Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

My next laptop?

My laptop computer needs are fairly minimal - it's mostly used to read email, livejournal, fanfic etc. over breakfast, watch downloads and DVDs when I don't want to use the TV, and gets taken to games conventions if I want to run my Powerpoint Forgotten Futures ad for several hours on end. I don't actually do much work on it as such, that's mostly on desktop PCs.

Currently I'm using a 14" iBook G4 for this, but increasingly I'm finding that web sites give problems - gmail and ello are the most recent examples - ello just doesn't work, Gmail is getting slow and bug-ridden and keeps telling me to upgrade my browser (I can't). Youtube isn't too good either, though that may be more wifi than the computer itself.

So I'm looking for another laptop for these purposes
  • Screen 14" or so
  • Must have built-in DVD reader (not too bothered about writing them, but don't want to have to keep hooking up a separate reader)
  • Must have good battery life (some games con venues charge big bucks for main electricity, and I often run it off the battery for several hours at home if I'm not near a socket) and if possible take interchangeable batteries.
  • Must have USB ports.

Weight isn't a big consideration, if I'm just travelling somewhere I'll generally take the iPad with me, not the laptop.

I'd ideally like something Mac-compatible again, though that isn't a top priority. I really can't afford to spend a fortune on this.

Any suggestions?

  • Another RPG bundle offer - Dungeon World

    This is a repeat of an offer from 2014, before I was added to the promo list for these bundles, so I don't think I've mentioned it before: Dungeon…

  • NS&I Green Savings Bonds

    Some time soon NS&I are going to be launching Green Saving Bonds. At the moment they're pretty coy about things like the interest and tax status…

  • Digging Up the Past

    One of the gaming podcasts, The Grognard Files, interviewed me a while ago. The first part of it covering the White Dwarf years, is here:…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened