Believe it or not, I am writing this article on the Gateway Solo 2500
notebook I customized and purchased, or rather had purchased for me as a graduation present in May 1999. It arrived at my house in early June while I was vacationing in San Francisco
and was the only thing enticing me to return to Orlando
This system has provided reliable service to me for 10 years and 8 months now, but is obviously slow and underpowered for my current needs. My philosophy on buying a new notebook is simple: upgrading them can be difficult and expensive so I get the most powerful one I can afford. Although prices have fallen and technology improved in the past decade, my philosophy remains valid for modern desktop replacements.
Entering the 21st century, Gateway hit hard times and the quality of their offerings lessened. In the meantime, my line of work has provided me the chance to use a variety of business notebooks from Dell
. By far the most impressive notebook is the well-designed ThinkPad
, acquired by Lenovo
in 2005. I have logged incalculable hours on the ThinkPad T43p
and am continuously impressed with their quality and performance.
Yesterday afternoon, I placed an order for a custom build ThinkPad W500
. The W Series
is a recent line of systems designed as upgraded successors to the popular T Series
and could probably be referred to colloquially as the Cadillac of ThinkPad notebooks. The W700
even comes with a secondary flip-out LCD panel and built-in tablet. Now that is overkill for me, but I am saving nearly $1000 on the W500 between a sale price and coupon discount.
My ThinkPad W500 will be equipped with the following components:
Needless to say, I am fairly excited to get my hands on this computer. I will likely be compelled to run and post some speed tests and boot-up times. I have yet to use a solid state hard drive, but I am preparing to be blown away based on the performance results I found online. With any luck, the shipping estimate I was provided—22 March 2010—is highly conservative and it will only be a matter of weeks before it arrives.
: I received an e-mail on 22 February that it would arrive on the 24th and it did. I will elaborate at a different time, but for now it is sufficient to say this notebook is the fastest I have used and I absolutely love it.
: Read the follow-up article The New Computer II