In the Market for a Notebook II

1:40 pm PHT

After three and a half years, I was forced to retire my ASUS A6500R laptop. The main problem was that it wouldn’t boot up properly anymore. The symptoms started a few months before but it managed to eventually start up after some combination of jiggling around with the battery, the master reset button, and the power cord.

Then about two weeks ago, those workarounds wouldn’t work anymore and so I had it looked at at the ASUS service center in Kapitolyo, Pasig. The initial assessment of the technician was that there is a fundamental problem with the motherboard. Weighing my options of having it fully diagnosed (with a service fee) and with replacement parts being really scarce (the laptop is 3+ years old after all), I decided to go for a new laptop instead. I’m in the notebook market once more!

I’m holding off buying a new laptop until November so that it would go into December’s credit card cycle for better cash flow management (the 13th month bonus would come in handy there). So until then, I’m going to do research to select the best laptop for my needs. Since I’m not a gamer nor a video editor, my needs are not for the cutting edge technology (unlike Lola Techie  :-)). My knowledgeable colleague at work said that I could make do with the Intel Core-Duo Atom processors. One requirement I need however is that if the laptop comes with Windows Vista, then there must be a free upgrade to Windows 7 which just came out last Thursday. Hopefully, the local retailers have that Microsoft-announced upgrade option available from the PC manufacturers.

Since I’m not using the even older desktop PC due to a crashed hard drive (I was lazy to buy a new one), I currently using my ASUS Eee PC as my main computer. The small screen is getting to be a real bother, but I’m managing quite well so far. (In fact, I’m typing this entry on the Eee PC.) I also managed to salvage the dead laptop’s hard disk and converted it to an external drive. It’s a really, really good thing that Octagon Computer Store had some IDE hard disk enclosures available because these are apparently quite rare due to most hard disks nowadays being SATA. It’s also quite fortunate that the Eee PC was able to have at least read-only access to the drive’s NTFS partition and read-write access to the FAT32 portion so I still have access to all my files.

Expect a blog post in November where I will reveal my laptop choice.  :-D

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On 1:56 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, Aja Lapus wrote:

What OS is your EeePC on? I have Ubuntu Netbook Remix (9.04 Jaunty, methinks) on my 1st-gen 701 8G and it reads and writes on NTFS partitions using NTFS-3G. I could also use my 1440*900 screen on it quite easily. Maybe your old desktop could lend its monitor to the EeePC.  :)


On 2:13 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, joyce wrote:

any mac laptop, all are dual core. and they’re handsome.  :)

very single time you post something about a new notebook euge, i will make this hirit. hehe.


On 2:30 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, seav wrote:

@Aja, you’re preempting a future post! Hehehe. I’m using Eeebuntu on Jaunty on a 1st-gen 701 4GB. I don’t have NTFS-3G installed (I think). The old CRT monitor is too clunkly to be placed on my laptop workstation but I have thought about it. I might try it.  :-)


On 2:44 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, seav wrote:

@Joyce, as soon as there are less than P50K Macbooks with the necessary specs, I’ll consider them.  ;-)


On 4:20 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, Aja Lapus wrote:

Ohh sorry. I do that whenever I have a busted computer and all that’s left is my trusty Azusa.  :P


On 7:42 p.m., 24 Oct 2009, markku wrote:

A MacBook should be good enough for you. The just-released white MacBook sells for 55k at the PH Apple Store, so you could probably get it for less than 50k from our enterprising online sellers.  =)

Or you could buy used Macs for cheap.  =)


On 10:40 a.m., 26 Oct 2009, Andre Marcelo-Tanner wrote:

macbooks are brands  :)

get a msi or something cheap like a neo, theyre all the same. or if u can afford to over from overseas, go to and get one of those. cheapest fastest laptops you can find


On 11:20 a.m., 26 Oct 2009, seav wrote:

@Aja, it’s ok.  :-)

@markku, daming Mac fans dito ah. Well, I have no particular need for a Mac so I’ll treat it just like any other brand and consider the merits on price-vs-value need that I have.

@Andre, I’m a bit leery of MSI and Neo. Unlike desktop PCs where you can get generic stuff, I think getting branded laptops (for better service) is for my peace of mind.


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