But personally, I don't like the looks of the Compaq.
I think the Compaq looks all right, actually. I don't like the positioning of the PCMCIA slot though, I like it on my A31!!
The Fujitsu is ok
It isn't a great looker. It is also terribly slow, even though it has 1.7GB RAM and a Dual Core processor. It belongs to my Nan, she used to own that Compaq but it left sitting around for years until Grandad played with it again! Becuase it has Vista, the UAC is on, and I really wanted to disable it, but becuase it doesn't belong to me, I didn't really feel I could do it!
but I find IBM had a great timeless design.
+1 for this!
IBM ThinkPads have (had) a great design, even though my laptop is actually very dirty, it looks quite clean in the shots!
Your "old" A31 looks still way better than the rest and could even stand with modern designs.
Thanks!! Though I have to agree, even with that mssing left arrow key which really annoys me! It also starts up quicker than the Compaq and the Fujitsu and feels much snappier than both of the other laptops once it has booted.
By the way, we tried upgrading the RAM to 384MB by adding another 256MB's. It's a no go, my old 256MB chip out of the A31 that I replaced with a 1GB chip didn't fit in the Evo N110 - the 'slot' was in the wrong place. I downloaded the user manual for the Evo from the HP website and saved it to a CD as we then set about upgrading his HDD from 18GB to 37GB and re installing Win 2K, but once we had loaded the manual on my A31 - we discovered to remove the HDD you had to:
.Remove the SCREEN!!!
.Remove the keyboard
.Remove various parts of bodywork
and many more parts. Instead of trying to upgrade his HDD and probably end up breaking his laptop, we just left it.
This is what I love
about ThinkPads, so easy to work on! To replace the hard drive in my A31 all you have to do is undo a screw under the PCMCIA slot and pull, and the hard drive is out (which is why I've changed it three times!!). I don't think the Evo N110 was really built to be the 'upgrader's laptop' unlike the ThinkPad was!!
Thanks for all the nice comments by the way, and I am glad you approve of my photography skills!!