Need help finding a small laptop for writing...

thespeakerbox

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I do a lot of writing on the go, and need to find a laptop that suits my needs.

I'm looking to get something that's...

-Small/Portable
-a great keyboard (i have larger hands, so this makes it tougher)
-Long Battery Life
-Can handle Vista(maybe. XP isnt THAT bad if the cost is right :) )

Everything else is pretty much comes standard now a days I assume (cd drive, decent ram, wireless)


Can you guys recommend something? Thanks
 

DaveSimmons

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Maybe the MSI Wind when it's out next month, not sure about the keyboard but it's cheap and light. The Dell E (ripoff of Asus eee) might will be out in a month or two as well.

For under $1,000 and lightweight, a refurb Dell Latitude D6xx for $400-600 from Dell's Outlet might be your best choice at 5.x pounds with a 14" screen.

The full-power under-5-pounds laptops tend to be expensive, do you have over $1,000 to spend?
 

thespeakerbox

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I'd like to go really light weight but i want to keep a budget of around 1k or less.

I'm really reading up on the asus ee and msi wind, but it seems they are underpowered with XP only too.

I wish they would release a dell studio with a 12" screen
 

slugg

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Well you're asking for 3 things that are almost contradicting...

- Small/light weight
- Nice keyboard
- Not underpowered


^^ too small and you can't have a nice keyboard. You could get a 13 inch laptop with a nice keyboard, but any smaller and you'll be hurting. Too small and it MUST be underpowered.

These are the options I came up with for a happy medium:
- Dell XPS M1330
- Apple Macbook (non-pro)

^^ those are roughly $1000 (use a student discount for the Macbook) and are NOT underpowered and have full sized keyboards. The Apple keyboard will take a little bit to get used to, but then you can type pretty fast on it actually.
 

kalster

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x61 for less than thousand ( think they still sell them), is a great options, i love my x61
 

accguy9009

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Originally posted by: thespeakerbox
I do a lot of writing on the go, and need to find a laptop that suits my needs.

I'm looking to get something that's...

-Small/Portable
-a great keyboard (i have larger hands, so this makes it tougher)
-Long Battery Life
-Can handle Vista(maybe. XP isnt THAT bad if the cost is right :) )

Everything else is pretty much comes standard now a days I assume (cd drive, decent ram, wireless)


Can you guys recommend something? Thanks

Do you need a ton of power to write? The more power the unit uses the less battery time you get. Why do you need something beefy to write with?