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post #11 of 48
I would go macbook air or zenbook if you can afford it. ($899-1399)

Eee Pad Transfomer + Dock is pretty good too. ($550)

If you need to go cheap, check out lenovo, specifically the thinkpad x 120e.

EDIT: and yeah, we need to know a budget
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What about a Chromebook?
    
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post #13 of 48
If you want something supplementing your desktop but don't need another truly independent computer then get a pad like the Transformer with it's dock.

If you want something cheap with a good battery life look to get a netbook. If it's only for notes then you can go as low as a single core Atom. I'd recommend Linux but you'd have to be aware that default settings in anything using recent kernels isn't going to have as good of battery life as windows (though you can tweak things to make it better if you have the time). The upside is better performance.
     
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post #14 of 48
Transformers with dock.
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post #15 of 48
I would have to agree with one of the previous posts, mac does release some extremely fine hardware attached to a media productivity OS, as much as I LOVE my pc, If I could afford to take the plunge and buy a macbook ( as well as justify the cost) for web surfing and notes (if I was in college) I would go for it... On the other hand, Microsoft based Laptops and netbooks are, and can be just as effecient for what you intend to use it for...

Choice is at your discretion, If you could afford to go either way, I say do it. Either way you should be happy with your investment
post #16 of 48
Wait for some ICS Tablets, as they have pen support. Or get the iPad2 if you don't care about that and just want an awesome web browsing/note taking/millions of apps machine
     
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post #17 of 48

Get a Tablet PC (NOT an iPad/Android). I just started using one for college last year and I don't know how I ever went to school without one. I can personally guarantee that your homework and studying will take less time with one. In classes like Literature where you have "wordy" notes you can type everything out really quickly, then in classes like Math or Physics you can use the pen digitizer to write the equations out as if it were pen and paper. Then if you need to look something up all you've got to do is type it into the search bar (yes, it can search your handwriting like that). Then, best of all, you can sync your entire notebook to your phone - I won't even mention what that's useful for .

For the past three semesters I've only ever carried 2 things to class - a Tablet PC and a pen. Several kids in my classes picked up on the idea too, after seeing how much easier it makes everything. I really think that every student should have one.


You can try OneNote without the handwriting if you're curious. And then watch this:


Edited by Manyak - 10/29/11 at 9:47am
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post #18 of 48
Thread Starter 
Ok obviously a Mac is a personal computer, everybody knows darn well what it means when someone says that. It's better than saying should I get a pc with OS X Lion or Windows 7? Everybody knows that a Mac is a personal computer.
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post #19 of 48
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I appreciate all of the serious answers, you guys have been very helpful. The asus transformer is pretty sick, I used one at bestbuy a few months ago.
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post #20 of 48
Either get a PC tablet (such as a Lenovo) with Microsoft OneNote, or an HP DM1z Netbook (or something with the AMD E-350 APU. They're FAST).
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