What laptop or tablet has everything I want?
August 20, 2012 12:14 PM Subscribe
Help me work out the best laptop/tablet to take away from home!
posted by missix to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an MSI Wind netbook that I take on trips and to coffee shops, and a MacBook Pro 2008 that I use at home.
I've also have an ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop that my parents passed on to me recently.
The MSI drives me crazy in a lot of little ways. It's slow to boot up, has a short battery life, and the tiny screen and jumpy touchpad makes working on documents irritating. I need to replace it, but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what I should be looking for.
I want something that is ultra-portable (throw it in a bag and go!) with a long, long battery life. But I also want to work with word processing, spreadsheets, .pdfs, etc. without too much hassle.
The ASUS is just too big and clunky to haul around, plus it's a little silly-looking. An iPad or similar tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard is very tempting; the idea of being able to read books on the go is nice too. But I can't tell if it's possible to work effectively with Office-type programs on a tablet. I want to be able to generate and save documents and spreadsheets and move them over to another computer without too much hassle.
A MacBook Air might be a compromise, thought it seems like overkill. I'm open to other laptops, but I really don't want to deal with power cords and bags on short excursions. The less I have to cart around, the better.
Am I asking too much, or is there a computer out there that balances portability and utility in the way I'd like?