I wanted a small, light laptop for travelling. I have a very super Dell Inspiron that has a lovely display and keyboard that is perfect for my home needs. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit heavy and big for travelling every day.
I researched ultralight portables on CNET and Notebookreview and found that the Dell M1330 and Lenovo Thinkpad X61 were highly regarded and just what I wanted. The Thinkpad is REALLY smally and light (3 lbs) and would have been perfect for me, but it’s also rather pricey. I opted for my Dell M1330 which is slightly heavier and a tad bigger, but is significantly less $$. I got this configuration, which is rather more than I needed but was on a great sale. The most important thing I wanted was the addition of a full warranty and damage/theft protection. I can just see me pouring my coffee on the poor little thing.
I also looked at refurbished models but my deal at Dell was comparable with the refurbished models. If you’re looking for a small model and aren’t travelling everyday, you would be able to find a really well priced selection out there on the web.
If anyone wonders why I didn’t get a MacBook, it’s because all the proprietary software my employer uses isn’t supported with that OS. I know some of it does work and other programs don’t and I didn’t want to chance it. That MacBook Air was certainly tempting.
My new laptop came with a very serviceable black sleeve, but I found this pretty little carrier in a magazine. It’s felt and very easy to customize for my laptop. I’ll put that project on the todo list.
Tomorrow will have knitting featured! Promise.