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#1 Regert



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:28

Due to me both needing a newer laptop, and since the upgrade plans for the one I have failed a bit (wrong memory, pls see this thread http://www.neowin.ne...#entry596539953) I'm planning on getting a "new" used or refurbished laptop. 


Wny not new: Well, new is alot more expensive with the specs I'd like to have. 


I have at the moment a Dell E4300.I like it, but it might be a bit heavy. I will be both working and studying as well as doing some everyday commuting between two towns (30' - 1 hour one way). 

 I need the computer both for work and for studies. 

The computer will be used for 

 - work (via Citrix & other virtualisation)

 - surfing

 - writing,

 - reading large (really large) PDF's and commenting.

 - GIS & statistical related task is necessary.

Probably I'd like the computer to be able to connect to a high-rez screen. At least one or two 1080 screens would be nice, but one 1920 x 1200 is also fine. The main dilemma is that getting something light but big and powerful enough to work with big loads of information that is very portable at the same time is hard to find, if not an oxymoron.


What I have in terms of extra hardware for upgrades: I have 1333 MHz DDR3 SO-DIMM modules 4+4 GB 1.5 V Corsair Valueram. I also have have a 16 GB 1600 MHz SO-DIMM pair of the same series. Also there is a Crucial MX100 256 SSD on the way. 


The computers I am trying to choose from are


 Thinkpad X200s (1.86 GHz CPU) (Has Wwam module)

 Thinkpad X301 (1.4 GHz ULV CPU) (No Wwan module - is it hard to install one?)

 Hp 2740/60p - (nice but expensive)


Also I have been looking at, buth they are not so light (over 2 kg/4-5 lb) and no Wwan module.


Toshiba Satellite L755D-14M  A8-3520M APU, 8 GB ram, Dual Graphics

Thinkpad t61p (FX520M)

Thinkpad R400 (Some older radeon).


 Which of theese might be a good alternative do you think? Or should I just stick to my trusted Dell and just upgrade?