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Laptop Choice D400 vs X31

By mokaboy · 4 replies
Jan 30, 2008
  1. Hi all,

    I would just like some expert advice on which laptop i should buy.

    I want an ultra portable laptop i can run mandrake on and take to lectures as im a student.

    I have been searching for a couple of days and have found 2 laptops i like.

    They are both £199.99 + £20 P&P (absolute limit)

    One is a Dell D400 the other a IBM x31

    I understand the x31 has amazing build quality but the dell is not far off
    I understand the x31 is smaller and lighter which is what im looking for
    I understand the x31 has a much longer battery life than the D400

    The specs of each are as follows;

    Centrino 1.6ghz
    1gb RAM
    60GB HDD
    Shared GFX (intel)
    Comes with free bag

    Centrino 1.4ghz
    256mb RAM
    40GB HDD
    ATI Mobility 16mb
    Comes with free port replicator & bag

    The difference in processor speed, ram and hard drive space is quite significant but is it significant enough to confidently choose the d400 over the x31? I want the x31 if im honest but the spec of the D400 is too good to ignore. Second opinions please!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Good luck...
  3. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    since I am used to dell laptops and I have one d400 (my wife occupies it) I would go for the d400.
    as far as I remember the centrinos the 1.4 has 1mb level2 cache and the 1.6 has 2mb level2 cache which makes it even better than just 200 extra mhz of cpu speed.
    the advantage of 1gb ram is obvious and a port replicator for dell d series costs $30. not sure if you get the ibm's ram upgraded for $30. so...?
    hdd doesn't matter that much I think. even 60gb will be not enough someday.
    whats left is the video cards. that depends on what you do with the laptop .but the difference is really not big.

    well, thats my 2 cents
  4. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I'd go w/ the Dell just based on the memory. 256MB is nothing. Find out how much a RAM upgrade for the IBM costs.
  5. mokaboy

    mokaboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 136

    thanks for your replies, i went for the dell, couldnt be happier!

    My question now is about the battery which i will start a new thread for.
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