Posted 19.09.2013 @ 3.32PM (Edited 19.09.2013 @ 3.35PM)
Yeah I wasn't sure about the optical drive. I don't have one in my PC, but getting Win8 to run off a USB was a nightmare so I'm glad I had the drive on my laptop as back up.
This is the laptop I bought: http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Computers/Laptops/Performance-Laptops/HEDV77205
Handles really really well, huge amount of real estate, and I get all the upgrades for the price of what a touch screen laptop would cost. Surprisingly light for the size. I've not yet tested it to it's battery length but it powers for a few hours at least. My cat managed to push it off the mantle over my fireplace and onto the tiles, and it scarred two corners where the plastic bits are at the front but not a single other thing is damaged (inc screen), definitely durable.
Posted 19.09.2013 @ 12.42PM
I just got Win 8 on my new laptop, decided to give it a whiz.
There is a way to have two windows side by side, but it's more 1/3 and 2/3, and the 1/3 portion is more like a 'hold' screen rather than an active/what's happening in that screen.
Since beginning to use Win 8 three weeks ago I have not yet once used the start screen. I even got gung ho about the Windows 8 app store, but the image that was posted above could be used for the exact same reason. Ain't nothing in there.
Posted 19.09.2013 @ 12.39PM
Personally: I like it and it keeps me in touch with everyone, including my family who are all over Australia and NZ.
Professionally: It's very good to start conversations but, although others here have said they don't care for FB and discussions don't bother them, in my circles people can take light comments pretty heavily.
There's a group of author's I'm a member of where one will accuse the other of posting a false one star review on their book, and the other will swear heaven to high water that they didn't do it, and then three other people are suddenly involved...
For a lot of people it's their most easy way to access their social network, and I mean generally. They suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia and so these sorts of sites are home to them.
Posted 19.09.2013 @ 12.33PM
Can't give advice on the Weight/Performance/Durability/Battery Life. Not familiar enough with the products. But one thing did pop into my mind:
Are you specifically looking for one with a touch screen? I recently bought a laptop and made sure it didn't, since I know I'd never use it and it boosted the prices considerably.
Also not sure if you want an optical drive- since the Dell doesn't come with one.
Posted 15.11.2011 @ 7.13AM
@Scarlett – I just find it weird how the red doesn't bleed off, likes it just might be me but it kind of looks like a mistake?
Also the kerning is a bit inconsistent too which you might want to fix up for the next lot :)
Posted 17.10.2011 @ 8.25AM
@Bjarni — "Fingerprint" is one of my favourite books too! Coincidentally, I reviewed it here not too long ago http://designersbookshelf.com/graphic-design-books/fingerprint-art-of-using-handmade-elements-in-graphic-design-book-review.php
@Scarlett — Can't go wrong with Banksy's Wall and Piece. Clever and funny. The guy is just about due for another book though don't you think?
I don't know about you guys but sometimes I like to do some light reading at the coffee table too. Perhaps Debbie Millman's "Look Both Ways" would go down well? It has some wonderful short stories and musings on design. Also, Bruno Munari's "Design As Art" is another short essay-type design book with observations on Graphic, Visual and Industrial design.
Posted 30.08.2011 @ 7.34AM
@Scarlett and @Dittmar I hadn't realised how much of a piece of crap my iphone was until this week. I have a 3 while husband has a 4 and this past week I was lent an android and I'm a convert.
In terms of battery life alone, the android only needs to be charged at the end of the day and this is after an entire day of using social media, music apps and camera apps. As most of us with an iphone know - the battery only lasts a few hours after using a few apps and making a few phone calls.
Funnily, when I started looking at all the other phones on the market, I realised that I had never even considered the possibility of buying anything other than an iphone; and for what?
Admittedly, the greatest appeal of the iphone for me is the apps and being able to carry my massive music library around with me. But when you actually start looking, all those options are available on most other phones anyway AND they're actually better and cheaper on some other phones anyway.
My iphone has made me realise how much of a mindless zombie so many of us are with apple products. I've been using a mac since my uni days (late 90's) and for the most part, I've always gone for the next sexier hardware upgrade as opposed to really investigating what was on the market and comparing them with my needs.
Admittedly, when I worked as a network administrator and ran a network of 350 PC computers, working with PC's was a nightmare and the handful of us who used macs, would smugly prance around with our macbooks as the entire network was repeatedly rendered useless by yet another virus.
However after this macbook dies on me (my 5th apple laptop), I'm probably going to spend a little bit more time looking into what is out there before mindlessly buying another sexy mac.
Posted 22.08.2011 @ 1.08PM
@Scarlett I am on a bit of a yellow jag at the moment! It is a reoccurring theme
@looney It's a Snelling and I almost pee'd my pants when I found the pair of them. In fact Mr Gidget thought my waters had broken I had such shocked/excited look on my face ;)