I'll start by answering the general questions, but my title speaks for what I'll be going into:
1) What is your budget?
$2000 + up to another ~100-300 for port replicator
2) What size notebook would you prefer?
a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Email, database work, scheduling, CAD, watching movies
perhaps some 3D modelling with solidworks
4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
moving around but I want to use a port replicator / dock and connect my two 19" LCDs and my logitech dinovo bt desktop to it
This dock bit is very important to me as I love my dual display setup.
5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
9) What country are you buying this in?
10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
Glossy but if its matte it's not a huge deal
Build Quality and Design
13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
14) How long do you want this laptop to last?
3 years as a minimum
15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 120GB?
16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
1GB of Ram as a minimum
No preference to the type of video card used
Last edited by simon0t7; 10th June 2006 at 04:10 PM.
Re: Laptops with Port Replicators for Dual Display
something like the dell d620 or the hp nc6400 will probably have port replicators...not 100% sure though. also, they have matte screens. also, the toshiba tecra a6 is worth a look...though i don't know if their build quality is as good.