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    Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    I'm giving serious thought to a Sony VAIO TT11M/N.

    Mostly for the compact size, good enough for visual studio resolution, and CPU to back it up, planning to upgrade it to an SSD myself too.

    Anyone got any other sugestions? The thin screen on these worries me about robustness, and it will be getting very heavy daily use!
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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    Is it an easy upgrade do you know, my gut says that will be more pain than it is worth.

    How much are you looking at paying?

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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    about £1k for the lappy, £300 for an SSD, i don't need much space.
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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    Well I have had a previous generation of this 11 inch sony and although it was dog slow (core solo at the time) it was fantasically put together and it's new owner is still using it today I believe (a good 3 years on).

    They aren't as you imagine very sturdy and would probably not enjoy a big knock but as long as it's in a sleeve and handled with a bit of care it will be fine.

    http://www.pcwb.co.uk/catalogue/item...3?cidp=Froogle, quick froogle found this little bundle if it helps.

    Hp make laptops slightly bigger like the 2510p, which will be more rugged, give a better resolution and still have decent battery life. They only have 1.8 drives though.
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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    I would look at getting a Panasonic Toughbook TBH as the Sony notebooks are way overpriced and at least the former can resist a few knocks!

    For example the W7 can be had for around £1400:

    http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Panas...77/version.asp

    It can supposedly withstand up to 100kg of pressure and is splashproof.

    A cheaper alternative is the Fujitsu Esprimo U9210 which has an magnesium alloy cover for the screen region:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150170

    A review:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...0.16165.0.html

    I have one of the old MSI Magnesium alloy bodied notebooks and it is built like a tank for a 12.1 laptop. The screen and and the underbody are two pieces of cast magnesium alloy and there is virtually no flex in the screen region.
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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    hmm toughbooks are good, but this one is more expensive, larger and slower.

    the fujitsu is too little battery life, i don't need *that* much CPU in honesty, a kick arse ssd will speed it up, given the price of it too, i think its out.

    staffsMike, yeh i saw the link for it on its own, but its hideious colour, might ring em see if they can do me a deal on the black version!
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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    I would definitely look at the notebooks you have in mind in person before you purchase one - check the screen area for how well it is reinforced as this is the most vulnerable area of the computer.


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    Re: Alternative to the Sony TT series laptop

    i've had some hands on time with the last generation of T series, but not this one.

    Might have to try and have a looksie, or borrow someone elses for a few months until decent SSDs are the norm and cheap!
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