Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I have been looking for a replacement for my main notebook/desktop system for quite a while now. It will soon be four years old, the fan is getting noisy, and it has developed a nasty tendency to hang every once in a while, no matter what operating system it is running. The problem is that as I use it as a desktop system I want to have a docking station, and the laptop manufacturers seem to think that only business users need docking stations, which in turn means that the prices for such systems tend to be double or more compared to roughly equivalent non-docking systems. So I have been watching special sale advertisements and close-out offers for quite a while now.
Last week I finally found a good candidate - a Samsung NP-P580 Pro notebook, priced at about 640 Swiss francs (about 460 pounds). I already have two Samsung netbooks (N150 Plus and NF310), and both have been good, solid, reliable systems. The price was about half of the usual for docking-capable notebooks, and the optional docking station seems to have all of the connections I want. So I ordered it at the end of last week, and got it on Monday.