DELL Inspiron 1150
DELL Latitude D830
HP Compaq NC6320
HP Compaq NX6325
HP Compaq NX8220
Compaq Presario V5155EA
Toshiba Satellite 30M
There are three issues with picking one of these, based on my requirements.
1. They are 15" desktop replacements. I have an 8-core system in my studio so instead I want a portable 11-12" laptop that can still crunch bigger Reaktor patches. On the rare occasion I need to, I will carry a second monitor. The rest of the time it will be a handy note-taking and web browsing device. I've tried a 14" and that is too big. I've tried an 8" netbook and that is too small.
2. I require a fairly powerful CPU for Reaktor, which is why I am not keen on buying an old single-core sub-laptop and hoping the chip will be up to snuff. Because it won't be. If I was simply tracking audio that would be a different matter.
3. I need FireWire to support my amazing RME FireFace 400. But it surely seems like that port has been phased out, along with PCMCIA and ExpressCard, so it's not even possible to fit an adapter.
4. Yes, it would also be nice to be able to afford such a thing. With generic laptops going for 300 quid and sub-notebooks at 500, it is annoying that none of them seem to have a port I can use.
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