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My New Toy

I mentioned a couple years ago the new laptop I got. It's a great little system, and I like the size and power in it. However, it came time to get some more laptops here at the office, and instead of getting a new one for the lady at the office who's not really going to use it much, she's going to get the old one, and I got myself a new one (along with another co-worker, who will be taking over some of my marketing and graphics duties here so I can hopefully focus on bigger-picture and more complicated projects for the companies I work for).

Once again, I went with Sager because of my reseller arrangement with them. I loved the 1920x1200 pixel resolution of my old laptop, but didn't necessarily like it on such a small screen (it was fine most of the time, but sometimes when I was tired it was really hard to focus on things because they were so small). Since portability isn't as much of a concern as power, I decided to go up to a 17" screen with the same resolution, and got myself (and my co-worker) Sager NP5793s (I guess they're not ours, they are the company's, but we'll be using them exclusively).

Our configurations are slightly different (I have the higher res on mine, plus a larger hard drive), but here are the basic specs:

  • 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) LCD.
  • Intel Core2 Duo Mobile Processor T8100 (2.1ghz with 800mhz bus and 3MB L2 cache). The thing will upgrade up to a Core 2 Extreme X9000 processor down the road, which I was looking at for future upgrades (I've maxed out my current laptop).
  • nVidia GeForce Go 8700M GT Video Card w/512mb of DDR3 RAM.
  • 2GBs of dual channel DDR2 667
  • 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Pro (will be setting up Vista Business edition, which I have a copy here, as a dual boot so I can start learning the OS, but can't use it full time because of hardware and software issues here at the office).
  • DVD±R/RW Combo drive.
  • Intel 4965AGN 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (which will help with my Blackberry -- one less cable to carry around).
  • Gigabit ethernet, fingerprint scanner, media reader, 2MP video camera, serial port (yes, I still need one of these), firewire, USB 2.0, etc... .
  • I'll also be moving my internal mini-PCI TV Tuner from my old laptop over to the new one, as it'll work with Windows XP while the one that Sager sells now only works with Vista.
My one gripe is that I wish it had an external SATA port (not many do) so I could install Vista on an external drive and not have to take up space on my regular drive with a dual boot. And it weighs much more than my 15.4" laptop. But beggars can't be choosers.

It's going to take me a while to get it all setup to my liking, getting all the various apps I use (won't need all of them this time around) installed, and I'm tied up in other projects right now to really tackle it, but I'm looking forward to getting this thing fired up.

Posted by Jake on 04/23/08 @ 12:25 PM
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