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Have the hardware vendors got lazy? Have they just conceded all innovation to Apple?
My laptop is nearing the end of its useful life for me. It's a good machine, but is nearing the time when the battery won't take a charge (again), the OS will need a re-install, and the touchpad is getting flaky. I could fix these things easily enough, spending a day or two on it along with a few hundred dollars -- but tossing a bunch of cash at a 4 year old machine isn't smart.
Here's the problem -- there doesn't seem to be anything really compelling on the market. There are plenty of laptops out there, and for the money they've got plenty of power -- but none of them seem to have any real innovation in any way that's meaningful. They're all high gloss unless unless you special order, and just full of bullshit things that don't work.
Apple has some nice looking products, but most of my work would require emulation -- and I've been burned by every Apple product I've ever owned being too quickly obsolete. Going to 64 bit will be nice, so I can use the extra memory -- but then again, I'll need almost twice the memory just to stay even with where I am now. Battery life isn't improved since the last time I bought one. Weight and physical size isn't any better than last time I bought one (unless you want something totally silly). Input devices aren't any better since the last time -- hell, they aren't even putting multi-touch touchpads in them from what I've seen.
Dell, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo -- would it be so hard to come up with something new and interesting? Here's what I want:
Intel Core i5 or i7 (preferably)
15.4" (matt) wide screen at 1440x900 native resolution (any higher res and I can't read it)
External USB 3.0 ports (yes, 3.0)
External eSata Port
Built in high density SDCard reader
802.11 N, G, B wifi
10/100/1000 Full Duplex Ethernet
External DVI Port
4 GB Ram - expandable to at least 8
Battery that isn't oddball shaped so you can't carry a spare
Secondary Hard Disk INSTEAD of a cd/dvd reader (obsolete)
Oh, I'd love that in a thin package that can convert to a tablet please.
I'll be waiting.
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