Ya, I’m a big fan of the Mac, but I still need to get things done in the world of the ‘Evil Empire’… so, when shopping around for a new machine I decided to go with a Compaq X1000 Centrino.Â It arrived the other day, and I love it!
After reformatting and getting rid of all the crap vendors put on factory fresh machines these days, I attempted to install Windows Server 2003.Â When configured properly, it makes a great client OS.Â Unfortunately, many of the drivers (written for XP) wouldn’t install right.Â So, instead of beating my head on the wall, I simply took the easy way out and put XP Pro on it, applied SP1, and then applied the gazillion or so patches… took forever. I’m in the process of installing my apps now.
The 1.5GHz Pentium-M is quite speedy, and battery life is over 4 hours, similar to my 1GHz G4 Powerbook.Â I love the screen and am so happy I selected the 1680×1050 WSXGA+.Â I was a little worried about how small things would be on a 15.4″ widescreen at that resolution, but it is incredibly clear and crisp.Â I couldn’t believe how clear movies looked when playing DVDs on it.Â The ATI Radeon 9200 is a nice mobile graphics processor, and the performance is great!
I went with a huge 80GB drive (to dual boot Linux) and also loaded it up with 768MB of RAM (I had a 512MB stick laying around, added to the 256MB already on the machine).Â Also got integrated 802.11b and Bluetooth… I might upgrade to a 802.11g card eventually, but I really don’t need the extra speed.
There is even a community forum site just for this machine at www.x1000forums.com
.Â Lot’s of tips and helpful hints, including all sorts of pictures of the insides of the machine.
So, the total cost was $1400 after $100 rebate + tax (CA strikes again!), included free FedEx shipping.Â Found the deal at www.xpbargains.com
, a good site to keep an eye on if you are looking to buy something.