Nicola’s wondering about getting a netbook or another similarly low-spec laptop… if anyone can offer any advice, we’d be most grateful.
The only major requirements are that she can do her writing on it and have WiFi for backups. We wondered if the tiny netbooks wouldn’t be suitable for a lot of typing… a standard-sized keyboard might be more sensible. I would also use it for my Powertab stuff (our old Windows laptop is on the way out) so maybe that’d rule out the 9-inch screens… anyone got any experience of this?
Massive storage isn’t an issue, nor is the ability to run graphics-rich applications.
Windows is probably necessary, as she can then use it for work conferences (her office and department are Windows-only). I don’t particularly want to be messing around with (or paying for) new versions, so we’d ideally want to avoid Vista. And we’re certainly not going to be messing around with replacement components, so this has to be an “off-the-shelf” thing.
Thinking about portability and battery life, how about solid state drives? Worth the extra cost? Speaking of which, this needs to be kept to the minimum, as it’s really only an extra computer. She’s happy to spend up to about 400 quid.
Any recommendations or advice gratefully received!