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I'm asking this as a favor for my sister.

Right now, she is going to a charter school that meets at the local college. She needs a laptop or tablet that is lightweight and has a decent word processor. I was thinking that she should get an Asus Transformer with the keyboard dock (that way she can use it all day without having to worry about the battery).

I would also build her a low end ITX computer for her other programs that would require a little more processing power.

What do y'all think of this? Would it be better to go with a small laptop instead? The main reason I want to go with this is that she can have portability (she doesn't have a locker, so everything she needs has to be carried around with her all day) and then can come home and have a full system that she can use.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 11
I have this setup, its fine for typing, its cheap as well and acts as a netbook and a tablet.

or if you want more processing power, but less batterylife, cheaper as well:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215167

but it comes down to price and performance and batterylife, if batterylife is 1# get the eee pad transformer, if not get the laptop I posted.(it has 5+ hours of life on battery)
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post #3 of 11
I would stay away from tablets with mobile operating systems for productivity. My vote for the netbook.
post #4 of 11
asus trasnformer 2 with keyboard doc, you will be able to load google docs and do what you need to do.
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Laptop wins every time for functionality, tablet wins for kewl points. In short, there are plenty of powerful laptops under 400 that will demolish transformer with dock in functionality.
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Please get a laptop with real functionality behind it.
    
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post #7 of 11
Kindle Fire. $199 and competes with many of the big names in performance.
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post #8 of 11
I'd suggest not getting a tablet. I find a laptop very handy and there are lots of things that I could not do on a tablet that I need to do for school. Look at getting a ultrabook or something similar that is portable, has pretty good battery life and is still powerful enough to be useful.
post #9 of 11
Lenovo thinkpad tablet android. Has a digitizer pen, gorilla glass, you can use it on 3g/4g with the proper modem/plan has a keyboard dock, and a mouse you can buy with it, not to mention built in VPN and office productivity suites.
Edited by Sneaky Payload - 10/20/11 at 6:31am
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If it's her only computer, get a laptop. I use a transformer for my sole mobile computer, but it wouldn't work if I didn't have a desktop as well.
    
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