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impossible to find a non-noisy laptop?!


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i'm setting up a second office so finally have decided to make the move from desktop to laptop.

i'm trying to buy a reliable, fast and quiet laptop that i can cart around with me, and plug into a large monitor wen needed.

i have tried 3 so far; a HP DV6 1120, a Sony VAIO CS, and now a Toshiba Satellite U400 177, and after using a lovely Dell Optiplex 745 for 2 years, find the laptops incredibly noisy (fan).

my desktop is so quiet i often don't realise it's even switched on, but the laptops make me feel like i'm at the airport!

i ask the salespeople and they shrug their shoulders. spain is an unusually noisy place (barcelona is the 2nd noisiest city in the world, forget usuing a mobile phone in the street), shops are noisy so i can't test in the shop.

it doesn't seem to be a issue for anyone but me. ok, so i'm fussy about working in a quiet environment.

are quiet laptops a contradiciton in terms?

PS i'm in spain and looking to pay up to €1000. no a macbook isn't an option.
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anyone?
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Well fan noise isn't really a specification when buying laptops. The only way to know which ones make less noise is by testing them, or word of mouth. And even those solutions can't be reliable. The fact is, the hotter a laptop gets, the faster and longer the fans will go, and the noiser they will be. Quiet laptops is a bit contradictory, all will make some level of noise. The main reason desktop's are usually unnoticeable is they aren't usually right in front of you, and the cases help insulate the sound.

Heat can be due to --

1. The laptop being in a hot/muggy environment.
2. Extended or excessive processor/hardware use. I.e. playing video games, software editing, or simply leaving the laptop on all day.
3. The laptop being placed on a soft surface, such as a couch (or lap ironically). Laptops should be kept on hard surfaces, such as desks.

I have noticed in the past that thicker laptops make more noise, as well as ones suited for gaming. If I were you, I would like at buying a thin laptop, that just has enough hardware power to run what you want it to. The ultimate solution would to simply test out a laptop. I also would also suggest calling a manfucaturers support or sales department and ask them their opinion.
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possibly good advice, thanks.

i've been looking into this further and found a few things which i'll include for anyone else facing the same issues...

today's laptops have more powerful processors (than yesterday's laptops), which work hotter/faster, and require more cooling.

windows vista (spit) is a resource hog and makes everything work harder. more work = more heat.

i'm looking at "downgrading" to XP. i can't stand the thought of returning yet another laptop to the shop, and then re-installing/re-configuring everything again.

go windows.
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Any luck yet?
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i'm not clever or patient enough to to a clean install of XP on my latest laptop (3 in a week) and the only way i can currently get XP is via dell (all the shops here are selling vista pre-loaded) so i've just placed an order with dell and am waiting for their proforma.

thanks for asking.

Edited by loki16, 10 June 2009 - 11:32 AM.

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We use Dell laptops where I work and I think they are all fairly quiet, hopefully it will work for you.

Edited by Trippster, 10 June 2009 - 11:39 AM.

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i am dropping by a tech friend tomorrow to see if he can spot a fault or make an adjustment the bios but i'm not holding my breath.
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Fans can definitely be controlled, whether it be in BIOS or 3rd party software. But this always leaves the risk of over-heating. If you manually control fans, I would suggest installing some temperature monitoring software and check it often.

Edited by Trippster, 10 June 2009 - 11:40 AM.

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