I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard.
I have a Macbook pro, but I don't want to take that on the bus to and from school (a university) & work. The computer will need to run Linux as all my stuff that I'll be doing on the commute will be Computer Science/Programming stuff. Round trip, my commute is about 1.5-2 hours. Riding the bus cuts my fuel costs from $300 to $0, with free rent I'll be able to save all that cash.
I was looking at: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382600
It's an Acer Aspire AS5349-2899 15.6-Inch Laptop. But I need suggestions:
1. Must be under $400
2. Must have full size keyword
3. Must be able to run a Java and
C++ IDE. I'm looking at running Eclipse as my main IDE. Must also be able run VIM, SSH Client, Netbeans etc...
4. Must be able to run Ubuntu Linux with Wireless and Display drives working with no issues
5. Should have a big screen, but I can cut on this to save the weight.
6. Dual Boot would be nice.
7. I want new, not refurb
Target budget: <$400
Target Purchase Date: After August 17, 2012
Target Life of Computer: 1 academic year or greater (I'm a senior)
Target OS: Ubuntu Linux