Captain Ice wrote:
As this is my first laptop, I was also wondering:
Should I buy a travel case for it?
I recommend it. It makes traveling and using the laptop much easier.
Is there anything I should be leery of/careful with?
Don't drop it, and make sure there's plenty of ventilation on the bottom.
As it is a desktop replacement, should I look into getting a docking station for it? If so, how much do these run?
Docking stations are nice. I do recommend them when you're using the laptop as a desktop replacement.
Should I get a cooling pad for it?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The built in cooling system is woefully inadequate in most laptops. 9 out of 10 laptops I repaired when I worked at Dell were damaged due to overheating.
A good cooling pad will help extend the life of your hardware. I recommend XPad
, which require no power source, as they are passive cooling systems. They do work, I swear by them.
Also, what type of PCs/Macs do you currently use and what are the specs?
I have an HP Pavilion a6803w. My system specs are:
AMD Athlon X2 2.53 Ghz Processor
3 GB DDR2 800 RAM
500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
ATi Radeon HD4670 1 GB PCIe Graphics Card
HP SuperMultiDrive (DVD Burner/CD Burner/Lightscribe)
6 USB 2.0 Ports
15 in 1 Multimedia Reader (SD card/MMC/Pro Duo, etc)
20" HP 2009m LCD Flat Panel @1600x900