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I have to get a laptop soon.*

Highest nonstandard criteria is 'quiet'. All electronics stores I've ever been in are fairly noisy. I'm wondering if you have suggestions/recommendations/warnings (on quietness, on your laptop, on laptop purchasing in general).

I find that since I got my apartment I'm reluctant to turn on my computer because it hums and I don't like the sound. I don't remember this happening to me at Mudd. Probably because I had reasons I had to turn on the computer and so I turned it on and once/while my mind is consumed by things I don't mind the sound. But I've noticed the reluctance since Mudd, inhibiting me from accomplishing things that I don't need to do but I would do without the humming.

*[Given Periwinkle(my computer)'s insubordination recently (Not turning on unless I prod it for half an hour and hope), in light of its age (2001? The shock!), and the fact that I'm endlessly migrating it between rooms...]

Bridget's coming home today. She's traveling Japan and China Jan-Feb timeframe so if there are useful contacts I should pass on to her so if she gets stranded in strange cities...

This is definitely me

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Date: 2007-12-21 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gdarklighter.livejournal.com
The Apple MacBook line is fanless, if I recall correctly, so the only noise is hard disk/optical drive access.

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Date: 2007-12-21 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catbird.livejournal.com
I like my Lenovo x60s. I don't really hear it when I turn it on.

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Date: 2007-12-21 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zixi.livejournal.com
My Mac (PowerBook G4) laptop is pretty darn quiet unless it's got a cd or dvd in the drive.

(ie: I've never been able to sleep in the same room as a turned-on desktop, but I can with my laptop (though it goes to sleep when you close the screen). Sometimes in the summer when it's hot the fan gets a little loud, but putting it on a flat, cool surface seems to help.

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Date: 2007-12-21 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] camlost.livejournal.com
Passive cooling (aka fanless), or simply with quiet fans will reduce your noise a lot.

If you don't need lots of hard drive space, you can further reduce the noise you generate by buying a SSD (solid state disk), though they're pretty expensive right now.

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