OK, so in this thread we've gone over a pretty large selection of light-weight but capable notebooks. I'm wondering, for curiosity's sake what the next step up would be keeping in mind a 14" max size. The reason I ask is that I have a meeting with some Engineering Advisors early next week to talk about some classes and I will be mentioning that I'm purchasing a laptop. I'll see if they have any recommendations, especially as far as CAD is concerned. Do you think a GT 130 is powerful enough to run CAD as-is? I would guess that it is, but I only really use a lot of CAD on full workstations, so I'm sure some of you have better experience with it on a laptop. I really don't want to get a beast mobile workstation though, either.
EDIT: You know, never mind that. I'm not going to spend the extra money on something like that anyway, and if I need something more capable then what I'm looking at I can always use one of the Engineering Lab computers. But if you want to voice an opinion for fun, go for it.
I think the only thing that concerns me a little about the Lenovo is, as mentioned before, the 16:9 aspect ratio. The pixel density seems fine, I just worry that it will seem awkward to work on. It's really a nit-pick since I have a monitor that I could hook up to it if I wanted some extra vertical space anyway.
16:9 is perfectly fine man dont listen to what everyone is saying.
I own a Vaio FW, and the 16:9 is actually pretty sweet. Its hard to explain, but theres nothing about it that would make you say "i wish i had a 16:10" screen. I know i never ever sat there and said that.
Have you run across any situations where the 16:9 has caused some sort of problem for you? Say a game that just wont display without squishing something or maybe web browsing where you feel like you have to scroll forever?
no i havent.
these days everything is optimized for games for example, almost all games now have an option to have both 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 Res which both are 16:9 resolutions the optimization will happen really fast and it wont end up being a big deal.