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Thinking of getting a laptop. Suggestions welcome.

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I do currently have a laptop, but it's second hand and the battery life is awful.

The major deciding factor is battery life.

I don't care what the hardware is (well, I wouldn't exactly like a P1 with 64MB of ram either), as long as I get the best battery life possible.

I will NOT be gaming either; just for internet browsing and coding.

So, I guess I'm looking at an atom-based laptop, an eee-pc, or the lowest-power-consuming core2 based laptop, unless there are any other options.

I'm not sure of a budget, as I don't want to limit suggestions, as I have no experience with laptop pricing. I'm making the assumption that low-performance laptops will be cheap-ish anyway though.

I guess the only hardware requirements are an ethernet port and a USB port. I'm under the impression that OS's (ubuntu at least) can be installed off thumb drives, so a CD drive isn't necessary. As it will have ubuntu on it, memory shouldn't be a problem.
post #2 of 7
For just browsing this is probably the closest competition for Asus EEE pc

http://www.everex.com/products/cloudbook/cloudbook.htm

Im gonna guess that it has good battery life and it retails for $399 USD not sure if it available in the UK
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Reviews show that EEE pc gets 2 hours, and cloudbook gets 3.5hours. So, cloudbook seems better, but am wondering if there's better battery life out there? I'm not necessarily looking for small form, as bigger forms have bigger batteries.
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I've done a bit of reading about, and might change my request slightly, to the cheapest laptops with a 12-cell battery (NOT on sale/rebate).
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most laptops you buy can be upgraded to a 12 cell if that is your issue...
    
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sony vaio TZ or toshiba R500.....with teh standard battery u can get upwards of 6 hours. now theres the question of "if you can fit it in your budget".
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That's kinda too much. I've looked at Dell, and I can get a cheap ass Inspiron with a T5550 for £400, and can get a bigger Dell battery off ebay for £60, so I think that might be what I'll end up with.

I'm still looking at what other brands have to offer.

EDIT: Actually, does a T5550 (C2D, 1.83GHz) consume significantly more power than a Celeron 550 (2GHz)?

If so, where does a Pentium T2370 (1.73GHz) fit in?
Edited by thealmightyone - 6/9/08 at 11:45am
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