I am finally a mobile warrior

24 Mar
2008

Its taken me roughly four months to get here, but three days ago my notebook finally arrived.

I looked for a long time for a notebook with the following:
1. SSD
2. 13.3″ max screen / < 4 lb (basically not too bulky).
3. Docking station
4. A powerful enough gfx card that wouldn't choke on powering dual 20"+ (1600 res) monitors.

Lots of notebooks came close, but unfortunately none sealed the deal. Turns out to make the notebook under 4 pounds requires removing the circuitry that allows you to dock - oh dear. And USB docks are horrible – never get them.

So the specs (click):

So now its all nicely tied in. I can undock my notebook, and all my work is with me. I come home, pop it in, close the screen, and I have a 21″ + 22″ widescreen, with my speakers, printer, mouse, keyboard, keyboard (yes I have two connected, don’t ask why heh) all connected and ready for use. Pop the phone into the cradle and voila contacts notes all synched (I do have bluetooth I just haven’t tried using it yet). I’m not even using a wired connection into the dock – Wireless N powers me here – so bringing it with me into the living room is absolutely cake.

Oh and if you travel, definitely get the ‘slim-adapter’ (if they over it). So much less bulky and (with Dell at least) a lot more connection options (airplane, car, etc).

I’m also trying to get used to Office 2007, odd little creature it is.

7 Responses to I am finally a mobile warrior

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Andre

March 24th, 2008 at 10:41 am

laptops slow down with multi displays?

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Ahmed

March 24th, 2008 at 10:48 am

If the gfx card isn’t powerful enough it can struggle doing 1600×1200 res on two monitors.

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Ties

March 24th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Been mobile for some time now, the only thing i’m not really using is the mobile high-speed internet, umts. Don’t know why, i gues zero appeal.

On office 2007, it’s great, liking it a lot,

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TOMAS

March 24th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Congratulations on the new purchase Ahmed! You should post a photo of your setup for all to see, it sounds quite elaborate! As for Office 2007, I have it installed but haven’t played around with anything other than Excel which I’ve come to abhor (just sticking to previous version for now).

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Ahmed

March 24th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Thanks Tomas :)

Right now the office is a mess. 2 notebooks, a tablet, a computer, 3 LCD monitors, 4 keyboard, 4 mice, etc etc – it’s a wreck!

I’m moving early May – once I’m moved in and I have it all cleanly organized I will post a picture then :)

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TOMAS

March 24th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Wow, moving again – you are the epitome of the “mobile” entrepreneur! :D Very well then, can’t wait to see the home office setup once you’re all settled in. :)

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Ahmed

March 24th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Indeed quite the warrior eh? :)

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