Choosing a laptop

So I am in the market for a new laptop. My current laptop is slowly dying on me, is running hot, has some serious start up problems and is becoming old. With an unlimited budget I start my browser and point it to Lenovo, renowned for it’s Thinkpad series. And “why not” I was thinking.
I select laptops from the ‘products’ and there the marketing bullshit starts. They promote their laptops as machines on which you can actually DO something. Hmm, that reminds me of Nike. But I don’t care, I start selecting the model I think best suits me. I know what I want, a 15 inch laptop with a true WUXGA screen, shouldn’t be too hard to select one?
Wrong. On Discover laptop … I’m presented a table of what Lenovo thinks are attributes they think distinguishes their different offerings. Screen size, well that’s one I understand. The others are hidden underneath the terms ‘Portability’, ‘Productivity’, ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Design’.
I choose ‘Productivity’ because I like to produce things on my laptop. The options presented to me after I click make me cry, A maximum data security chip, Manageability tools for the enterprise, Specialized application processing, An integrated webcam, for productivity? are they joking me? Versatile features, price?
Desperate I open all the categories but none shows me which screen resolution is packed within their offerings. I choose a random laptop, the Thinkpad W-series, because it has most categories listed and will probably be the most expensive of the lot.
Indeed, I choose wisely, on screen two they tell me it has a full HD panel inside, which means only 1080 lines vertical. Too bad. If I missed the one laptop that has the right resolution? I will never know, it’s nearly impossible on their website to get that information.

So I point my browser to the website of Dell, I’ve owned four Dell laptops and maybe I should just stick with them. They’ve revamped their website and have listened to me because they still give you the option to choose between consumer, and (small) business but when you click Laptops from the menu the arbitrary chosen separation between the different models is gone. And choosing 15″ to 16″ from the menu even gives you all laptops listed with their native screen resolution stated. Bravo!
Not that it makes me happy or make me want to buy one of their laptops, 1080p is all they have on offer, but that’s something we knew already. There are no (W)UXGA laptops at the moment.

But wait, maybe Toshiba has something on offer? Toshiba still has the difference between consumer and business products. So I have to browse two sections to decide I won’t shop at them at the end.
After that, I need to decide if I want to investigate or buy directly, well let’s investigate first. Another options screen is presented to me. Ultrabook, High performance (yes please), 3D laptops, Lightweight and Desktop replacements. I choose the last one, but wish I did not have this screen at all.
The next screen is hopefully called “laptopfinder, we help you choose”. Well Toshiba has a plethora of laptops and there are a lot of features to choose from, resolution is not one of them. The laptop list presented to you does not give any hint of the screen resolution either. So that means that you have to select each and every laptop and click on the technical specifications to get your disappointment served. At the bottom there’s a link ‘Build your own’, now that’s a feature I would like to try. Unfortunately Display resolution is NOT an option to configure your laptop on Choose your laptop and I give up.

Asus? I think they are the worst of the moment. They expect me as a potentional custumor to have knowledge of their productnames, which consist of randomly chosen letters and numbers. Seriously Asus, I have no Fecking clue where to begin looking. Since I already know you don’t have WUXGA laptops I give up before I even started. I wish you good luck to distinguish a laptop you want on: Notebooks all products.

We go to Japan, Sony should have a good Vaio laptop for us? After choosing a screen size you are presented with a list of laptops that fit in this category and Surprise, surprise you can choose which resolution you want. Unfortunately Sony has stopped with WUXGA resolutions as well, but they do have 1920×1080 laptops, even on a 13″ model. (Vaio Z, listed in our LW900+ list)

I know, this is not a conclusive list of laptop manufacturers but it’s nearly impossible to choose a laptop with the right resolution. Points are rewarded to Sony who gives you the opportunity to filter on resolution, Dell gets points for at least stating which resolution is in the laptop, the others, well they get zero points, because you have to click on each and every laptop to see which resolution is inside, and even that is not enough, because sometimes you can upgrade the panel in the buying section, something we are not aware of when selecting the product.

One Response to “Choosing a laptop”

  1. alan

    My old Dell has a 1920×1200 WUXGA screen. Now all I need is new motherboard to go underneath it. Oh wait… nobody does that, either.


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