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Earlier this morning I received a press release from In-Stat, a market research firm, outlining the findings of a survey they conducted on how PC usage in North America is changing. One of their key findings: We are spending way too much time on the computer […]

Earlier this morning I received a press release from In-Stat, a market research firm, outlining the findings of a survey they conducted on how PC usage in North America is changing. One of their key findings: We are spending way too much time on the computer — more than 48 hours per week, on average. Bad news for old TV, I suppose.

We are apparently a nation of PC addicts, lugging around laptops on our vacations. Nevertheless, given our obsession with PCs, isn’t it time we start getting better machines from the guys who make them?

In-Stat says that consumers increasingly want more wireless options on their computers — everything from wireless accessories to wireless peripherals to wireless connectivity, of course. I agree. And I would add to that list machines that don’t turn into cooking appliances after three hours of use, risking permanent disfigurement. (Are you listening, Mr. Jobs?)

That’s my laptop wish list. What’s on yours?

  1. Seemless broadband connectivity with any network of my choice. No additional effort required, other than turning it on and choosing a broadband service provider.

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  2. I have two broad wishes:

    1. Make prettier (or more pretty) laptops. I’m sick of these ugly, grey pieces of plastic everybody has. Yes, you’re doing better than a year ago. But most laptops are still pretty ugly.

    2. Do more innovative stuff:

      • I want to have a 3G connectivity device included in my laptop.
      • Remove the CD/DVD drive, it’s useless.
      • Give us synchronization software so that a laptop can finally be a complement device to the traditional PC.
      • Flash memory, anyone?

    Don’t let Apple be the only innovative laptop maker out there, give yourself a reason to exist!

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  3. simply, less weight for the power. i am a computer professional who travels way too much, with a laptop that is my only computer. so i need big cpu/ram/disk and high res. hence i use a gamer machine (dell repackaged alienware), as that’s how you get power. well, it weighs waaaay too darned much.

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  4. On my wishlist:

    A 15-inch regular MacBook! I’d like the $1500 model to ship with a larger and sharper screen, not necessarily a change of paint. It’s about time Apple recognize that larger screens aren’t locked into pro models.

    More dedicated graphics options. I don’t want to have to go to a larger or more expensive system just to avoid being stuck with integrated video.

    Carrier-independent, multi-format 3G (and WiMAX) built-in: let me buy my system, take it to my carrier, and sign up for data service. Don’t make me pick one provider and lock into a contract if I don’t want one.

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  5. just give me a 1 second fast boot-time off on-board flash in to a basic browser environment (PC or mac) and i will be happy. and oh yeah – quit abusing me as a customer mr. apple by shipping pointless graphic enhancements laden “next-gen” OSes and batteries that die etc etc…

    eventually i want to be carrying around any number of ‘thin’ devices (iphones, ipods, ironkeys, camera CF cards…) auto-synced to my “PC” in the sky that has my data/media. if i buy an ipod in india, i want to be able to sync it to my pc in the sky, not my laptop/desktop in USA…

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  6. HDMI port. I know it’s on some of the new Dells but I wish I had one on my MBP.

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  7. Built in 3G
    BATTERY LIFE!!!
    Stability

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  8. 10 Hour battery life with wifi enabled. Most laptops today get really bad battery life in the grand scheme of things. Even some of the “better” ones get 4-5 hours. If you start turning things on that time goes down to close to nil.

    They should replace things such as the dvd drive with a larger battery. I hardly ever use my cd/dvd drive and an external would be good enough for those few times.

    Seeing that I want a larger battery the weight then becomes an issue as the battery is one of the heaviest components. Having a heavier laptop would not bother me if the sucker worked for 10 hours. However a smaller laptop would get better battery life with a smaller battery.

    I like my macbook pro just fine and see no current reason to replace it.

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  9. Light. Quick boot. Battery life.
    EEE PC scores well on two of the above, and gets bonus points for price and for free/open source operating system.

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  10. Always better battery life.

    The MacBook has a good blend of size, weight and performance. Apple needs to think about offering a port replicator/docking station. While I use the MacBook around the house a lot, I’d like to be able to put it on my desk and get one-click access to a bunch of peripherals and the power supply.

    I don’t feel the MacBook gets too toasty. While I like the power cord connector, I am apprehensive about the cord between the power supply and notebook, which seems flimsy.

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