I'm going to be in the market for a new laptop soon, and I'm torn over what to go for. I've heard very good things about some of the newer 11.6" laptops coming out, particularly ones like the HP dm1-3200
which is supposed to have excellent battery life, but I'm worried that the screen will end up being annoyingly small. This happened with my old Dell Inspiron 10, which I now can't use for long before I want to throw it out a window. I was very tempted by the new Macbook Airs, which sound ideal, but I can't justify the cost right now - my budget is about €600, and the cheapest Air starts at €979.
My main computing tasks are web browsing, writing (lots and lots of writing) and occasionally watching movies/TV shows. I don't need a powerhouse, but I do want something I could use for long stretches of time. Something that doesn't get too hot would also be nice.
Is an 11.6" laptop really big enough to work on for several hours at a time, or should I be going for a 13.3" one? If so, can anybody recommend one with a decent battery?