New laptop is up and running

Got my new laptop today around 3pm.  After spending ~2-3 hours, it’s all ready to go.  Got all the tools I use on it (VS, Perl, NUnit, Office, etc.), my enlistments to the dev and test source trees, and all the loving it could get from Windows Update.  Overall, it took less than I expected actually. 

The laptop is a Toshiba Tecra M2 with a 1.7GHz Centrino, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD, 64MB NVidia video card, and a 1400×1050 14.1” display.  It seems pretty solid but if there’s anything that you’d think could be better, it would certainly be aesthetics.  It’s basically a plain, small, somewhat thin, reasonably light box.  One of the devs on our team recently bought a PowerBook and wow is there a difference between them and the majority of the PC laptops out there.  Apple sure can make visually appealing hardware.  Their stuff just makes you want to use and play with it.  Having never used Apple hardware outside of tinkering with them at the Apple store and Apple II’s when I was a kid, I’ve always wondered if that would wear off after a while.  Probably would some, but I have a feeling a lot of it lasts.

Anyway, it’s the weekend, though outside of some pickup basketball and band practice tomorrow, there’s a ton of work for me to get done before Monday.  Off I go…

Comments (4)

  1. Andreas Häber says:

    Alienware ( makes a lot of cool-looking computers. IMO they look much better then the Powerbook from Apple 🙂

  2. Gus says:

    True. Forgot about Alienware. Though I still tend to favor the simplicity of the powerbooks. Though I agree Alienware seems to be a step ahead of the rest of the pc laptop folks…

  3. tim says:

    how are you finding the performance ?

    I just swapped from a Dell 8200 (2.4 P4) to a similar spec Tosh M200 (tablet) and was disappointed at the lack of zip….

    The tablet bit is great though, thoroughly recommended, couldnt live without that now….

  4. Gus says:

    I’m finding it great in every respect that really matters. Performance wise it seems to be very similar to my main desktop at work (3.0GHz HT Dell) and it is definitely noticeable faster than my previous laptop (Dell Latitude C400) but that was a sure thing as there’s a significant difference between the two. I haven’t done too much with it so far though but I wouldn’t say there’s a "lack of zip" at all though. Very happy with it so far. This one is not a tablet though but I’m not sure that would have anything to do with performance…