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Old 08-23-2007, 04:33 PM
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Default My ideal laptop

My laptop rant:
  1. No Vista. Get back to an OS that (mostly) works (XP).
  2. Rubberized finish. I am fed up with materials and finishes that look great when you get them, but look badly uses six months later. In particular, no more faux chrome that rubs off to reveal plastic underneath. A rubberized finish would wear better and be less prone to showing dents, scratches, etc. A laptop is made to move around - so build it as if it's going to be moved!
  3. Instant-on. If I had a nickel for every minute I've wasted waiting for my laptop to boot/return from the dead (hibernation), I'd be a wealthy man. I want a laptop that will boot as fast as my television. Period.
  4. Useful buttons, ergonomically placed. I want buttons for MUTE, volume up/down, WiFi on/off, Bluetooth on/off, and screen brightness up/down. I don't want any Fn key nonsense. I want dedicated keys.
  5. Cooling. You could fry an egg on my laptop, and it sounds like a 747 taxiing down the runway at D/FW. Find a way to get the heat out without blowing hot air on my leg. I could care less about A/C power consumption (although I do care about battery life!), so build something that will keep the heat down!
  6. Power conservation. Saving battery power is great - as long as you give users choices. I want the choice to clock down my CPU - not an executive fiat. I'm a graphic designer. The speed step junk forces me to demo my work tethered to my power supply. Not cool.
  7. Dual audio outputs with independent volume controls. For sharing/demoing in noisy environments.
  8. Better display technologies. I know LCDs are the 'industry standard,' but if DLP is all that and a side of fries, why hasn't anybody thought to put a DLP in a laptop? Or at least some other kind of light source that won't suck a battery dry?
  9. Better audio. My laptop is to my desktop what a Victrola is to a Bose 5.1 speaker system. There's GOT to be some way to generate better audio. Barcus-Berry had something interesting 15 years ago - a transducer hooked up to a plate, with the transducer producing - not recording - sound. Might be a great way to use a laptop surface as a big woofer.
  10. Biometrics. The fingerprint scanner should NOT be an option, but a standard feature. If it were standard, maybe the credit card companies would wake up and smell the security advantages.
  11. No crapware. It generally takes me a day to remove all the 'helpful,' 'useful,' and 'vital' stuff added to a new laptop. If you're gonna have to load the hard disk with crapware, at least make it one-button easy to delete the stuff. AND DON'T CRAPIFY THE REGISTRY WITH THE FREEBIES!
  12. When you bundle software (Symantec, Office, etc.) with laptops, please give customers the opportunity to order without it. I know your deal with Microsoft means you MUST sell a laptop with an OS. There's no excuse for not letting me opt out of Symantec's stuff.
  13. More connectors. USB. Firewire. Video. You name it. More is better.
  14. When I use two monitors, I'd like the computer to remember WHERE I place the external monitor. My wife likes her second screen above her laptop - not beside. She has to reconfigure it EVERY TIME SHE BOOTS.
  15. Retractable cords. If you're gonna sell an AC cord with a brick the size of two sticks of butter, go ahead and bite the bullet - add a cord retractor for the laptop side, so we can do something about the cord mess.
  16. Docking stations standard. Everybody needs one. Few have them. Make them standard.
  17. Auto-detect external keyboards for NumLock settings. Nothing cheeses me off like going mobile and realizing that I need to flip the Fn/NumLock madness.
  18. Batteries. You can't tell me that what is essentially a bunch of AA Lithium Ion batteries strung together in a custom plastic case is worth $100 for an extra battery pack. Get real.
  19. Size. Smaller. Thinner. Lighter. 5 lbs is heavy for anything not classed as a 'desktop replacement.'
  20. Memory. For hard disks, faster is more important than bigger. For RAM, more slots (so we can go waaaay past 2GB) is essential.
  21. Cost. $1K is the goal. Under $1500 is the sweetspot.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:24 PM
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I really like desktop replacement Laptops. I currently have a 17" Toshiba Satellite that weighs almost 10 pounds. I didnt buy it because I need a super portable laptop...just for the convenience of carrying it from room to room.

I would buy another monster of a laptop...but I would request that it have as much as a desktop would have! Max out the Video card and the sound card. As many video and audio outputs as possible!

Laptops dont always need to sit on your lap. I wouldnt bring a monster laptop to a park...or on a plane, but sometimes they're worth the convenience of just being able to carry from the office to the living room and have all the power you'd expect from a desktop.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:34 PM
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I'll chime in with my own feedback: battery life, battery life, battery life.

That's my #1 feature in any laptop. HP could make one decision that could change everything: when they design a laptop with enough space for an optical drive (ie: all but the thinnest, lightest notebooks), make sure that the optical drive is removable and the user can put a drive bay battery in there. Having an option for a secondary battery gives battery-centric users such as myself an option to add something that will give a 40-60% boost to overall battery longevity. It's optional, so only users that are willing to put up with the added cost/weight would need to use it, but by having the option there HP would be giving me the ability to have a battery that lasts extra long.

I loathe those "hump batteries" and am rather grumpy that I'm having to get one on my forthcoming Dell XPS M1330. A laptop should be sleek and self-contained, not have a battery sticking out it's rear.
 
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:04 PM
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Oh, and I forgot to mention - put the extra software crap on a CD and let the user decide if they want to install it. Save me the effort of removing all the preloaded junk.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:19 AM
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I would love to see better prices. I usually bought an HP laptop since they were always pretty durable. When buying my current laptop, I was able to get a Gateway with way better specs for $200 less BEFORE rebate! I use to think Gateway computers were rubbish, but after having this for 8 months it has been the best laptop I ever owned!

Also, I would like to see better paint on HP laptops. With my last laptop, I wore all the paint off where my wrists would sit after a few months.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:12 AM
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i've been using an HP DV4129us for almost 3 years now and most of the problems that i have with it have been fixed in later models but i'll list tohem to make sure they stay:

- center the touch pad with the spacebar to reduce accidental usage while typing
- volume keys on the quicklaunch should display current volume levels
- noiseless keys on keyboard
- noiseless mouse keys

most of all for a new feature i want to see:
- easy upgradablility (processor, HDD, RAM, Optical Drive, Monitor, Graphics, Sound card, bluetooth, wireless) pretty much anything that is upgradeable in production able to upgrade for the unfaint of heart)
- rubber or other material keys on keyboard to reduce wear that is easily seen on plastic keys
 
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:56 AM
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i'd like HP to come up with a 12.1" or 13" widescreen laptop that's ultraportable as well as a desktop replacement just like dells old XPS m1210..it packs nvidia go 256mb discrete graphics card!

Also consider doing a laptop with a slot loading drive like macbooks and xps m1330, so you could save some weight by doing that (but drive is expensive to replace and repair, so this is not on top of my list)

I use HP's pavilion zv6000 for 2 years now, and so far, it has never gave me a problem, just that the battery somehow died on me, mysteriously...never mind, i'm getting a new one before the year ends, and im looking into Dell and HP's small form factor laptops that can also be used as a desktop replacement.

My sugestions would be:
  • Powerful and dedicated graphic cards. Even in your 14" line
  • Size and screen options like 12" ultraportable and probably an "elite" series like Dell's XPS..
  • In the hardware, I think HP's got it all covered..
  • The piano finsih is sweet to look at, but i like a matte silvery or black finish like my zv6000 since it's resistant to fingerprints
  • can a free keyboard cover be included i have dusts under my keyboard for 2 years of use, i just use a blower on them...but it would be better to cover them up..
  • More options and more laptop line!
that's all
 
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:27 PM
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I have a TC4400 tablet PC for work. Love it, but it could use a bit of work. I'd like to see the following:

Wide Screen:
It would be nice if there were a wide screen tablet. The TC4400 is very small, so I can carry it to meetings and stuff, but when in tablet mode, it would be nicer to have the longer screen. A 15.4" screen makes for a nice writing area...

Faster PC:
The TC4400 has a 2gHz Core2Duo processor, but something in the make-up of this thing is dragging its performance into the gutter. It really stinks! The drive is slow (could be part of the problem), and the processor feels as though it really could use a lot more punch, even with my 2GB of RAM...

Better Screen Resolution:
The TC4400 only sports 1024x768 resolution on its very small LCD screen. In today's laptop market, It would be nice to have 1280x1024 resolution on this screen (without the panning...I HATE screen panning!!). I use it mainly for meeting notes, documentation and e-mail, and usually run those at full screen (so no need to tile or view the contents of really small windows), and ClearType does wonders for you when you're trying to view documents on a small screen...
 
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Old 08-25-2007, 12:58 PM
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Default Just make it reliable

I work as an engineer for a big international company and have been using an IBM R50p for over 3 years. My company rolled out the HP NW8440 and NW9440. I could have upgraded, but I didn't for a couple of reasons. 1. I was waiting for Vista. 2. I didn't like the square front edge where my wrists would rest. 3. There didn't seem to be much of a performance improvement. 4. I like the ThinkVantage software suite and the FN+key features of the R50p. It's been great for regularly updating drivers. I have access to a dedicated IT department, but only use it when I need it. Most of the time, I manage my own laptop performance as best I can. I've only had to reformate once in 3 years. Unfortunately, with all the different software packages I have loaded, I have close to 100 processes running, but the R50P remains stable and reliable, and fast enough for what I need. A total of 4 USB ports would have been nice though.

I use Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Solidworks, and software packages specific to my daily work.

The one item that I would have loved to have been included was a PC Card wireless presenter remote simialar to the HP Bluetooth mouse: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/q...12618_div.HTML

I give presenations regularly internally and externally to customers, and it would be great to just pull out a dedicated presentation remote. This would be a great item for business laptops, but not needed for personal users.

I haven't gotten the mouse, because I like a full size mouse when I'm working in my office, and I'll manage with the laptop touch point device in the center of the keyboard or the touch pad. Please keep both devices as it's really nice to use both.

I bought a desktop replacement Dell Precision M90 for my wife to use with the Adobe CS2 software she uses. It's a very nice laptop, and fast! It's also heavy and puts out enough heat that she complains, but she wanted a big screen. It is quite though.

I think the R50P with the smaller screen is nicer for travelling with, along with the small power supply block.
 
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