First post, by TrashPanda
Looking at two cheap laptops for some DOS gaming portability, neither is amazing but both are roughly in the same ball park for DOS performance and compatibility.
First laptop is a Toshiba Satellite 4000 CDS (Pentium II 233, 160MB ram, Yamaha OPL3 based sound), its in immaculate condition physically but has no battery or HDD but these can be replaced.
Second laptop is a IBM Thinkpad 365XD (Pentium 120, 40mb ram, ESS1688) it too is in perfect condition physically, battery doesnt hold a charge but Thinkpad batteries are easy to replace.
Both machines have Floppy and CD and both are priced the same.
The Satellite looks to be the better option but it straddles that DOS/Windows9x divide and that Yamaha sound system based on manuals looks to need windows to load wavetables. The Thinkpad comes with a sound system that should work without needing win9x installed. The ThinkPad should also be easier to repair and find parts for as locating a battery for the Satellite here in Australia might prove difficult.
Its a difficult choice so I pass this question to this forum for advice.
If you had to choose which would you pick? and why.