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I currently have a main work station at home which I run linux and windows xp including Apache, Mysql and Php.
I use this for all development work and has 120GB hard drive which enables me to archive everything nicely.
My question is what should I or any web developer look for in a laptop/notebook.
No need for brand names or dealers just what are the essential tools and what do others here do to manage all the data whilst mobile.
I will be working at home and at the office as in house SEO and web developer
Things I see important are:
- Good Battaries
- Wireless Card
- Dual Monitor(laptop uses another monitor side by side)
- 15" 16" display
- 30GB to 40GB hard drive
With these tools I can work at home or in the office but being 50%-50% occasionally I have something on one computer and not on the laptop.
I know I can synchronize my laptop and should as a form of good practice however some times I don't have the time or forget.
Another good way is to have my Home Workstation connected all day and use the remote access to reach files ( if I have a static IP address that is). Is this good practice?
Anyone have any tips or advice on how to go about buying a good laptop that covers our daily requirements including future technologies plus manage all the data easily between the two machines.
I use it for web development and programming. Only thing is, batt life sucks ass. I barely make more than 1 1/2 hours with it. And it weighs 10 lbs. Since I use it in the office or at home, the batt life isn't an issue for me.
Also, the video card has video out, and dual monitor support. It works well.
Laptop I currently run is a P4 2.66 gHz, 512 DDR, 64 MB ATI Radeon Go, 60 GB, 802.11b wireless. Does everything I need to it to and no major headaches as yet(except when the girlfriend tries to play counter-strike on it*grumble*)
Get a good power inverter. It is seldom that you will be more than a couple of hours without access to some sort of power whether it be trains, planes, busses or waiting around in terminals.
* gig of ram
* mobile processor (the new Pentium M's)
* fast hard drive (7200 RPM if possible)
* hi-res screen (but usable at native res)
* re-write drive (dvd if large log files)
* additional battery (if modular option)
* laptop lock (better than nothing)
* notebook cooler (if it runs hot)
My laptop feels 4x-6x faster than my desktop with a similar clock speed, yet the mobile workhorse still gets 4-6 hours of primary battery life. Tell yourself whatever is necessary to justify such a purchase. :-)
It is heavy, but it has a decent battery life (2 hours on non-conserve mode, 4-6 hours on conserve mode) and runs like a dream.
Just remember that more RAM and less Processor will give your more mileage than more Processor and less RAM.