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jccrcomputers
06-01-2011, 11:06 AM
Which laptop do repair techs here use?

I currently have an ancient Dell Inspiron 510m so I'm in desperate need of an upgrade as its slow and customers probably expect me to be using the latest tech.

I'm considering an ASUS Eee PC, but I'm wondering what others here use.

Martyn
06-01-2011, 11:09 AM
I use an Asus EEEPC 701 i bought off Ebay s/h last year.

ATTech
06-01-2011, 05:38 PM
Asus eeePC 1005HA. Put a solid state in it and upgraded the memory. When I'm at the house, it's a thin client, when I'm on a job, it's a portable server.

KM@ Dave
06-01-2011, 05:40 PM
My Sony Vaio VPCEB1S0E/WI, lovely Laptop for repair usage; especially as it has an e-sata port. Suits my needs entirely.

BuckeyeIT
06-01-2011, 05:46 PM
ThinkPad x201t, loaded up with OneNote and some other apps works great for troubleshooting and note taking.

SmithFamilyDesigns
06-01-2011, 06:37 PM
Development: toshiba p505-s8940
Portable: gateway nv201 netbook or hp dv2000 (intel)
Lounging: whatever of the 20 or so laptops I have handy

robert152
06-01-2011, 06:48 PM
I use a Lenovo Ideapad S12.

dgiles79
06-01-2011, 06:52 PM
When I'm on-site, an Acer Aspire One, Windows 7, upgraded RAM. Very portable, long battery life, works great for what I need.

SmithFamilyDesigns
06-01-2011, 08:08 PM
Which laptop do repair techs here use?

I currently have an ancient Dell Inspiron 510m so I'm in desperate need of an upgrade as its slow and customers probably expect me to be using the latest tech.

I'm considering an ASUS Eee PC, but I'm wondering what others here use.

To the op: the eee pc is a fairly decent product (as far as netbooks go). I got one for my wife upgraded to 2gb and 320gb hdd. She is rough on computers and it has been doing great for the year or so that she's had it.

ljtechservices
06-01-2011, 09:23 PM
my main desktop is a Dell inspiron 6400 running Ubuntu Linux.
I was carrying a Dell mini 9 that I had ubuntu, then OSX, and finally ubuntu for about 2 years.
Now I'm carrying a Vostro 3700 that I bought a few months ago.

TLE
06-01-2011, 10:08 PM
I use a MSI U130 when I'm out and about. I got it off ebay very cheaply as the owner had bricked it by updating the BIOS incorrectly. I had it fixed within 5 minutes of receiving it :D It's not the most powerful machine, so I put another gig of ram in it, but it runs Windows 7 nicely.

joydivision
06-01-2011, 10:49 PM
I use an Acer One. I paid £130 for it brand new last year. It came with 512MB RAM and some awful stripped down Linux. I removed the motherboard and upgraded to 1GB with a spare 512MB 4200 I had.

I have put Libuntu on it, which is a very stripped down version of Ubuntu (it is now officially part of the Ubuntu family) and it is the best operating system I've ever used ever.

It makes my Atom seem like the quickest machine on earth for general web surfing.

The good thing about my Acer is its SSD based, so it can take a lot of abuse when travelling. I use all the time at home too when in bed.

strollin
06-03-2011, 03:49 AM
I also use an Acer Aspire One that I bought refurbished (couldn't tell it from new) a couple of years ago. I maxed out the RAM (1.5G) and replaced the HDD with an SSD. It runs Win 7 Pro effortlessly and is a nice, rugged, little unit.

blackfire
06-03-2011, 08:38 AM
Sony Vaio VPCEB11FM upgraded RAM

jccrcomputers
06-03-2011, 09:30 AM
Can't say I'm convinced about the Acer Aspire One as theres so many reports of them dying when just out of warranty.

But eee PC sounds promising.

Thanks for the help guys.

strollin
06-03-2011, 11:03 AM
I just bought my wife a eeePC. The keyboard is really cheap and flimsy compared to my Acer Aspire One.

ddpc
06-16-2011, 04:53 AM
I use a HP 6730b With Win 7.

phaZed
06-16-2011, 03:49 PM
I use a asus eee 1005ha, 2gb men.. works great. I run ubuntu on it and it does everything well.

Eric_whitbypc
06-16-2011, 05:18 PM
personally i've used an original aspire one / winxp + 1.5gb ram upgrade and it was perfect if i needed anything while out onsite, its not long given up the ghost (mobo fail! :() so i've replaced it with a cheap advent verona 13.3" ultraportable. its the same size as the A4 pad i usually carry round, has great battery life and is very light and looks professional!
the best part was i bought it off ebay for £60 with a slight damaged screen and already had a new screen to fit! £200 laptop for £60! :D

geek12
06-17-2011, 12:44 PM
I use Dell Latitude for my work, because I like Dell.

PDXMicro
06-19-2011, 01:00 AM
I use my 15" Macbook Pro, 160GB Intel SSD, 80GB Win 7 and 80GB OSX - Maybe in the near future I'll get an Eee Slate EP121 - but price isn't justified right now :(

Tony_Scarpelli
06-19-2011, 07:53 PM
I use whatever free laptop I get from recycle or abandoned computers in my fix it shop. I'v never bought a laptop for myself or my business other than as inventory to be resold. My current and last three laptops have all been Duel core 2 gig, 2 or 4 gig mem.

I don't take laptops out to clients sites of work as it is too hard on them and I am not that concerned with treating them softly.

NETWizz
06-21-2011, 05:12 AM
I use whatever they buy me or whatever a vendor loans us.

Right now, I have some tablet thing from HP with an i5 and 8 GB of RAM on loan until august 15th... By then, I am sure HP (or Dell) will loan my department another... This is what happens when you order thousands of computers and are setup with a rep.

nhicktrush
06-21-2011, 06:17 AM
I'm using Desktop but really planning to have a netbook soon.. just hoping.. :)

Rob
06-21-2011, 01:46 PM
I use an old 15.4" Compaq Presario with Linux Mint. It's a workhorse and gets bashed about a bit, but it's been very reliable. I do a lot of wireless setups, and it's good to have a basic machine to test with. I tell clients if this old beast can connect successfully than anything can. I've tried using an EeePC, but I find them too small to work with comfortably.

n3m1515
06-22-2011, 01:33 AM
I use a asus eee 1005ha, 2gb men.. works great. I run ubuntu on it and it does everything well.

:D The exact setup I use. I dual boot it with XP, but rarely use XP.

datadatau
06-22-2011, 03:07 AM
MacBook pro works well since I support both windows and macs.

lewisg
06-22-2011, 03:55 AM
I use a HP Pavilion g6 as my personal laptop I use for work. Though I still prefer the dual monitor desktop they provide at work.

alex
06-22-2011, 07:10 AM
:D The exact setup I use. I dual boot it with XP, but rarely use XP.

Same thing here, though instead of ubuntu I've installed backtrack (<- almost the same :) :p ).

Kalivos
06-23-2011, 03:07 AM
Using an ASUS Eee 1001PXD, upped it to 2gb of memory from the 1gb it came with stock and currently running it with Joli OS / Linux Mint / Win 7. It gets the job done. :D

gunslinger
06-24-2011, 02:12 AM
Macbook dual booting Win 7 and OS X.

kru89
06-24-2011, 07:19 PM
Macbook Pro running win 7 in bootcamp + parallel.

stidham
06-29-2011, 07:39 PM
I've got a Dell D630. Hopefully the refresh plan will get around to me soon.

buzzcut
06-29-2011, 07:48 PM
I have an Acer Aspire 5520-5739, 2gigs ram, Win7.
Works for now!

dbdawn
06-29-2011, 09:00 PM
I have an old HP Compaq laptop, hopefully soon I will be getting a newer laptop. It will be an HP as that is what the company buys.

colonydata
07-06-2011, 08:35 PM
i have a D630 and a Asus 1005HA netbook. although i am finding that i rarely take them to a customer site. at a customer site i pretty much rely solely on my ipad.

OldSchoolPC
07-07-2011, 06:16 AM
Dell Studio 5100. 4GB Ram running Vista Home Premium 64bit. Also have Linux Mint 11 on here but rarely use. I got 2 good batteries with it, each lasts about 3.5 hours so it'll last for 2 full service calls each. It's been very good to me.

wimwauters
07-07-2011, 11:38 PM
MSI U230, 3GB RAM, triple-booting OpenBSD, PCBSD and OpenIndiana.

JW The Computer Guy
07-08-2011, 02:21 AM
Toshiba NB-305 dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows XP.

Jamie
07-08-2011, 10:50 AM
Hp dv6700 and an iPad

dh3857
07-08-2011, 01:27 PM
Dell Inspiron 15R. i5,W7

Carl
07-12-2011, 07:28 PM
Dell E6500 Corsair SSD
Considering Net-book to replace Mini-9 <cute but need more capacity>

IronSerif
07-13-2011, 06:22 PM
HP Pavilion dm3. I really want a tablet PC but the dm3 has been a work horse for me...

MisterMalware
07-18-2011, 10:59 PM
Dell E6500 Windows 7 Ultimate x64

SmithFamilyDesigns
07-18-2011, 11:14 PM
Dell E6500 Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Seeing a few people with the e6500. Makes me sad because I sold mine a few months ago (2 yr warranty left) and I miss it.

Carl
07-19-2011, 07:26 AM
The E6500 was a replacement for my Mini-9, surprised to find it soon replaced my Desktop (Dell Precision 450 - Video editing station). I got a low end one with the 8400 CPU, but all the other bells and whistles. A few months later I was asked to recommend a laptop and I pointed to mine. My client opted for a top of the line (some people just don't listen all that well). Since the only difference at the time was the processor and HDD size I couldn't resist taking the time to set the new one up with identical software - wanted to "drag race" them and see how much faster the better CPU was - I was surprised to see that the difference wasn't that much - only about 2 seconds on boot time - everything else was in the 1 second range. (Cost difference, about $300).

No Complaints at all - (OK, it would be great if it was lighter, Might pick up an Acer One - for that...) -

plushzilla
07-19-2011, 08:05 AM
I use Dell Inspiron and I am quite satisfied with its features

jenniferm
07-22-2011, 01:26 PM
I bought Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 recently. Itís a pad cum laptop. I knew that people would move to pad some day and wonít be able to get off laptop, so I took a product which is pad and laptop at the same time. I had a Dell Inspiron 1525 before that.

rjg.tech
07-22-2011, 01:50 PM
My field laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad x120e dual core 4GB memory, 320gb hard drive, Windows 7 Pro 64bit, 11.6" netbook

I got it 50% off for being a Lenovo Reseller Partner and it is the perfect size to bring to jobs.

Zratch
07-24-2011, 10:26 PM
I use a Acer Aspire 7551-2113, not the fastest but good battery life and 17.3 screen with a 320hdd, 4gb of ddr3 ram, with a 2.1ghz amd dual core (yes I love amd :) ).That's my on the road gear. Also, at least two external hard drive, 200gb each, just in case, you know.

At home / office I use a custom build phenom II X6 1090t, 4gb ddr3 1600, two 48702 either crossfire if I only need two screens or non-crossfire for more than 2 screens (currently using 3 24inches) with a gigabyte mobo, all hooked up with 5.5tb storage, and two 22x optical drive. A little overkill I know, but useful.:D

holtmichael09
08-02-2011, 03:20 AM
I'm using a Sony VPCF12AFM 4GB RAM 500GB HDD... works great when on-site

ConozoComputers
08-02-2011, 04:09 AM
Lenovo Z61t from 07. Its still very fast, sturdy, and has great battery life.

npmitsolutions
08-07-2011, 07:42 PM
I use a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21Z upgraded to 500GB HDD and 4GB RAM and Win 7 Ultimate and a asus EEE PC 901 16GB SSD and 2GB ram.

classonepc
08-07-2011, 11:48 PM
Thinkpad Lenovo T60 here :)

Nod
08-08-2011, 12:40 AM
Dell Vostro 1520 running Windows 7 Pro 32bit
Acer One running XP
For backup in case the Dell dies I have a new ASUS X52F Windows 7 home 64bit

For Home/Office I have a custom built PC which I built a few years ago. 6GB DDR2 RAM, 2.5TB, XP pro, Vista and Win7 home 64bit. Use 2 monitors 27" Samsung monitor and 19" Dell.

edtech
08-14-2011, 09:43 PM
Dell D620 with 2.5GB ram here.

angry_geek
08-14-2011, 09:55 PM
Dell Studio 15
Asus EEE
Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet

DanB
08-18-2011, 06:17 PM
Averatec 2150 (msi build your own).
12" wide screen.
I run Win7, Puppy 5 and Backtrack on it. I found I do not need processor power, but a DVD drive still is handy from time to time.

I have a Averatec 3150 that I take on Wildfires where we are working in tents and it could not be dirtier. I use it mostly to setup users, printers, check wireless signal and abuse it since 2004.

I have only stayed away from netbooks because of the short screen on the 10 inch and below.

Thedog
08-18-2011, 10:28 PM
I have:

An Ipad which I always bring (have it in a case with business & credit cards), to be honest I havent used it as much in the field as I thought I would... I use it for reference to google stuff etc.

Most cases I bring my Macbook 13" which has xp & windows 7 in parallels.

In my techbag (which is always in the car) I also have a Acer Aspire One 10" with windows 7

Benchtech
08-19-2011, 06:15 AM
A lot of netbook love in this thread, I find them hard to use having big hands with those (girly) keyboards I feel like I'm going to break them.

grayfoxcomputing
08-19-2011, 02:01 PM
I currently use a Nokia Booklet 3g running Win 7 Pro. It runs well and the shell is aluminum so it can take quite a bit of punishment. I tried installing various flavors of Linux on it but the GMA500 chipset has issues with the newer distros.

If you want to run Linux, do not get this machine as it will make you crazy. Otherwise, it's a great lug-around netbook and it gets the job done.

Vandorenion
09-01-2011, 05:40 AM
I am using Dell D600. Since I am a developer, so I find it really good for my work. Dell is offering good discounts also. So, you can go for it.

helpfixanypc
09-19-2011, 02:55 PM
I just had a new Samsung RV series and the performance of it is really good by now. Also its a High definition one and is displaying videos with a very good quality.

codegreen
09-19-2011, 06:05 PM
Wow, I'm surprised with all the netbook responses. I know they're nice and portable, but I find it hard to work with the small keyboards and screens, plus most I've tried feel a bit flimsy.

I use my trusty Lenovo Thinkpad T410. It's just the right mix of portability and power for me, and I get about 5 hours out of the upgraded nine cell battery. Plus, it's sturdy; I don't worry about damaging it when I'm on the go.

Replacemyscreen
09-20-2011, 11:23 PM
Thinkpad's have never failed me when in the field.

thaw
09-21-2011, 11:07 PM
eee pc 1000H small and lightweight especially traveling to and from manhattan

Vicenarian
09-21-2011, 11:41 PM
Toshiba NB555D netbook...love it! Feels really sturdy, quality, and has fantastic speakers. Plus, it's powered by an AMD C50 chip, so the battery life is great while being able to play full 1080p HD content easily. Runs Windows 7 great too.

CNS
09-22-2011, 04:53 PM
I can't go wrong with Dell, business laptops, specifically the Vostro Series. If you are just looking for a machine to troubleshoot, this is it!

i paid in the $300 range

BDPCR
09-23-2011, 01:28 AM
I have an Acer Aspire 5100 a client gave me that i had to purchase a Mobo for and an Inverter all together $60.00. Works well and if it breaks it was quite cheap no big loss.

ProTech Support
09-23-2011, 07:26 AM
I see how a NetBook can be beneficial (lightweight and portable), but when I need to get down to business I need a laptop lol. I was using a Dell Vostro 1700. The thing was a monster in size, but a power house.

Niva
09-28-2011, 07:56 AM
Using Acer Aspire 5740G. 15.6 screen, i3, 4gb ram.
I mainly do on-site and It's kinda pain in the ass to drag around. So I thought I'll try to find some cheap netbook.

Secc
09-28-2011, 11:41 PM
For on-site work i use Fujitsu T4010 tablet - has 2 x batteries so excellent for all day working. Dual boot Linux/XP depending on what i need to do.

Main work-horse (but don't take it on-site) is a HP DV9574. Best laptop i've ever had. I know the AGP issue with the dv9 but not had it with this. I throw EVERYTHING at this one - does it all!

Lefty
09-30-2011, 05:13 AM
A banged-up, second hand Toshiba Satellite m115 s3094. Does the job well and not too scared to dent it.

In fact I'm praying it gets run over so the wife can let me get a samsung series 9. :D

Encrypted Existence
10-03-2011, 08:47 PM
I have an HP DV7-4179nr. This definitely would not be an ideal laptop for on-site work as it is big and heavy but the machine works like a charm!

thepchero
10-03-2011, 10:35 PM
I use a MacBook Pro and also use Parallels Desktop application to run Windows XP within. Pretty awesome.

agh3
10-04-2011, 12:04 AM
Until 2 months ago, I had a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 with a 500Gb hybrid drive. Installing all the tools needed to support clients was just mucking up Win7 too much and the machine was running slower. Decision came down to what was my time worth to rebuild it given that it was a couple years old.

I decided to get current and bought an HP ProBook 4530s with a CoreI5 and 8gb ram. It's a nice laptop for the price. Battery life could be better though.

I also carry a Lenovo Ideapad S10-3 that I upped the ram and hard drive on. I learned long ago, especially when I'm visiting a client that's more than 15 minutes away to carry 2 laptops.

The netbooks are good for holding when cramped into a tiny server room or in a data center with no place to sit and the 5 to 7 hour battery life helps extend work hours between to the two laptops to 10 hours if it's an emergency.

I also occasionally carry and iPad original and also always have my Galaxy Tab 7" android tablet. These are handy for mapping wireless signal strengths and locations as well as using my ScreenConnect remote support tools and LogMeIn Ignition.

othersteve
10-04-2011, 01:55 AM
Lenovo X220:

i7-2620M
8 GB DDR3
80 GB Intel mSATA SSD + 320 GB 7,200 HDD

I love this thing. It's extremely sturdy, has great battery, and sports an amazing screen that's even visible in sunlight. It goes everywhere with me!

frase
10-07-2011, 02:37 AM
I use my ever reliable TOshiba Tecra, is old but sturdy :)

1010Computers
10-07-2011, 02:49 AM
Lenovo Thinkpad's in my opinion are very reliable computers as it pertains to hardware.

graffis42
10-12-2011, 05:52 AM
lenovo t400. i haven't found a better machine yet

TimM
10-16-2011, 06:54 AM
ThinkPad T60p. Bought 2nd hand in a hurry to replace a T60 that was stolen off the front seat of my car while I was in paying for fuel at a service station.

PaulRome
10-16-2011, 03:46 PM
Lenovo X220:

i7-2620M
8 GB DDR3
80 GB Intel mSATA SSD + 320 GB 7,200 HDD

I love this thing. It's extremely sturdy, has great battery, and sports an amazing screen that's even visible in sunlight. It goes everywhere with me!

Thats such a nice machine. I have a few lenovo's, love them.

For repairs I carry around a G560.


Best of luck

coffee
10-16-2011, 05:54 PM
I use a lenovo laptop. Its got a somewhat cheap feel to it but its a dualcore with 4 gigs ram, camera, 320 gig drive, dvd burner. Nice screen. The click buttons are kinda noisey but works for 429.oo. No complaints.

If Im diagnosing hardware I fire up a live version of Ubuntu. Works great!

orinamira
10-17-2011, 03:37 AM
I use Acer emachines D725 . not that robust for tech work but it suits my needs. i use it just for googling and testing connections.. :)

tearjerker68
10-19-2011, 02:43 PM
I use a couple of years old Flybook V5, works pretty good. Inbuilt 3g comes handy from time to time.

jamescam
10-21-2011, 03:53 PM
Just bought Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G-9694
It was pretty expensive but Acer never let me down before.

humberpc
10-21-2011, 04:30 PM
Dell Inspiron Mini 1018

Durable great performance when you update to 2GB RAM.

Though I havent used it for jobs, as I mostly do pick up repairs.

itech88
11-14-2011, 04:13 AM
I use a IBM Thinkpad T60 works great for me and very portable.

YeOldeStonecat
11-23-2011, 09:21 PM
IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for the past..6 or so laptops.
From the T20 series...to T40 series, to T60p ...and now I'm on a cheaper one, a ThinkPad Edge e420s. I've had a few little X series too.

Thinkpad laptops are like the Ford F-350 pickup truck of laptops...durable as heck.

They get tossed around, dropped, I've had one fall off a ladder from the top as I was running CAT5...hit the concrete floor..it was running, hard drive shot out (wasn't screwed in because I often swapped drives)...put the drive back in, booted up..chckdisk, back in shape and ran a couple of more years.

JustInTech
11-29-2011, 02:14 AM
I use a HP Mini 110-3538TU which is great for my needs, portable, light, great battery life and most importantly not worth much.

2GB Ram
250GB HD
Dual boot with win7 ultimate and Linux Mint 11

Cheers
JustInTech

brandonc1976
11-29-2011, 11:54 PM
I use a Thinkpad T500 laptop. Its been knocked around and keeps on going strong

agile
12-02-2011, 04:31 AM
Macbook Pro early 2008 model

abyssinian
12-10-2011, 05:10 PM
Dell e6410 i7-M620, 8gb. I am still waiting for SSD's to get cheaper. This is my one main computer used via docking station. I LOVE the ability to hit the eject button and take it with me as needed.

tim fitzgerald
12-10-2011, 05:38 PM
I carry a Dell MINI 9 32gb hdd, 2gb ram running Ubuntu 11.10. It's small easy to carry around to jobs. I also carry Puppy Linux on a usb. I have been using my Mini for three years and never wished I had brought a larger more sophisticated laptop.

TighSonaRepairs
12-10-2011, 06:54 PM
I use an acer aspire one with windows xp pro installed. 2gb RAM, does everything I need it to, and, touch wood, haven't had a single problem with it. Couldn't have asked for a better wee laptop

Mr.Mike
12-11-2011, 07:20 PM
HTC Thunderbolt w/Android. Moving to an iPad2 probably.

Niva
12-18-2011, 06:47 PM
Just ordered 11.6 inch Lenovo Ideapad S205. Had to get smaller one for on-site jobs and S205 was cheap yet powerful enough.

MrB
12-20-2011, 12:32 AM
thinkpad (x200) or macbook pro... either one and i'm happy. but really, every three years it's good to upgrade regardless so don't put too much pressure on yourself since time really flies when we're having fun at work :cool:

DSep
12-21-2011, 02:33 AM
I just got an Asus U33JC, but I haven't really had any chances to bring it on site just yet.

mason
12-31-2011, 04:05 PM
i use a Acer 4552 very nice laptop - only a 14" screen but has 6gb memory.

drickyd
03-15-2012, 03:11 PM
Visits to some of my more remote customers takes me on trips across (the Namib) desert and some very rough terrain. The conditions I work in are often very dusty, dry and hot. For years I used a Panasonic 'toughbook' recomended by an old Army buddy, but when this finally needed replacing, and because I wanted to upgrade to a newer spec, I looked around for some alternatives. I decided on a GETAC B300, which is another very rugged machine, built around a magnesium alloy case and has a shock-mounted hard drive, sealed I/O caps and doors etc, but what really sold it to me is its (optional) sunlight readable display - great for use outdoors in an African environment. So that's my ideal portable machine today, so far performing fantastically and even when my Jeep bounces over the harshest of ground I don't worry that my laptop will give up on me when I need it most - ie when I get to my customer!

So my advice is simply to go with what suits the conditions you are going to be using it in and even though you probably wont need anything as tough as the GETAC you might want to think about the times you are going to chuck the machine and its bag into the boot of the car along with all your other gear. As a road warrior who needs to rely on things working when you get to your destination, sometimes 'rugged' is better than very 'top end performance' - but of course its your choice!

marq5897
03-17-2012, 03:25 AM
Toshiba Satellite Laptop ;)

KM@
03-17-2012, 02:41 PM
I use my 13" UniBody MacBook Pro with OSX and Windows 7 installed. Battery life is great, doesn't have an eSata port which would have been handy so I use an USB IDE/SATA connector.

Lefty
03-17-2012, 06:46 PM
I now use a samsung series 3 a6 laptop with ssd and 8gb formy vms! :):):)

Rodrick
03-20-2012, 04:54 AM
I use my 13" UniBody MacBook Pro with OSX and Windows 7 installed. Battery life is great, doesn't have an eSata port which would have been handy so I use an USB IDE/SATA connector.

13" MBA with a bunch of dongles. OS X as the primary OS, Win7 both in bootcamp and parallels.

If I need anything more than that then I'm probably working here at the shop.

compnet
03-20-2012, 05:08 AM
@drickyd

About the getac, I just worked on one today, in fact a b300. The thing I found impressive was the lack of a fan - on an i7 no less. Apparently they have a crazy huge heatsink. The sun display was brighter than any laptop I've seen too. He said he got 8 hours battery life. Too bad it's a little pricey for my needs - he said it was over four thousand...

Doctor Mouse
03-24-2012, 02:12 AM
Hp Mini 110, for the road!

Mptech Services
06-20-2012, 10:42 AM
I use my amazing Dell XPS 17. i7 core processor, 16 gb of ram, two 500 gb hdd and an amazing 17' screen. Just beautiful. And it's looks amazingly professional to clients. I highly recommend to anyone.

altrenda
06-20-2012, 03:38 PM
I use my amazing Dell XPS 17. i7 core processor, 16 gb of ram, two 500 gb hdd and an amazing 17' screen. Just beautiful. And it's looks amazingly professional to clients. I highly recommend to anyone.

A nice machine, but what kind of work are you doing that needs that kind of horsepower? I see that you are opening a shop, but do you carry that to customers sites?

The XPS can run rings around the poor little Atom in my Acer netbook. I mostly use a computer on site to configure routers, test connections, and download drivers, so I appreciate the under 3 pounds 7 hours battery life and the ability to hold it in one hand while working standing up. And a lot of customers remark on my cute little computer.

Horses for courses, I guess.

And welcome to another So Cal tech.

kilonzom
06-20-2012, 10:05 PM
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14-inch Midnight Black has an i3 love it dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and win 7 came with 2 gb of ram upgraded it to 4gb swapped out the hdd for a solid state that i had in my old laptop got this machine for under 300 on amazon new couldn't be happier.

3ft
06-20-2012, 11:10 PM
My primary laptop is an Asus G74...it's a brick to carry around, but GTX560M makes me smile when taking a gaming break.

Vicenarian
06-21-2012, 12:59 AM
My primary laptop is an Asus G74...it's a brick to carry around, but GTX560M makes me smile when taking a gaming break.

haha, I'll bet. The 560M is a beast of a card. What's you battery life like on average?

Spartan PC Services
08-07-2012, 02:40 PM
Dell Vostro 1520. Had to upgrade to a Windows 7 x64 to utilize all 4 GB of RAM, but it works like a champ.

GoldTechPC
08-12-2012, 03:07 PM
for on-site work I use a Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 with an SSD installed

N E Day Pc Repair
08-24-2012, 09:58 AM
Lenovo G570 4334EGU, Intel Pentium B950, 15.6" Screen Display, Notebook With 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium is what I use, and as of now I use Office to make my invoices and work orders etc, but its alot of typing heheh.

joydivision
08-24-2012, 10:59 AM
A Medeon Atom Dual Core, 1GB RAM it is all I need for network diagnostics.

cypress
08-24-2012, 01:50 PM
Lenovo G570 4334EGU, Intel Pentium B950, 15.6" Screen Display, Notebook With 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium is what I use, and as of now I use Office to make my invoices and work orders etc, but its alot of typing heheh.

That's a good laptop. I like it.

Right now I am currently using a Dell Mini 1012 to take with me on site.

Majestic
08-24-2012, 06:18 PM
Which laptop do repair techs here use?

I currently have an ancient Dell Inspiron 510m so I'm in desperate need of an upgrade as its slow and customers probably expect me to be using the latest tech.

I'm considering an ASUS Eee PC, but I'm wondering what others here use.

HP Netbook e-350 chip with 4 gigs of ram. Slow but does the job for network configuration, wireless testing and other basic work.

angry_geek
08-24-2012, 06:31 PM
At the first of the year, I bought a Vostro V131, threw in a 128-GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. Love this machine. 8 - 9 hours of battery life and enough power to do whatever I need to, the size of an ultrabook makes it easy to haul around.

gunslinger
08-24-2012, 08:24 PM
Getting a new work laptop soon. Macbook Air 13.3", 2 GHz core i7, 256 gig SSD and 8 GB RAM.

Encrypted Existence
08-24-2012, 08:43 PM
I have an HP DV7 4109 nr and a 13" Macbook Pro (late 2011) 2.4GHz i5 8 GB. Honestly, I use the HP way more than I use the Mac. Old habits are hard to break.

gunslinger
08-24-2012, 09:30 PM
I have an HP DV7 4109 nr and a 13" Macbook Pro (late 2011) 2.4GHz i5 8 GB. Honestly, I use the HP way more than I use the Mac. Old habits are hard to break.

I had the same problem when I first got a Mac. I finally had to unplug the PCs and force myself to use the Mac for everything every day. After about two weeks I wondered why Microsoft didn't do it like this...lol


I had to do pretty much the same thing with Linux.

anonymous Mac Tech
08-25-2012, 12:04 AM
I refurbished myself a Macbook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2009) 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo/8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 / 500GB HDD 2 partitions, with one side running 10.6.8 and the other running 10.8 a few months ago. This thing is pretty much a 3 year old entry level MBPro machine, but with the RAM maxed out it serves me for what I do daily. I make myself a work (or pretty much all around) laptop out of something someone didn't want to fix (this one liquid spill and dropped) every couple years or when it's time.

DanF
08-25-2012, 01:19 PM
I rarely have to use a laptop (mobile device) during my work. Whenever I needed to, I've always used my Android phone. The only concern would be to configure network devices, and even for this, I've always used the client's computer systems.

I used to have a MacBook Pro but the VGA went bad, so I didn't bother with replacing the motherboard. Now I'm thinking if a simple Android Tablet would do the job (considering most come with a RJ45 adapter).

Anyone uses one of these?

Rob_NNCC
08-26-2012, 02:19 AM
I use my phone (HTC Thunderbolt) and a first gen EEEPC. The EEEPC us dualboot between an older version of Ubuntu and windows XP. Leaves for 8 GB Partitions but it is fine. I have aircrack-ng in ubuntu for when people forget their WEP passwords*.


*(Yes, WEP is still the primary scheme here. If you can see someone on your property (lots are pretty big) you can just get your gun, but when I can I move people to WPA not for security but for speed)

cypress
08-27-2012, 02:12 PM
UPDATE:

Just purchased the Lenovo G570 Pentium version yesterday. They had it on sale at the local Office Depot for $329.99

I will be using it for On site when needed and also running Windows 8 in a virtual enviornment. Besides that my wife will be using it for the most part for college work.

HCHTech
08-27-2012, 05:01 PM
I have a Verizon netbook (built-in aircard) I use in the field. I replaced the hard disk with an SSD, and upgraded the RAM to 2GB, so it's pretty snappy. I use it for web access when the internet is broken or non-existant, and to troubleshoot networking issues.

I used to use it to take credit cards on my merchant portal, but not since I started using Payanywhere on my phone. Frankly, I've been using it less and less - just often enough to justify the monthly charge for the aircard.

I used it the other day to prove the no-video symptom was a failed card and not the monitor. Pretty basic stuff, but useful. I love that it only weighs about 1.8# - very easy to toss in my bag.

daverichards
08-28-2012, 11:06 PM
I am sporting a Dell Precision M6500, I7 quad, 20GB ram, dual 320GB hard drives, 1GB ATI video.

Does all I need and more, but I would rather have and not need than need and not have :D

altrenda
08-29-2012, 02:33 AM
Nice machine but wow 8.5 lbs. As a mobile tech, I can't imagine lugging that around all day.
My whole bag with tools,cables, and laptop barely weighs 10.

Can I ask what you do that requires that much horsepower in a laptop?

daverichards
08-29-2012, 03:23 AM
Nice machine but wow 8.5 lbs. As a mobile tech, I can't imagine lugging that around all day.
My whole bag with tools,cables, and laptop barely weighs 10.

Can I ask what you do that requires that much horsepower in a laptop?

LOL, the power brick adds another 2.5 lbs.....

I bought it so I can develop and market virtualized solutions, I can pretty much do everything and more than I can do with my desktop.

I can setup pretty much anywhere and run my whole office, today I was running from the local library, just so I could get away from the 5 kids ;)

altrenda
08-29-2012, 03:41 AM
You really use it as a portable workstation, then. I can see where it's nice to get some peace and quiet and still have enough power to get work done.

One of the interesting things about Technibble is the varied type of people here, mobile, shop owner, consultant, part timers, etc.

I appreciate the opportunity to learn from people with different experiences, needs and solutions.

N E Day Pc Repair
08-29-2012, 07:10 AM
That's a good laptop. I like it.

Right now I am currently using a Dell Mini 1012 to take with me on site.


I can't complain, bought it at Fry's for 249.00 :P

cypress
08-29-2012, 02:33 PM
I can't complain, bought it at Fry's for 249.00 :P

What!!? Wow.

Here I am buying it at $350 with taxes included and that's because it was at $430 the week before.

Von Rutch
08-31-2012, 10:19 PM
I use a HP TouchSmart tx-2 1250ED. I think I bought it in 2009 and has a AMD Turion X2 dual-core 2,2 GHz CPU, 4 gigs of RAM and a 320GB hard disk.

I got this for my (not so official back then) business and schoolwork. It is a convertible tablet notebook with a full touch screen. I got many A's in school thanks to this puppy, because this was before the iPad launch and could do amazing stuff with it.

Customers were amazed by this notebook. I showed them things that blew their minds. It really got their attention and people still call me now and again because they recognise me with this notebook.

anonymous Mac Tech
09-07-2012, 09:48 PM
I refurbished myself a Macbook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2009) 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo/8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 / 500GB HDD 2 partitions, with one side running 10.6.8 and the other running 10.8 a few months ago. This thing is pretty much a 3 year old entry level MBPro machine, but with the RAM maxed out it serves me for what I do daily. I make myself a work (or pretty much all around) laptop out of something someone didn't want to fix (this one liquid spill and dropped) every couple years or when it's time.

Don't usually quote myself, but this is for comparisons sake. I just bought a Macbook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009) 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/8GB 1333MHz DDR3 / 500GB HDD the other day. I don't buy machines often, but this seemed like a pretty good deal once we agreed on price. Best yet, it still has Applecare until almost October of next year (which is unusual for a 3 year old machine unless it was an educational purchase?). I just replaced the top case today under warranty, while apart cleaned inside and out, and popped my drive from the 13-inch in this machine, and am typing this post on this machine. I'm going to play with it this weekend to see if I want to keep it or sell it?

This machine actually is a high end MBPro from the mid 2009 models where the 13-inch I've been using is a low end MBPro. On top of whats listed above this machine has the best GPU available then (NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512MB of GDDR3 memory) and more powerful processor (2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache) as opposed to the 13-inch (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory) and the processor (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache).
Then of course, there is the added real estate of the 15-inch screen.

I guess I'm posting this because I'm not sure what I want to do. I could easily turn this machine around for a small profit and stay with the 13-inch because even though this machine was very reasonably priced, I hate having money invested in my laptops since I usually refurbish broken ones. Selling the 13-inch is out of the question, since it was a drop/spill combination I brought back to life and while that machine is working great, from an ethical standpoint I don't sell machines I revived like this one (it would more than likely become a shop backup or loaner). Or, I suppose I could just keep both and use one at the shop and the other at home, but the home machine would sit idle a lot of times (except on weekends). I've got to admit, I'd better make up my mind quick though because this one is growing on me.

pcmac
09-07-2012, 11:42 PM
have you had any problems with Dell ?
my new Dell $1400 vostro laptop is still in warranty repair shop for mobo,screen replacement,after 2 months use , same story with my last Dell Latitude ,buying as a business doesn't get any faster response.Maybe these $300 laptops do the same job





LOL, the power brick adds another 2.5 lbs.....

I bought it so I can develop and market virtualized solutions, I can pretty much do everything and more than I can do with my desktop.

I can setup pretty much anywhere and run my whole office, today I was running from the local library, just so I could get away from the 5 kids ;)

SprinterTech-WI
09-08-2012, 12:46 AM
have you had any problems with Dell ?
my new Dell $1400 vostro laptop is still in warranty repair shop for mobo,screen replacement,after 2 months use , same story with my last Dell Latitude ,buying as a business doesn't get any faster response.Maybe these $300 laptops do the same job

I don't do dell period...... not even for servers. They give me lots of $$$ in repairs though :D

N E Day Pc Repair
09-08-2012, 02:39 AM
I was never very fond of dell, just don't like the overload of garbage they install. But ever since I found that nifty software-PC Decrapifier, ill pretty much use anything now :P

I.T. Solutions
09-15-2012, 01:20 AM
I happily use my Dell E6320 :)
prior to buying that laptop...
I used my Asus U31SD-XA1 :D

I now use my dell as my workhorse and now my asus sits pretty on my desk at my office rite above my super-awesome super-custom PC

I've never been one to like a dell but I got it at such a good price and it is special because it's also the first "asset/write-off" I purchased for my business

YeOldeStonecat
09-17-2012, 02:18 PM
have you had any problems with Dell ?
my new Dell $1400 vostro laptop is still in warranty repair shop for mobo,screen replacement,after 2 months use , same story with my last Dell Latitude ,buying as a business doesn't get any faster response.Maybe these $300 laptops do the same job

The Latitude should have next business day onsite repair. My clients that I sell the Latitudes for....it's especially handy for those clients that are far away.

I spend maybe 5 or 10 minutes in the business product support Chat window with Dell, and quickly and easily have a Dell tech dispatched and the hardware fix is taken care of.

Business desktops also get a totally different support queue...much quicker than the home users queue. Buying as business, or dealing with them as a reseller..definitely a much better support response.

It is the LEAST amount of time and effort I spend on any computer repair problems, of any brand. And I can easily get it done via online chat window...while at the office doing other things like catching up on e-mail or invoicing...or other things that I rarely have to time to do.

And Dell pays some tech to go onsite and do the job. For me, with my fixed monthly clients..makes the most sense...as I'm not spending my time doing something like break/fix, nor am I burning gas going there.

Their good Latitude models don't come with bloatware like the home grade ones do. At least if you're ordering them properly for your clients.

That said..for day to day use as an onsite computer/network tech....I still prefer a tank of a laptop...Lenovo Thinkpads.
My Thinkpads rarely get fully powered off or fully rebooted. Usually just a dozen times a day or greater...the lid get slammed shut, it gets thrown in my laptop bag still running, attached to the back of the Harley (black laptop bag in the hot sun? Oh yeah! Hefty vibrations from a big v-twin motorcycle? Oh yeah!)
Or tossed on the floor of the pickup..and off to the next location. Remote, open lid, log in....repeat cycle.
It can go for over a month or two without a proper reboot.

d0m0
09-17-2012, 09:42 PM
I have a Dell Latitude E6400. Just put in a SSD in it and now it feels like a new laptop. Hopefully will get another couple of years out of it.

And Dell business support is great. I have gotten parts for my laptop the next day via contacting them through chat.

The Silent Hobo
09-17-2012, 09:49 PM
i've been using a fujitsu T4210, with a rotating/flip screen / stylus for touch screen activities (fingers don't work at all :P), popped in a 100 gig hard drive, 1/2 partitioned with win xp (doesn't like vista or 7 for some reason) and linux mint 13, along with 3 gigs of ram. I've had no problems with this thing and it's handy and small, do need to spend some $$ and get a new battery for it, got it off ebay for $200.

TAPtech
09-19-2012, 03:01 PM
I use an Acer w500 tab with windows 8.

Battery lasts a long time, and it is great for on-site stuff. Nice and light, and it has a snap-in keyboard too.

alluseridsrejected
09-19-2012, 03:58 PM
I have always used my ibm t60, but last week my largest client just handed me a macbook air and said we want you to learn more about mac. It was ordered for the president of the company and he was not using it so they gave it to me. I told them I was starting to like them better already! :D

stidham
09-19-2012, 05:38 PM
I have a Latitude E5420 for my real job. I love it.

Vicenarian
09-19-2012, 05:53 PM
I have always used my ibm t60, but last week my largest client just handed me a macbook air and said we want you to learn more about mac. It was ordered for the president of the company and he was not using it so they gave it to me. I told them I was starting to like them better already! :D

wow! lucky guy :D

*******************

hightechrex
11-30-2012, 04:10 PM
Im currently using the Asus N56VZ.

YeOldeStonecat
11-30-2012, 07:53 PM
My Lenovo e420s just died last night. Was working late at an accounting firm, getting tired and rushed....did a quick turn around and push on a wheeled chair in front of their long table of 3 servers...and the cord got caught on my knee and pulled my laptop over. Flipped down onto the floor. Appears the SATA port died..can't get her to fire up w/drive in there. Drive tests OK in anutter rig. *sigh*

Time to go look at the new X1 Carbon or T430 models.

JustInspired
11-30-2012, 08:25 PM
I have used a Windows 7 Pavilion dm3 for the last two years.
Nice and portable and battery life is good.
With a new SSD it is a really nice little machine.
Not something I would have bought from a store but someone sold it to me at a price I couldn't refuse.

Tony_Scarpelli
11-30-2012, 08:39 PM
I myself am not a professional repair tech but I did just have a professional tech come to my home office and he was using a Dell Latitude. He suggested I switch to Dell just for their great customer support. And after seeing previous replies, I think it is definitely worth the switch.

Is this tongue in cheek? I have not heard of good Customer support with dell on laptops in about 7 years since they moved their support to India.

The best laptops are Panasonic Tough book followed by Toshiba. Sony's are good but they are a bitch to work on so you have to charge more for that. HP and Dell are bottom feeders.

PS I like IBM but they (refurbs) do not seem to sell well in my shop.

gunslinger
11-30-2012, 08:43 PM
Update


Sold the Macbook a while back. Will be getting a Macbook Air 13" as a replacement after the first of the year. 2.0 GHz core i7, 8 gigs of RAM, 256 gig SSD and I'll be dual booting with Windows 7.

SilverLeaf
11-30-2012, 10:04 PM
I'm still perfectly content with my Thinkpad T42. It's well built, upgraded hdd, memory, and battery. It still performs great (especially with linux and a lightweight DE) :).

eloria
01-11-2013, 03:31 AM
Thinkpad T420s, ssd drive, windows 7 ultimate, 8gb ram, I love it

Blue
01-11-2013, 03:58 AM
My coworkers and I have been putting a few donated Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 tablet PCs (rather, laptops with a cool swivel screen and nifty pen) to work for the past few months. I've been thrilled to have something portable with a Core 2 Duo in it, since I'd been using my personal Atom-powered Acer Aspire One netbook up to that point. Still waiting to install an SSD. Other than a few 'goofy' problems, they've been very good, reliable machines.

What do I consider goofy?
1. The batteries LOVE to fall out and hit you on the foot! :mad:
2. The screens like to go...yellowish. Great for word processing, bad for photos.
3. Poor, brittle plastic cases; thin & not reinforced where they really should've been.
4. Included security features are almost TOO good. :p

These are just personal pet peeves, I suppose. For day-to-day use by my staff, I couldn't have asked for better, IMHO.

Altster
01-11-2013, 04:25 AM
When I need to use a laptop I use a Dell Latitude D520 with XP Pro on it. It does all I need for it to do - mostly configuration of our in-house networking. I don't do outside service work so it stays with me. It's a Core2-DUO 1.66GHz with 1GB memory.

Rob_NNCC
01-11-2013, 02:56 PM
I Upgraded from an EEEPC 700 to a HP Mini 10. Love the bigger screen, the Hard drive, bigger keyboard...

It is a triboot between Win 7, Mint and Backtrack.

othersteve
01-11-2013, 03:56 PM
A Lenovo X220:

Core i7-2620M
12" IPS
16 GB DDR3 1600
240 GB mSATA SSD (OS, programs, VMs)
500 GB 7,200 RPM (storage)

I love it :D

knc
01-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Macbook pro with Windows 7 and OS X... excellent choice fro troubleshooting mac users now too...

JustCallMePirate
01-16-2013, 06:00 PM
Macbook Pro 2012 with Parallels Windows 7 as well as Linux runs terribly slow -.-

slowride326
01-16-2013, 06:35 PM
I carry a Asus X53S I7. Great laptop with a decent battery life. Also it has the full numpad which is a must for me.

Choppie
03-26-2013, 01:14 AM
Visits to some of my more remote customers takes me on trips across (the Namib) desert and some very rough terrain. The conditions I work in are often very dusty, dry and hot. For years I used a Panasonic 'toughbook' recomended by an old Army buddy, but when this finally needed replacing, and because I wanted to upgrade to a newer spec, I looked around for some alternatives. I decided on a GETAC B300, which is another very rugged machine, built around a magnesium alloy case and has a shock-mounted hard drive, sealed I/O caps and doors etc, but what really sold it to me is its (optional) sunlight readable display - great for use outdoors in an African environment. So that's my ideal portable machine today, so far performing fantastically and even when my Jeep bounces over the harshest of ground I don't worry that my laptop will give up on me when I need it most - ie when I get to my customer!

So my advice is simply to go with what suits the conditions you are going to be using it in and even though you probably wont need anything as tough as the GETAC you might want to think about the times you are going to chuck the machine and its bag into the boot of the car along with all your other gear. As a road warrior who needs to rely on things working when you get to your destination, sometimes 'rugged' is better than very 'top end performance' - but of course its your choice!

I will have to second this one.

I have a Panasonic Toughbook CF-52, 2.4GHz Core Duo P8600, 4GB ram, 120GB Intel SSD. DOES EVERY THING I NEED IT TO DO.

I can't even begin to count how many times that thing flew off the seat and slammed into the floor of my car while braking for some A... Hole that just pulled out in front of me. Carrying too much crap one day (and not using the handle that is on the laptop), it slid rite out from under my arm, and from about a 3ft DROP, it hit a cement curb at a perfect 90deg, rite on the edge of the curb where it ONLY HIT THE HINGE PART OF THE TOP or LCD!!! NOW...when I close the lid, its about 3/16ths over the edge on the right side, and the latch that holds the lid closed doesn't catch very well. So now, I just have to smack it back safely using some blocks of wood...or something. Sorry for the long story, my point is, ITS A DAM KICK ASS tool to drag round in the field. My laptop has to be a Toughbook and my watch has to be a solid Seiko dive watch, or I would have them both completely destroyed within a few months... Don't get me wrong, I BABY all my expensive electronics, I'm a fanatic about it, very anal about taking care of all my crap, including all my camera stuff...Canon 5DMKII and the list goes on, but when I get on a project, I don't want to FUSS around and be preoccupied with worrying about breaking some delicate CHEAP plastic laptop. I have a few ThinkPads like the R and T series, and also the Dell Latitudes were nice and solid, but I have to say, the crap that I see now is a joke. With my ToughBook, I open the door, toss it in the back seat and I'm off....

<\rant>

...C

DocGreen
03-26-2013, 06:36 AM
I use whatever I have at hand...

When I'm going on-site I take my Acer Aspire One 722. It's compact enough to fit inside my bag of goodies, but powerful enough to do everything I need... except read/write discs. Had to get an external USB-powered DVD-RW for that.

Right now I'm using an Acer Aspire 5535 that I like to use when I'm at home because of it's full-size... one of a few donations from clients. This client brought in 2 laptops and had me pull the drive from this one to fix another. New LCD and HDD later and I've got myself a working laptop. I've got an HP dv5 that I acquired the same way... unfortunately it's in pieces in a box, LOL.

xpert71
03-26-2013, 09:11 AM
macbook pro 13 mid 2010(750gb hdd,8gb ram)

ohio_grad_06
04-01-2013, 12:09 AM
Personally I've got an old acer aspire 5520. Customer had it and just wanted the data. She brought it in with a cracked screen and had already bought a new one at best buy, didnt care what I did with it.

I actually needed a laptop and had an old dell on hand with a good screen but motherboard was shot. Eyeballed it and the screen was close enough I fit the dell screen into the acer. Actually had to swap the bezels around the panels themselves, but upgraded from 1 gb of ram to 4, bigger hard drive and works great. Got an Athlon dual core in it. Has nvidia graphics that seemed to have heat issues, but repasted the gpu and it seems to work better now. For free I could not argue.

freeman
05-01-2013, 02:15 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite ready to go with me every time I'm on the road.
Excellent battery life, and it's packed with goodies.
It also features a multi OS boot sequence which can be very helpful

SAG
05-01-2013, 02:33 PM
I'll chime in.
Fujitsu Lifebook T101
Macbook Pro (Late 2008)
Older white Macbook (2GB Ram Windows XP)
Lenovo Thinkpad
I even have an old Asus netbook in the trunk in case I forget to bring one of the bigger ones.

All have been updated with SSDs and 8GB Memory - it's just one of those things I do. I'll grab whichever is closest to me as I head out the door.

Coastalbendcomputers
05-01-2013, 03:20 PM
I carry an Asus Zenbook no reason except I already had it for personal use.

MJS051
05-04-2013, 04:27 AM
Lenovo Thinkpad X120e
320 GB HDD
4 GB RAM
Windows 7 Pro

Small enough to be portable, large enough to not be annoying to use (like a netbook). I'm considering swapping out the HDD for an SSD. Very easy to disassemble for service if it ever needs it, which it hasn't in the 2 years I've owned it.

PsychoPC
05-13-2013, 04:22 AM
I use;
Laptop
HP G42
8Gb Ram
320Gb 5400Rpm HDD
Win7 HomePrem 64bit

Tablet
HP Touch Pad 32Gb
Dual Booted to Android ICS

PsychoPC
05-13-2013, 04:27 AM
Lenovo Thinkpad X120e
320 GB HDD
4 GB RAM
Windows 7 Pro

Small enough to be portable, large enough to not be annoying to use (like a netbook). I'm considering swapping out the HDD for an SSD. Very easy to disassemble for service if it ever needs it, which it hasn't in the 2 years I've owned it.

I have been thinking about upgrading to SSHD as well. I know they are immune to movement damage, but how to they effect battery life? I did some searching and the results are that they only barely give better battery time and it really depends on the model. Anyone have any personal experience? Also a place to get a 128Gb or larger for decent price would be good haha.

angry_geek
05-13-2013, 04:33 AM
I have a crucial m4 in my v131. The thing already got 8 to 9 hours, so I didn't notice any difference. It also has 16 GB ram. I absolutely do not store any important data on it.

SunBreeze
06-07-2013, 02:00 AM
Currently using an Apple Macbook (Mid 2010) it kind of ties in as my personal laptop. I use my bench rig for most things anyway but I need to get a laptop for work.
I'm thinking about a Lenovo.

nikdouv
06-09-2013, 10:29 PM
I use 2 laptops for work:
1. Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi 1536 12",750 GB, Windows XP
2. Lenovo SL 510 15.6", 6GB RAM,HDD 500 GB,Windows 7 64bit

Krynn72
08-06-2013, 04:58 AM
I use a Thinkpad T61. Used to have an SSD in it, then I decided to use the SDD elsewhere. The laptop is pretty old, but its a reliable beast. Can leave it with confidence running overnight or several days if needed.

I also have a custom built desktop running linux that I use for hard drive testing, data recovery, and other various tasks.

altrenda
08-06-2013, 05:46 AM
I am to the point where hardware doesn't impress me much. I spend so much time using other peoples computers that they all seem the same.

In my car I carry an old Acer netbook, a black macbook with Win 7 in a VM and an iPad. I take whichever meets the need of the moment.

anonymous Mac Tech
09-27-2013, 09:58 PM
(08/24/12)
I refurbished myself a Macbook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2009) 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo/8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 / 500GB HDD 2 partitions, with one side running 10.6.8 and the other running 10.8 a few months ago.

(09/07/12)
Don't usually quote myself, but this is for comparisons sake. I just bought a Macbook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009) 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/8GB 1333MHz DDR3 / 500GB HDD the other day.

Update:

Just quoting myself again to see how often I switch machines. Fun keeping this thread going just to see our patterns for personal rigs.

Just picked up a current model Macbook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012) 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 (Quad Core) / 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (soon to be 16GB) / 750GB HDD with over 2 years of Applecare left. Machine is a little rough, but just needs some TLC which I've been giving it. Definitely worth more than what I paid for it. This one has the higher end graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB VRAM) like my last one did (NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512MB VRAM).

I've been beating myself up all week about putting my Macbook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009) up for sale (especially since the thing is new condition with all the parts I got for it), but finally decided I'll sell the unibody Macbook (13-inch late 2008) my significant other is currently using and hand this over to her and just both of us share this machine at home. Also, be a great backup for me.

Jwbelangia
09-27-2013, 10:05 PM
Currently Running a Dell N7010 with 8 GB and a 600GB HDD. I5 processor loaded with Windows 8.

Windows 8 lets me use Virtual Manager for testing, and is not prone to some basic viruses like the FBI Virus. It just cannot start up(the newer FBI Virus can).

I suggest having speed balanced with a large(either external or internal) HDD for data backups, Testing, and data recovery/Images. Other than that any laptop will do as long as its not holding you back.

wimwauters
09-28-2013, 03:23 PM
I get involved with routers & switches, so how about a laptop with serial port, 802.11n, GPS and HSDPA?
... And it can survive falling of a rack :cool:

http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/06/itronixs-semi-rugged-gobook-vr-2-gets-a-day-job/

... And mounts to your car:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/General-Dynamics-Itronix-Vehicle-Dock-for-GoBook-VR2-and-GD6000-50-01990-002R-/200953029206?pt=Laptop_Docking_Stations&hash=item2ec9bbe256

shiham
10-29-2013, 10:19 PM
im using a macbook air 11' . i5 with parallels .

TazUk
10-30-2013, 12:59 PM
Sony VAIO VPCSB1H7E, replaced the standard 128Gb SSD with a 256Gb SSD which was more work than expected due to Sony using a non standard drive, interface :rolleyes:

MotzTech
10-30-2013, 06:49 PM
I use a Dell Latitude 10. Technically not a laptop, but with a full version of Windows and a full size USB port, it might as well be. It's small enough to carry around everywhere I go, but big enough to give presentations in one on one meetings.

HarrisF
11-03-2013, 01:56 AM
I'm using DELL. It works very well for my needs.