As I am going to be going to college this fall, I made a purchase of a new laptop.
Dell Latitude D820
Intel Centrino Duo Core 2.0 GHz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
80 GB Hard Drive
256MB Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M
I have some questions about things I should get for my computer. I want to have lots of storage and my 80GB hard drive won't cut it, so I am wanting advice on a an external hard drive (250 GB-300 GB). I have heard that firewire is faster than USB 2.0. My computer has a 4 pin firewire port, which I am thinking I would be able to get a converter cord to adapt for this smaller port. Also has anyone had any experience with Bluetooth mice? My comp has Bluetooth and I was wondering if it was worth getting a bluetooth mouse or should I just get a wireless one? Also, are laptop cooling stations a worthwhile investment?
Any and all input will be much appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by live4golf; August 2nd, 2006 at 09:23 PM.
I would go with USB2. even though Firewire is a bit faster, you would want the compatibility that USB2 offers. Chances are you buddies will have USB2 in case you need transfer info.
I don't see the need to spend more money for a bluetooth versus a regular wireless mouse. I like the MS notebook mice over the Logitechs. The Logitech V400 that i had kept going into sleep mode too fast. the tracking was poor too.
laptop cooling stations work ok, but it depends on what you're doing. as long as you keep the laptop vents clear, it should be ok.
For day-to-day hard drive use, USB 2.0 and FireWire will have comparable performance though FireWire will probably have a slight performance edge, which can make a difference if you are performing tasks that require large, frequent data transfers.