Big computer geek here - have been since I was a tike and I got my first 486 with Jazz Jackrabbit and all those DOS based games. I'm 23 now and have had my fair share of computers, built a few, ugpraded a few etc. All of my computers have been Desktops and the one I have at the moment although a couple years old is the most stable and speedy ******* that I know. Have had one Toshiba laptop for school when I was in 3rd form (22 years old now) and that was ok I guess.
I'm moving to Melbourne (from AKL) and I think its time to switch to a laptop - Desktop too big to cart over and I'm sick of the room it takes up and the noise it makes. Don't know jack**** about laptops to be honest and don't like the fact you can't rip them apart when something goes wrong. Here's my list for Santa
Looking for a laptop that will operate with an external HD for movies and music needs to do the following
-Hook into an LCD/Plasma for DVDs and high quality downloaded movies at a good resolution and framerate - I guess DVI over VGA then?
-Operate either XP or Ubuntu Linux at a decent speed (nothing makes me madder than a slow OS or browser)
-Light and Compact and preferably inexpensive (as the external HD and LCD might set me back a few cash)
I'm not looking for a powerhouse laptop that will play games or run photoshop but looking for a laptop that will do all the above. I thought the new MSI micro laptop (eee competitor) would be good as I would be using a wireless keyboard and mouse and operating on an external LCD and HDD - but obviously its not out yet. Eee looks a bit low end for what I need it for - maybe I'm wrong?
[Moderator edit (tonyhughes): Please tone the language down.]