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Answers to your Q's and more Y2/T41 thoughts
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Posted by KenB [Email] (more from KenB) on Sat, 5 Jun 2004 05:51:35 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: I really like that Panasonic..., turrbo [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 3 Jun 2004 19:26:54
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Yes, 802.11g cards work with both 11b and 11g. 802.11a has the same speeds as 11g, but uses a different frequency (5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz) and many more channels. The "newer" frequency means less interference from other device because there are few such devices. The extra channels makes it easier for folks who build such networks to add capacity without tripping over one of their other signals; this is important at school where we have 350 wireless access points deployed, but not at home where I have just one.

Yes, you need a modem (for occassional use off-campus), a wired ethernet adapter (for more desk-based work), and a wireless adapter (for freedom). The good news is that every notebook that I've seen mention wireless, also has the others.

Most of the 12" laptops to NOT have room for an optical drive. The Panasonic W2, the 12" brother of the 14" Y2) is an exception. The IBM X40 and other 12" models often offer an optional "accessory slice" that attaches to the bottom of the computer to give you an optical drive; these obviously increase the thickness by about 0.5" to 0.7".

When manufacturers call a drive "modular" they usually mean that the drive can be removed and replaced with another device. The CD in my old IBM T30 could be replaced with a DVD, DVD/CDRW, numeric keyboard (that was cool!), or Palm docking station (also interesting).

Also note, while the Panasonic Y2 is interesting, it's shape is a bit odd. It's more a bulge-y wedge than a flat box. The thickness is 1.3" at the front and 1.8" at the back because of the battery and some legs. This makes it nice to type in (the keyboard is tilted a bit), but harder to back in your bag. The IBM T41 is a consistent 1" thick.

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