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Group comments about an x31 with the X3? Fluff or handy? I'm thinking of
floppy, zipdrive and extra battery.
 
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Alesandra wrote:

> Group comments about an x31 with the X3? Fluff or handy? I'm thinking of
> floppy, zipdrive and extra battery.
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One of my friends has left me his X31 and ultrabase for a few days.

To summarize, my opinion is, I prefer a slightly larger laptop which
incorporates a DVD drive than the combination X31 Ultrabase. Its hight
makes it uncomfortable for typing, its weight makes it no so pleasant to
lug around. But I guess since you ask, you already have an X31 so,
definitely, I consider the Ultrabay a must since a laptop without DVD
drive is hardly convenient those days and an external drive brings far
less fonctionalites than the Ultrabay, which has a nice fit and finish.
But consider DVD drive. The extra battery is probably much less useful.
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I have a T40, but I think I would have been better in some ways with an X
series. I rarely need my DVD/CDRW drive when lugging the laptop around, as
I have a memory stick which seems to be quite useable instead of CD's. The
only times I use CDs is when i need to install software and back it up -
things I only really need to do at my desktop.

The X series is so light, and an external drive can be thrown into you
laptop bag.

I don' really know about the ultrabase, but it does seem to mostly take the
point away of buying an ultra-light.

Duncan.

"John Doue" <notwobe@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Alesandra wrote:
>
> > Group comments about an x31 with the X3? Fluff or handy? I'm thinking
of
> > floppy, zipdrive and extra battery.
> >
> >
> One of my friends has left me his X31 and ultrabase for a few days.
>
> To summarize, my opinion is, I prefer a slightly larger laptop which
> incorporates a DVD drive than the combination X31 Ultrabase. Its hight
> makes it uncomfortable for typing, its weight makes it no so pleasant to
> lug around. But I guess since you ask, you already have an X31 so,
> definitely, I consider the Ultrabay a must since a laptop without DVD
> drive is hardly convenient those days and an external drive brings far
> less fonctionalites than the Ultrabay, which has a nice fit and finish.
> But consider DVD drive. The extra battery is probably much less useful.
> --
> John Doue
 
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John Doue <notwobe@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Alesandra wrote:
>
> > Group comments about an x31 with the X3? Fluff or handy? I'm thinking of
> > floppy, zipdrive and extra battery.
> >
> One of my friends has left me his X31 and ultrabase for a few days.
>
> To summarize, my opinion is, I prefer a slightly larger laptop which
> incorporates a DVD drive than the combination X31 Ultrabase. Its hight
> makes it uncomfortable for typing, its weight makes it no so pleasant to
> lug around. But I guess since you ask, you already have an X31 so,

Well - I have the X24 and a base (not the ultrabase). One does not lug
around a base, surely? One leaves it in the office - the idea for me is
that you have a base in your office and a power brick at your home, so
you just trip the (tiny) laptop between the two. I work on the train.

Height uncomfortable for typing? I don't understand. Are you saying
that the X31 is thick? My X24 is very slim. The weight is almost
nothing! About a kilo and a bit, I suppose.

Or maybe the "ultrabase" is an add-on to the bottom of an X31 that's
sort of mini-portable? Sounds horrible.

> definitely, I consider the Ultrabay a must since a laptop without DVD

I would consider it a non-must, definitely a non-use, but a fixed base
of some kind is useful as it saves you 30s of hunting for the power cord
when you arive at the office. You just dump the machine on the socket.

At home I don't need it, since I use the laptop on the sofa and other
places like that.

> drive is hardly convenient those days and an external drive brings far

I would never use a dvd drive on a laptop! Whatever for? The idea is to
save weight in a portable! Not add it! If I want to use a dvd drive I
use any of the dozens of desktop computers around the place, wherever I
go. I can run the dvd viewer on a desktop and display it on my laptop
just fine - even over wireless connection. The connectivity is the
important thing in a portable - you don't want to waste weight. The
smaller the better - mine slips inside a very lightweight A4-sized
folder/protector and walks around with me everywhere.

If I wanted a dvd for planes, I would get a usb drive. But I've come to
the conclusion that I can't stand dvd's anyway. There's no excitement
in sitting through a film when you could just skip to the end and find
out what happens. If it's on tv you can't skip so you have to sit
around and wait for it, thus using up the time you presumably want to
waste. But on a computer I can't be bothered to watch for more than a
few seconds at a time. It's more interesting doing other things on a
computer, like playing games or writing, or programming ...

> less fonctionalites than the Ultrabay, which has a nice fit and finish.
> But consider DVD drive. The extra battery is probably much less useful.

It's useless in a base. It's useful sometimes if you carry it with you,
I guess, but a X31 centrino ought to already have loadsa battery life.

I would say get the base, but not for whatever comes inside it. A
floppy is particularly useless. Ditto a zip drive. Portables connect
over the net to anything.


Peter
 
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"Alesandra" <rubyebbyrdNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Group comments about an x31 with the X3? Fluff or handy? I'm thinking of
> floppy, zipdrive and extra battery.
>

I have an X31, the Ultrabase, and 3 port replicators for my 3 offices, I
love it. I rarely use the ultrabase, just when I need a floppy or CD drive.
I usually plug it into the port replicators when at one of my 3 offices to
save hassle of cables, adapters etc. You can use the Thinkpad replicator
for the T series. I got the Ultrabase because I got a good price on it with
CDRW/DVD but an external USB drive would be a bit more convenient, and if
you need port replication, go with the 8668 replicator, on Ebay for cheap (I
paid under $25 each) and it's smaller. The laptop is very small, light and
well built. Good keyboard for its size. I have upgraded to a 7200rmp
Hitachi HD and 1gig RAM and it is very fast. All in all, if light and
portable is a desire, this is the machine to get. With the machine docked
to the Ultrbase, it is more like the weight of your average laptop, which
isn't bad either. I am able to use my floppy, CD drives out of an older T21
in the Ultrabase, so keep that in mind.
-Mike
 
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Duncan James Murray wrote:

> I have a T40, but I think I would have been better in some ways with an X
> series. I rarely need my DVD/CDRW drive when lugging the laptop around, as
> I have a memory stick which seems to be quite useable instead of CD's. The
> only times I use CDs is when i need to install software and back it up -
> things I only really need to do at my desktop.
>
> The X series is so light, and an external drive can be thrown into you
> laptop bag.
>
> I don' really know about the ultrabase, but it does seem to mostly take the
> point away of buying an ultra-light.
>
> Duncan.
>
I believe you have perfectly summed up my opinion.

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John Doue
 

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