Well since this the first few “Making the Cut” posts, let me list again how I’ll judge each important factor to me:-
- I’ll list all the attributes I look for in a device
- I’ll go down the list and rank each one of them
- Win! ( 4 points )
- OK ( 3 points )
- Pass ( 2 points )
- No Good ( 1 points )
- Fail! ( 0 points )
What am I looking for in an uber awesome laptop?
It shouldn’t weigh a ton, it should preferably be able to last at least 12 hours and it should allow me to plug in all the stuff I need at the same time. Oh and of course it should have WiFi (which laptop doesn’t have that these days) but if it has a 3G module, that makes it awesome. Everything else really depends on how well designed it is to make functional. Extra points for being cool and making everyone envy me.
1. Weight – OK
It weighs around 3kg I think and to me, that’s pretty alright.
2. Battery Life – Pass
On a full charge and at minimum brightness, it can last around 4hrs 15 mins and I think that’s pretty decent. Not great. But not bad. Enough to last me one or two meetings where I don’t have power but definitely not enough to allow me to camp out at a cafe to do work without worrying if I have a shot at the power socket.
3. Connectivity – No Good
I’m not talking about the lack of ports here but more the quantity of USB ports and it’s positioning. Like i’ve mentioned multiple times across the review series, I hate the fact that the USB ports are all on the left side and there are only two USB ports. I plug in my mouse to use and my phone to tether and I’m all out of ports for my portable data drives. At least 3 please! And on both sides!
4. Screen Size – Win!
15 inch. Awesome! It’s not too big for it to become bulky but it’s not too small to not allow me to enjoy watching movies and seeing lines and lines of code.
5. Keyboard – Pass
I’m not too sure how to describe this one. The spacing of the keys don’t go well with me. And I have a gripe that I need to press “Fn”+ “Home”/”End”/”Pg Up”/”Pg Down” all the time.
6. Aesthetics – Pass
The shell is like macbook wannabe that’s not really there so it ends up looking like a pleasant looking industrial device. Not ugly, but not something that would turn heads either.
7. Coolness – Pass
What cool thing does this laptop have? As far I’ve been using it, none. And since it has nothing uncool about it, it bags a “Pass”.
8. Trackpad – Fail
I couldn’t find a way to turn off the trackpad and I keep ‘tapping’ it with my palms when typing causing the cursor to jump. I type a lot when I code and write my entries. I cannot have this.
9. Others – Pass
Is there anything else about this worth considering? Well there’s the facial recognition application to facilitate profile logins at startup but I don’t think I really need that. So yeah, neutral vote for me here.
Overall – Pass (18 points)
Does it make it into my list dream gear? Sadly, nope. But it’s a pass so if you’re not as picky as me, it might still be a good laptop for you.
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Starting and maintaining Ridz.sg aside, Ridzuan is Co-Founder of Senseless Labs – A software solutions company currently focused on building mobile-based Marketing and CRM solutions. He has been dabbling in both web and mobile development since 2003. His interests include how technology can be used to improve the human condition, poverty alleviation through sustainable development, education and microfinancing.