Why Intel i7 is no Good
I’ve been hearing a lot about the latest laptops with Intel i7 processors, they really seem to be very fast and efficient; I am impressed for sure! But the million dollar question is whether a person who uses computer for simple stuff such as surfing net (including blogging, visiting social networking sites, tweeting and all those fascinating stuff), reading documents, making presentations and checking mails etc. needs such a processing power.
Cut-to 6 years back when having a laptop was a privilege and no one felt that more than 256 MB RAM was required for efficiently using day-to-day applications; My laptop had 1.4 GHz celeron processor and I could install oracle on it. I couldn’t have asked for anything more and the fact that the laptop didn’t give any trouble and even after using so recklessly made me fall in love with it! I am still using it and I don’t plan to get a new one unless I am sure that I need to do something that is not possible with the configuration mentioned above.
For those geeks who believe that they need the latest and the most powerful processors to show off or for whatever weird reason, my colleagues invented the term “Enterprise Laptop.” though I was not present at the enlightening moment but I heard them credit this to a customer who wanted everything to be done with a single really powerful system. My colleagues were like, “take the enterprise laptop and install SAP, it will be portable as well!”
If you are planning to buy a laptop then first think about the utility, which among the zillion features that would be used, number of simultaneous applications and various softwares to be used because though those compelling, powerful and more efficient processors are worth the price tag they have, they are not worth if you can manage the show with lower configuration; proud owners of i7 who think that they have the most powerful laptop on earth would not be so elated as soon as something better comes which is not going to take too long considering the exponential technological advancement. Even i7 would be obsolete some day.
After answering the million dollar question (you know the answer by now), I did think about things that can not be done on my outdated laptop:
- Can not install Windows vista: I don’t care, that’s a flop product anyways.
- Can not install Windows 7: I don’t want that since I am a fan of Linux and I already have the latest version of Kubuntu.
- Can’t install latest version of Oracle: We got servers.
- Can’t play games: ah.. I’d rather like to surf net or blog.
If your work is not restricted by the above limitations then choose to spend your money over the new laptop wisely!