The Great Laptop Hunt

Been thinking of upgrading my pc lately… but instead of getting a desktop, i thought of getting a laptop since WLAN’s so readily available these days.  Might as well get something portable so i can start blogging from coffee joints or something right?  That would be cool.  (I enjoy being a geek on weekends).

Had my heart set on the Lenovo Thinkpad X60 but nearly suffered a heart attack after seeing its price tag of S$2,999 at the pcshow over the weekend.  A old friend from singnet recommended his vendor to me… and the vendor quoted me S$2,700 for the same model.  Still steep by my standards… sigh… though the X60 was quite the dream notebook – ultralight at 1.5kg, long batt life of up to 5 hrs (verified by my boss who’s using this same model), fast processor, etc.  Only drawback was that it was kind of ugly lah.  Plain, black, uninspiring little machine.

After hearing about my price concerns, the vendor suggested that i checked out the latest Macbooks that run on Intel chips, as they could be installed with a dual boot function, allowing a user to use Windows OS on the Macbook.  Sounded good i thought… so i trotted down to the Mac shop after work today.  Hmm… i thought i would fall in love with the white glossy finish of the Macbook.  But no leh.  Wasn’t very impressed with it… if anything, the Mac OS itself irritated me ‘cos i knew i would never be bothered to switch from using the Windows platform.  Plus the keyboard, with its wide-spaced keys weren’t easy to use either.  This was 1 keyboard that i couldn’t type with my eyes closed and get all the words correct.  Amazing.  I have really long fingers as it is and i have difficulty typing?!  Wonder how do people with shorter fingers cope?!?

Heard about how the Macbook tends to heat up very quickly too… so that’s another big minus factor… and of ‘cos support is not cheap for a Mac.  And have i mentioned that it weighs a hefty 2.36kg?  Sigh.  The one and only thing that retained my attraction for the Macbook was that it’s comparatively cheap at S$1,788.  But even that i have a quibble with.  Why does the same model cost US$1,099 on the Apple website?  Hey, the SGD to USD conversion rate was SGD1.52 = USD1 the last time i checked lor.  Why the jump in price when it’s sold in stores in Singapore huh?

Decided to come home to do more research.  Browsed through the various brands of notebooks on the Cnet Asia website and eventually decided that i’ll probably settle for the Toshiba Protege M500 notebook.  Going to give the vendor a call again tomorrow to see if he can offer a good price for this model.  Found an online site selling it for S$2,399, which means i expect the vendor to give  me an even better price!  At 1.86kg, 4hrs of batt life, and a rather nice white finish, i guess the Protege M500 is a good compromise between the X60 and the Macbook.

Sigh… bye bye X60.  Too bad Eon decided against buying you for me.  *Sniff*.  Though i was quite obsessed about you the past week, all good things must come to an end.  So… yeah, sigh… i’m almost over you. 

In memory of my short love for the X60, here’s a song i heard on the radio on the way home just now – Sheena Easton’s Almost Over You.



ALMOST OVER YOU by Sheena Easton

I saw an old friend of ours today
She asked about you
I didn’t quite know what to say
Heard you’ve been making the rounds ’round here
While i’ve been trying to make tears disappear……

Now i’m almost over you
I’ve almost shook these blues
So when you come back around
After painting the town, you’ll see
I’m almost over you…

You’re such a sly one with your cold, cold heart
Maybe leaving came easy
But it tore me apart
Time heals all wounds, they say and I should know
‘Cause it seems like forever
But i’m letting you go….

Now i’m almost over you
I’ve almost shook these blues
So when you come back around
After painting the town, you’ll see
I’m almost over you….

I can forgive you and soon i’ll forget
All those shattered dreams
Although you’ve left me with nothing to show
Full of misery….

Now i’m almost over you
I’ve almost shook these blues
So when you come back around
After painting the town, you’ll see
I’m almost over you…

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June 2007