So I made some money and of course I can't save all of it, I need to spend it so I've been looking at different laptops and decided that there really isn't anything that's extremely portable and has good battery life and can deal with my engineering life style. I currently have a summer 2008 Macbook pro and do not like it for various reasons ranging from compatibility issue with programs I need to use as well as how poorly it runs windows. This isn't a mac bashing thread, just know that I do not like their products, as good a they are. I don't feel like this laptop is outdated just yet either because it runs everything I throw at it, for the most part. I think I can get another year out of it for main use and by that time I'll have graduated college. The next step would be to build my own computer with whatever the lastest technology is then. So i have the future just about figure out, so I need to deal with the present.
I think I want a netbook because of it's portability and good battery life and affordability. There are some good tablet PCs out as well, at least from lenovo, but it's $1200 starting which is a little much for me but an idea I'm not willing to throw out just yet. I do like the T series, but don't feel like I want to buy an upgraded laptop just yet because of the issues with the sandy bridge and USB 3.0. So again, the logical jump for me seems to be the netbook. Other options investigated were the Transformer tablet by Asus as well as the chromebook. My fear is that neither of these will be able to open excel files which is very importants since next year is my senior year and I foresee a lot of data crunching. Other issues arrise because, well I'm not sure what the chromebook is exactly other than a mobile web browser. I know the transformer is the current hot android (honeycomb now?) tablet and it's main draw for me is the keyboard.
Now that you've seen my thought process I ask the forum:
What netbooks do you have?
Do you like them?
Are there any issues you have?
What would you like to have in them?
Is there any specific linux OS that I could use on them?
Has anyone put a solid state in them?
Was it worth it?
Any other suggestions for a light, portable computing?
Sorry for being long winded, and thank you in advance for your responses.