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Owning A Good Laptop

The comic post that was due today will now become the post for Monday. After all, I promised a comic review on the front page and that is exactly what you’re going to get, but not now, sadly. You may be used to the fact that my posts have been appearing relatively late recently. This is because I’ve been working in Leeds, which is a good three and a half hours on the train from Bristol. Couple that with the fact I’ve not had my desktop for a while, you can imagine it’s been tough.

If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from working away from my own home, from my city, is that there’s certainly a necessity in owning a darn good laptop. My one isn’t good in the sense that it’ll let you play Skyrim at 60FPS on “Beautiful” settings. Instead, mine is a little workhorse that allows me to play a few simpler games, but most importantly: it allows me to carry on doing what I love.

This was easily the most meta picture on Wikipedia.

This was easily the most meta picture on Wikipedia.

Yes, GeekOut is a major part of my life and honestly, I don’t want the cyclone of GeekOut activity to ever end. I’m committed to bringing you a website that’s bigger, that’s better and that’s more friendly and inclusive than many of those other websites out there (Isn’t it ironic that in being inclusive, you need to sometimes be exclusive?) As such, a few months back, my repeated travel for work and for conventions saw me needing a laptop of my own.

I can tell you now, the laptop that I have is a Lenovo Thinkpad X200. It’s not the best laptop in the world and you know what? The battery is laughable at best. However, it cost me just £65 from eBay and I upgraded it with 2 more GB of RAM just to help it out (a god send) for a further £20. I got it from one of those second hand laptop traders you see so often on the site.

This is the type of laptop I have!

This is the type of laptop I have!

Sure, as I mentioned, it’s not the best. It’s not the zippiest… But it’s my laptop and it really helps to provide content when on the move. It was probably my one of my best decisions of 2015 so far, even though it is a cheap little thing. I used to do extra GeekOut work off of my tablet, which I’ve previously mentioned on GeekOut was a simple cheap Chinese tablet called the PiPo S-1. Whilst this worked, it was incredibly inconvenient, due to the lack of information their browsers provide. If you’re the type of person who likes to keep connected on the go, why not consider this simple question: Isn’t it time you get a laptop?

I intended this article to be a simple question on how much the modern person kind of needs a laptop in their life. Do you already own a laptop? What do you like to do with your laptop? As always, we appreciate comments, so please leave us a comment below, over on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll catch up again soon!

— This article was brought to you by my trusty good laptop.

7 responses

  1. i do have one… a really old alienware one from i think 10 years ago. nearly everything seems to collapse lately though and i can only hope it will stay with me for some more months… Still I think old ones do their job as good as newer ones (maybe not if you’re a gamer though and sure, one day all of them will have to rest in pieces…)

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    August 29, 2015 at 12:33 am

    • Yup – I’m kinda infatuated with my little X200 and I’m going to do some experiments. There’s a device that allows you to externally place an internal graphics card into it… And you plug it into your laptop. In theory, this means you can get a brand spanking new graphics card running on an old banger of a machine. I’m curious to see if it’ll work!

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      August 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

      • sounds like something worth trying, hope it will work for you!

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        August 29, 2015 at 12:38 am

  2. My laptop’s battery bay is busted, so I essentially have a small, foldable desktop. It’s still pretty decent and does everything I’d ever need it to, even if it’s lost the thing that defines it as a laptop – portability. The only thing it struggles with is games sometimes, but I’m the kind of person who could still enjoy a good game on the lowest settings at like 20fps. An upgrade is very much needed soon though!

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    August 29, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    • Know the feeling but I admit… It runs 2D games no problems, haha! Have you considered fixing the bay? :)

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      August 30, 2015 at 12:08 am

      • Exactly, and there’s not exactly a shortage of 2D games to enjoy :)

        I would, but it’s not actually as inconvenient as it sounds. It just needs to be plugged in permanently, so as long as I have electricity it’s fine. And I’m a stingy git so this way it’s cheaper :p

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        August 30, 2015 at 2:04 am

      • Certainly not. Currently I am working on 100%ing Binding Of Isaac :P

        To be honest, my little Thinkpads battery only lasts for an hour so its always plugged in anyway! It seems inconvenient: but why fix if it isnr broke to you? :)

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        August 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

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