Hello everyone. I have a little dilemma that I'm sure you can all help me with.
Basically I am going to soon be in the market for a new laptop computer. Now my laptop is my livelyhood. I am a web designer by trade, and I also am involved in heavy cyber security research and intelligence.
I need a laptop that is a real work horse. I need a powerful laptop that is portable, fast, cool and durable. I need a laptop that is capable of running an Ubuntu host while running windows in a virtual machine running adobe photoshop and flash while also ripping and encoding a video in linux. A nice high resolution would also be a must since I will use it for heavy multitasking and graphics design.
Also I need a laptop that will be capable of running perhaps 1 or 2 instances of a virtual machine for cyber security research.
Currently I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ140E. Now while Sony makes nice machines, it is not a real work horse and is not extremely powerful. It's a nice perhaps above average (at the time) machine that is good for multimedia, but now I am in need for something a little more intense. This laptop has:
Intel Core 2 duo 1.8 Ghz
2 Gigs of RAM
250 Gig HDD
1280 X 800 resolution
I could very well upgrade it to 4 gigs of RAM but the laptop has been overheating on me a lot and best buy seems unable to fix it (Don't ever buy a computer from them trust me).
Now for my new laptop I have been thinking about a few machines such as.
- The Alienware area51 mx15 ( I heard it's a bit bulky and doesn't have great build quality)
- Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad W series (I know this is a real durable work horse but it is so ugly and I do like sleek and sexy looking technology)
- Apple Macbook Pro (I like Apple's and they look really nice and I know are built well. It seems really attractive with its recent price drop but I don't really want to run OSX as I am very happy with Ubuntu)
Does anyone have any suggestions on any well built powerful laptops, or any experience with any of the above brands. I would really appreciate any help from all of you!