGA connector; DB connectors are about twice as wide). And I can see pretty easily from pictures that the laptops mentioned above (including the EliteBook 8560p) have a male DE9 connector. What I thought you were saying was that having a serial port didn't necessarily mean full electrical compliance with the RS-232 standard, and that some serial ports could simply be RS-232 adapters internally hooked up to USB or something like that, rather than a native RS-232 controller on the motherboard. If instead you were referring to the connector and saying that you weren't sure whether the one shown in the 8560p quickspecs was USB or DE9, then I retract my previous question and invite you to look at a larger version of that picture:
    http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13947_div/13947_ov5.jpg

    Edit: also, the picture posted above by KLF (link) clearly shows a male DE9 connector with the corresponding symbol |O|O| next to it.
     

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