March 23, 2003

My new workhorse

SOTEC 3120X Laptop. My Pentium 200 desktop at work was getting quite dated, even with linux running on it. I was acquiring more data that required analysis with a good spreadsheet. Since my boss is rather reluctant in purchasing new computer equipment, I decided to splurge and buy one myself. I decided early on that this new unit was going to be a laptop, as light as possible, and as cheap as possible. Speed wasn't a deciding factor, since, face it, anything nowadays will seem to be exponentially faster than the Pentium 200 that I'm used to. Ultimately, I decided on the Sotec 3120X. It weighs a mere 4.4 lbs and is 1.3 inches thin. At a final price of around $800 after all rebates and tax from, the features on this unit is well worth the price. If you're looking for a laptop that is useful, lightweight, and portable, don't pass this one by. Currently, I've got MikTeX installed in it to compile my documents (namely by papers and my thesis). Wireless access appears to work well (just stay away from the D-Link DWL-650 PC Card). And with a built-in CD-RW, I'm not stuck with no means to transfer data, come crunch time.

Posted by johnvu at March 23, 2003 01:44 AM
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