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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

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I'd start with vastly increased storage
  771 votes / 2%
I'd start with a daylight-readable screen
  4684 votes / 16%
I'd start with a denser display resolution
  4805 votes / 16%
I'd start with a better keyboard
  1885 votes / 6%
I'd start with a better pointing device
  2403 votes / 8%
I'd start with better networking options
205 votes / 0%
I'd start with better battery life
  11171 votes / 38%
You've left out the thing I'd improve first.
  2965 votes / 10%
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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

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  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:39AM (#43348437)

    touch screens! I mean, come on! If I want a touch screen these days I am either stuck with something with 64GB user storage (I mean, that's a TINY portion of my music collection, and fuck all room for other such niceties as being able to stretch my mixing arms!) or I'm paying double the odds on other specifications (500GB hard drive and 6GB RAM is fine for most things, as is a 15" short screen). I can't help but feel just a little bit ripped off.

  • by Quakeulf (2650167) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:59AM (#43348661)
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  • by xyzio (1470567) * on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @12:22PM (#43348977) Homepage
    By far the biggest bottleneck is battery life not just for laptops but for civilization in general. My Lenovo X230 is fast, light, has decent resolution and is perfect for my job. The biggest problem is battery life, I'm good for 4-5 hours but this number drops every time I go through a discharge/recharge cycle and eventually end up with 20 minutes of battery life. Industry is focused on developing lower-power hardware to extend battery life but we really need a revolution in battery power storage and re-usability.
  • by JDG1980 (2438906) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @12:25PM (#43358553)

    I agree. Usually, to code, I reduce the resolution to ~1152x768 to please my eyes...

    This is a joke, right? You realize that Windows has had DPI scaling functions for years? (And even if you're using an OS without DPI scaling, you'll get much better results by increasing the font size in your code editor rather than running the panel out of spec.)

  • by kasperd (592156) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @02:25PM (#43360169) Homepage Journal

    given that my systems are all prone to memory fragmentation because I actually use them rather than seal them inside a drywall, I have to reboot at least every nine days, and more often if I'm doing a lot of video work.

    Memory fragmentation was an issue in the early 90's. Nowadays laptops are equipped with CPUs with a builitin MMU and are running an OS that won't work without MMU. On such an architecture memory fragmentation is not a problem.

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