Day before yesterday, I bought a brand new laptop. This will be the first brand new computer I’ve bought in 7 years. My venerable Inspiron 3800 ran Win2k, XP, Redhat 7, Knoppix 3 and Ubuntu 6. I upgraded its RAM, upgraded its HDD, gave it 802.11g and replaced a cracked screen. Its DVD drive is broken, its USB port is sketchy and the battery is unchargable and exhausted but it has served me well. Seven years is a mighty career for a laptop! But now, I must move on.
Now, I know that some of my tiny audience out there will look over the specifications and the price for my Darter Ultra and say I got a bad deal. For example Dell’s offerings appear to be cheaper but this is rather deceptive.
- They both have the same CPU and RAM
- They the same GPUs
- They have similar optical storage
- They have the same harddrive
- They also have similar support and warranty
- The Inspiron’s screen is about 5 cm longer in the diagonal than the Darter but they both support the same resolution depth
- The System76 masses half a kilogram less, has a built-in webcam (I don’t think I’ll need it.), supports megabit ethernet and a slightly longer battery life due to the smaller screen. I think this is what I’m paying for.
I can already hear the smirking from Bakafish: “But you can get all that in a similarly equipped Macbook for a similar price ($1,674.00)! And duh, it’s a Mac!” To which I reply, if I get Apple hardware at all, it’s gonna be the cheapest they sell. What–600 bucks for a Mini? As far as toys are concerned, Apple is way down my list.