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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

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I'd start with vastly increased storage
  771 votes / 2%
I'd start with a daylight-readable screen
  4684 votes / 16%
I'd start with a denser display resolution
  4805 votes / 16%
I'd start with a better keyboard
  1885 votes / 6%
I'd start with a better pointing device
  2403 votes / 8%
I'd start with better networking options
205 votes / 0%
I'd start with better battery life
  11171 votes / 38%
You've left out the thing I'd improve first.
  2965 votes / 10%
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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

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  • by ODBOL (197239) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:30AM (#43348323) Homepage
    I agree. I want the highest possible screen. Wide screens appear to be catering to movies, games, and the dishonesty of diagonal measurements (a wide screen gets a greater diagonal measurement than a square screen with the same number of pixels). Documents are best viewed with vertical space.
  • by The Phantom Mensch (52436) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:33AM (#43348365)

    After using a Samsung Chromebook for my casual evening browsing habits for a few months I find myself loving the light weight. A 3 pound laptop is something I can keep in my lap all evening comfortably, without wishing I had a desk to throw the thing on to give my legs a break.

  • No Windows OS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:36AM (#43348387)

    The #1 most important thing I consider when purchasing a laptop is that it doesn't come bundled with Windows. Luckily these days there are numerous options to purchase from vendors that bundle Linux, if you aren't interested in a Mac. But when I hear "typical" I think Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. While these vendors sometimes have non-Windows offerings available, it would be nice if this extended to their entire product line. Personally, I would and have paid more for laptops that come without OS.

  • by steveo777 (183629) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:37AM (#43348405) Homepage Journal

    Faster boot times. Sure, with SSD I can boot to the Win7 desktop in about 30 seconds, but now that I'm used to that, it's an eternity (My nexus 10 takes over a minute, though...)

    Instant on without being pre booted.

    Partly facetious, partly serious.

  • by peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! (2743031) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:41AM (#43348479)
    While I may not be 'sweating' through the tough parts of whatever content I'm consuming or creating, my lap sure is.
  • by hoboroadie (1726896) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @11:44AM (#43348503)

    If you want (or need) a fast scan rate, it appears that that is a limitation in desktop monitors as well. It seem as though the market is catering to folks who'd rather watch some Netflix than get back to work.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @01:18PM (#43349639)

    It is really hard for me to find a decent laptop because it is so rare that they come with a GPU worth using. My current laptop is using hybrid crossfire between an AMD A8 with a 6620G a dedicated 6750M. I got it about a year ago and I can't find anything comparable on the market today. HP doesn't make them anymore, nor anything like them. It is even getting harder and harder to find a laptop with an APU or worth while dedicated card.

  • None of the above (Score:5, Interesting)

    by scotts13 (1371443) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @01:32PM (#43349807)

    Maybe not everyone has the same experience, but I like my current laptop (2009 MacBook Pro) just fine. As a computer service manager, the two things I'd LIKE to see are improved resistance to accidental liquid damage, and better service access. Neither is likely to happen; in the last few years I've no improvement in the former and a dramatic decrease in the latter. Current models are essentially unrepairable.

  • Volume control (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jones_supa (887896) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @02:01PM (#43350083)
    Create some better method to control the volume than by bashing Fn+Fx. Old laptops were so nice to have the analogue volume wheel. Maybe create something similar in digital by putting a "mouse scroll wheel" to the side of the laptop?
  • by who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @02:06PM (#43350123)
    Id like to see a standard motherboard that can be swapped when a new version comes out, upgrade-able CPU's, upgrade-able GPU's, upgrade-able memory, upgrade-able power supplies, upgrade-able batteries and so on. If i can have a PC case that can accommodate all this why cant there be a laptop that can do the same?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @03:31PM (#43351061)

    And once you do you can join the ranks of people who are at first amazed with the resolution, then disgusted as they realize almost everything they did before now looks like UTTER GARBAGE on the retina display.

    Out of ~20 people I know that bought a retina display device, not a single one has kept it over a week.

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @03:53PM (#43351273) Homepage Journal

    With the exception of passive matrix panels, assuming equivalent display panels and backlights, glossy screens tend to be much more usable outdoors, which is a big advantage in mobile devices. That's why the matte screens are going away.

    With a matte screen, light from anywhere behind you or to the side of you causes the entire screen to wash out very badly because the angle of the light doesn't have much effect on whether it is reflected back towards you. This makes them unusable in direct sunlight or even in cars.

    In contrast, with a glossy screen, when a light source is behind you, you get a bright spot. If you tweak the angle so that the bright spot is no longer on the screen, the light source has little to no effect on the picture.

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @09:29AM (#43356685) Homepage

    I agree. I want the highest possible screen.

    I expect this problem will self-correct in a few years... a lot of people seem to be adopting Apple's new "tallscreen" video standard for home video recording.

  • by pmontra (738736) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @04:14PM (#43361785) Homepage
    And the same width as measured in cm or inches, but many people call these screens wide instead of short.

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