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Dell sent me an Inspiron 630m. Yay, shiny. The specs online say it's supposed to be heavier than the 600m. But when I picked it up, the 630m somehow felt lighter even without anything attached in the 600m.

I've been reading bad reviews of the VAIOs. I may keep my 630m afterall, but I keep flopping back and forth on that. For every recommendation of a good lightweight notebook that I get, I read/hear at least a few others that say "don't EVER get that!". userinfoThe Husband, his Boss Lady and Boss Man, just about spat blood at the suggestion of an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad. =P

But here's the huge disadvantage of invoking your warranty and making them send you something new: you have no choice as to what they're giving you. They're only obligated to send you the same thing or a better, but comparable model, subject to availability. Whatever they have is whatever they're giving you. You may not like it. I even tried to trade down. I asked if I could have an Inspiron 330m. No kewpie doll.

I hate the screen on the 630m. It's exactly what I would avoid if I were buying something anew. I've never used one for any extended period of time, but from casual use, I tend to hate the 1.6:1 screen ratio (kinda-widescreen proportions). I get this weird "low ceiling" or "glass lid" feeling that drives me blazing loony.

And The Peanut Gallery can shut up about me being blazing loony anyway, uh-kay? XD

The other thing is, I hate the fucking fingerprint magnets reflective screens for the ghosting of the reflection when there's a large black window like I'm apt to have - I use the Command Prompt and CygWin a lot; I SSH here, there and everywhere.

I'll give it a fair try though and see how I react to it once I start using on a long term basis.


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Mar. 21st, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
I heard that the components in the unit were packed in way too tight and that causes problems. The gist of it was it doesn't take much movement for things to get jostled and broken in a VAIO.
Mar. 24th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Command prompt sucks.

cygwin++. It's neat.

My Vaio was great. Older one though. PCG-XG29. STOLEN. IMPORTANT PROJECTS ON IT.

No kewpie doll?

Mar. 24th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
> Command prompt sucks.

Totally agree. You need to learn how to manipulate it to do what you want though >=}

> No kewpie doll?

North Americans have county fairs where there are skills games set up that people can win prizes, like throwing darts at balloons or shooting ducks moving around with pellet guns, etc.

In the old days, when men won, they were given a cigar as a prize. This is where the saying "close, but no cigar" comes from. =)

When women won at one of these games, they're given a kewpie doll (Google Images has lots of pics).

It was my lame attempt at being punny. =S
Mar. 24th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
OOPS, I got you mixed up with one of the European guys on my F-list. I didn't mean to sound smarmy there, sorry! =P
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm loving my ThinkPad. The warranty totally rocks - my hard drive spontaneously combusted (not really, boot sector died) last Monday, no problem, another hard drive was on my door step the next day.

This is my third TP - the first one I had was my corporate laptop when I worked for Big Blue.
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Hmm... interesting, thanks =)
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