|Today, 11:21 AM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2005
Advice on a cheap, new 12 inch laptop needed
Been running an IBM X40, 12 inch screen, for many years and despite it's limitations, it's been doing the job and i have hauled it on my motorcycle and bicycle without reguard for fragility. It has done fine.
It's rinning XP Pro and if if I understand correctly the end is coming for that operating system.
I need help and advice. I don't want a physically larger machine, I am not a gamer or a DVD watcher, I am a traveler with a Verizon MiFi jet pack and 5 gigs of data to use a month. I just need to run Garmin, communicate, surf the web, and store some photos/docs...and...connect to Advrider
Any suggestions on a replacement that won't break the bank, either new or used.
I type for shit so I want a keyboard(I think).
Thanks in advance.
'02 KTM 640 Adventure-lowered
"On the road there are no special cases."
Cormack McCarthy-The Crossing
The faster it goes the faster it breaks.
And high performance=high maintenance.
|Today, 11:27 AM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Houston, TX
I'd look at lenovo if you want an actual laptop with a keyboard. The make a few models under 13" and have several to choose from in the 13" to 14" range. A tablet with windows 8 may also suit your needs if you can get by without the keyboard. Just make sure it has all of the connections you need.
My personal preference would be a macbook air, FWIW.
07 SV650s (red)
|Today, 11:44 AM||#3|
Joined: Apr 2009
Look for a Thinkpad X220. 12.5" screen, very thin, very light, has a decent battery life, runs Windows 7. You should be able to find it relatively cheaply used ($3-500 on fleabay.)
|Today, 03:52 PM||#4|
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Sonoma, Calif.
another low cost option that might work well would be a Chromebook with a light weight Linux OS like Xubuntu or Mint XFCE replacing the stock Chrome OS...an Acer w/ a 32GB SSD is $300 and the software is free. XFCE looks and feels sort of like XP so the transition would be easy and the OS works fine offline so it doesn't have the limitations of Chrome OS, also loading software, storing files, etc is not a problem
If you do go that route it would probably be best to use a LTS (long term support) version like Mint 13 XFCE (though new LTS versions will be available within a few months)
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