I got a new laptop today. It's actually smaller than a traditional laptop - technically, it's a netbook. An Acer Aspire. And I'm using it to put up this post.
I think it will be a little bit of a challenge to get used to because of its size. The screen is 10.1" and it weighs all of 2.8 lbs. total. It has a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and an Intel AtomTM processor running at 1.6GHz. It also has 3 USB ports, a port for an external monitor, Wi-Fi/802.11b/g and a 10/100 Ethernet interface, sound capability, and a built-in webcam.
As far as I'm concerned, that is a lot of power built into such a small package. it is actually more powerful and has more features (and a much larger hard drive) than the HP Pavillion laptop I am in the process of backing up. Once that's done and I have everything I want from it restored, I'm going to strip it down, clean it up, and give it to my stepdaughter. She's been clamoring for a laptop for a while now (both my son and daughter have their own and use them to the fullest), so I figured it was only fair.
The major reason I got it, though, is that I'm going back to school in the fall. I got registered to take Anatomy and Physiology I at the Manchester Community College - it's the beginning of what I need to do for prerequisites to apply for admission to nursing school. And I wanted a smaller computing platform to use for study, note-taking, homework, etc. I'd like to be able to take it into the classroom and use it there, which is what I have in mind. And it is small enough that its presence in the classroom should be unobtrusive. At least I expect that to be the case.
If you're a Skype user, let me know - I haven't signed up yet, but I plan to. I know some folks who do use it and they like it a lot. So we'll see. And all I have to do now is get use to the smaller footprint. The keys are the same size, but they're jammed into a much smaller place...