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Laptop Buyer Thread Anonymous 04/14/2018 (Sat) 21:35:48 [Preview] No. 12623
Hey /tech/,
I'm looking to buy a laptop for general use. I know this board isn't really one for requesting shit but I know that if I post this anywhere else I'm just going to get meme responses. With that out of the way, can anyone rec me a laptop that
>isnt a meme like thinkpad
>isnt centered around gayming
>isnt made by apple
>isnt going to cost me an arm and a leg
That's really it. I'm probably just going to use to post here or on other imageboards and maybe watch some chinese cartoons. I am not going to use it for gaming. Any reccomendations?
apologies if this is kind of a low effort thread, but I can't really post this anywhere else and get any serious replies

Anonymous 04/14/2018 (Sat) 21:50:39 [Preview] No.12624 del
>Isn't a meme like thinkpad.
They are great laptops, I use two of them on a daily basis, an older model for security-oriented activities and a modern T series for general activities which I care not about privacy. I have even got a Macbook Pro for it's retina display and simple design which I use for photo editing and viewing.

Anonymous 04/14/2018 (Sat) 22:42:06 [Preview] No.12625 del
I made a helpful answer but deleted it. I'd just have to write even more to explain my case to precocious know-it-alls not getting the big picture.

So I'm telling you this instead, in spite.

Anonymous 04/14/2018 (Sat) 23:06:09 [Preview] No.12626 del
buy a thinkpad or go to wiki.installgentoo.com

Anonymous 04/14/2018 (Sat) 23:23:02 [Preview] No.12627 del
Well, if you're just going for a laptop to browser web and watch videos, maybe go to a ARM laptop then. See ASUS Chromebook C201, it's supported by libreboot.
I would recommend you also anything that has a i.MX6 processor. It will run 1080p if using the right drivers and is cheap as fuck. See ODROID-C1.

Thinkpads are really mostly a meme, the mainboard quality is really bad, but I have a x40 and it's running continuously for many months now (no reboot) and works well enough. It's very cheap too. If you can't find/afford a C201, then check x40 or x60, they are not that bad.

Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 01:23:31 [Preview] No.12629 del
>Thinkpads are really mostly a meme, the mainboard quality is really bad
Define "bad". Bad as in shitty components/soldering, or bad as in horrible and inefficient design.

Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 05:56:16 [Preview] No.12634 del
Both. At least on the models I have disassembled (two x60 and one x40) the motherboard is too flexible/thin and the components and cheap. The thinkpad's case and keyboard are good, though, and it just works very stable. I understand why people on imageboards like thinkpads, although I think it's overrated.
As a opinion, I wouldn't buy Intel hardware in these days. If OP just wants to browse, play videos, do some text/image editting, then ARM hardware is better right now and uses mush less battery.

Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 07:33:10 [Preview] No.12637 del
Cheap components? If they were so poor in quality, then why they don't shit themselves over a bit of water, unlike most laptops.

Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 13:42:58 [Preview] No.12640 del
<then why they don't shit
>The thinkpad's case and keyboard are good, though
English is not even my mother language. If it's yours then, please, use it.

Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 14:42:48 [Preview] No.12641 del
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>isnt going to cost me an arm and a leg

Is X96 Mini and peripherals on a spice rack still purpose-efficient? Basically it's a problem how to power them portably, it should run just fine. If you buy two you can dedicate one to run video and look at the secondary one through screenshare.


Anonymous 04/15/2018 (Sun) 15:43:28 [Preview] No.12642 del
waddya need a komputah for anyway???

Anonymous 04/30/2018 (Mon) 18:48:47 [Preview] No.12671 del
The problem I have with old thinkpads is that you can spot who might someone be at miles, because no one use them where I live. I'm pretty sure anyone with one have been in touch with tech security, even though he's just a /tech/ shitposter.

I'll look at the chromebook. How is it privacy wise? I made a promise that I would never touch anything done by google, but it's its the best solution...
Is it reparable?

Thanks. (I'm using a t420 right now)

Anonymous 05/03/2018 (Thu) 00:00:47 [Preview] No.12681 del
Well, if you want privacy on the chromebook you have to flash Libreboot and use a free unix-like system (most people use Parabola, but I read in openbsd misc list that some guy made it work somehow, using SeaBIOS). See also:

It's quite complex to flash it, though, you'll have to get a beaglebone black and a cable, or try to use flashrom inside the system.

That's why thinkpads are the recommendation for privacy/security centered hardware, you can just buy them with libreboot already and install a linux system without headache...

Anonymous 05/03/2018 (Thu) 16:51:15 [Preview] No.12685 del
openbsd will indeed boot on a libreboot'd laptop. hell i can get 9front to boot natively on my libreboot'd laptop. the issue there is (1) no 9front wifi drivers, (2) no Xorg w/ openbsd

Anonymous 05/03/2018 (Thu) 18:46:38 [Preview] No.12686 del
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That's pretty obvious, but thanks you.
I was more talking about hardware.

The problem with the chromebook is that the hard drive is an SSD, soldered to the mainboard. So there is no way to destroy the SSD without breaking the computer. Obviously, I don't have such needs, but still, I want as much opsec as possible.
Moreover, I always heard that you should never use a SSD with encryption.
And, you cannot install an HDD, nor actually anything. So it's literaly throwable.
You only can use SD cards.
So technically, if you want to rightly use encryption, you'll have to buy an SD card on which you're gonna install and encrypt everything. You'll have to ignore the SSD since you can't remove it.

Libreboot, I mean, it's /tech/, who here is gonna buy anything preinstalled. We do it ourselves.

Anonymous 05/04/2018 (Fri) 14:58:28 [Preview] No.12689 del
>isnt a meme like thinkpad
acer expecially aspire series
>isnt centered around gayming
>isnt made by apple
>isnt going to cost me an arm and a leg
The lowest I've heard is around $40 USD for a window7 generation netbook. The pros - you get to have chink counterpart for keyboard, lcds, and battery spares like on chinkpads. There's also smaller versions like 10" ones if you're a true hackerman and care about portability.
The cons - you won't be able to find a free bios.

Anonymous 05/05/2018 (Sat) 04:22:10 [Preview] No.12690 del
I see sticks of 64gig Dram for 700 dollars and I want to know the basics of building a poweruser/linux compatable pc like one would a gaming computer. I have little to no experiance building a gaming pc either. Is this a stupid idea? I know the difference of laptop to pc is around 300 dollars but I want to make a pc that I can swap out and upgrade core parts.

Anonymous 05/05/2018 (Sat) 04:26:12 [Preview] No.12691 del
>never built a pc
>wants to spend $700 on fucking ram
yeah it's a bad idea.

Anonymous 05/05/2018 (Sat) 04:30:43 [Preview] No.12692 del
I dont want to spend the money it would take to find a laptop with that memory. I am trying to pretend like I know computer hardware I know there are very high level graphics cards and shit I want to know if its ok to splurge on gaming pc parts for linux computing or is there a compatibility issue where linux does not have the firmware to use the parts.

Anonymous 05/07/2018 (Mon) 00:05:03 [Preview] No.12695 del

I'm wrong about the use of encryption with the SSD. In fact, you can, but you can't trim the SSD.
So if you're doing heavy work, then it'll be a real problem. I'm not even talking about buying it second hand, and so getting an already used SSD. But you still can use it.

But we have to treat SSDs differently regarding sec.
I found that (i'll study it later):
https ://articles.forensicfocus .com/2016/04/20/ssd-and-emmc-forensics-2016/

Anonymous 05/07/2018 (Mon) 00:08:52 [Preview] No.12696 del
Why are you here if you don't even know how to build a pc? I mean, there is shit tone of tutorial on the clear. If you want a free compatible computer, then use librebootable/corebootable hardware.

Anonymous 05/07/2018 (Mon) 03:12:02 [Preview] No.12697 del
>We do it ourselves.
So do it. If you want privacy that's basically the only way, besides building a laptop using ARM based SoC boards.
You can also read the recommendations here:

I think this thread should die already, really.

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