As you may now, I usually use a HP Compaq business notebook (the 15” 8510p to be exact). For the last 9 months I have been using this model for both work and personal usage and it’s my weapon of choice when needing a mobile powerhouse without breaking my back. Performance is great (you can get better these days, I got one of the last pre-Penryn models) and overall it’s a reliable and sturdy device.
Ugh. As if the summer heat wasn’t bad enough in my home office (26C with AC, 32C+ without), it now officially killed one of my HDDs. About 3 months ago I bought three new 750GB Samsung F1 disks and had put them all in RAID. All was sailing smooth and the speeds were amazing. However this last Wednesday I was working with multiple virtual PC’s whilst downloading and extracting large files in the background.