"The Big Engine in the Little Train that Could"4.5 starson by dnrbnx
Pros: Lightweight; slim form factor; low heat; quiet fan; bright screen; zippy speed; amazing battery life; solid mouse keys and smooth track pad; amazing price ($800)
Cons: The keyboard, while stylish, takes a little to get used to, but that's pretty common for most ultra slim laptops.
Not sure why, but startup is a tad sluggish. I don't really have a benchmark to compare this to, but I feel like my last computer (1.9 GHz C
Summary: I initially intended to buy a Macbook Air. But it doesn't have the new Intel chip, Sandy Bridge(yet), and let's face it: you pay a premium for Apple products. Some feel it is justified, I'm still not sure. In the end I really didn't want to spend more than $1000.
So then my heart was set on the Sony Vaio S Series. When this machine was $930, it was a toss up as to which one is better. But now that you can get the Toshiba Portege R835 P56X for $800, there's no comparison. This is simply the fastest, lightest, most well built machine at this price, bar none.
It is literally a joy to use. I like to be on the computer looking at instructions while I play video games, and heaving the old Dell on my lap was both cumbersome and much too warm. This little machine was built for sitting lazily on your lap while you simultaneously browse the internet and watch television. I'm honestly amazed I bothered with the old one laptop as long as I did.
13 inch laptops are the way to go - extremely portable with a full size keyboard and decent screen real estate. The only laptop I would own in excess of 15 inches would be an ultra slim one (e.g. a 15" Macbook Air or the new Dell XPS 15z).
The battery life kills - I love having a machine that is truly portable. I honestly feel comfortable taking it out and not brining the charger with me for the day.
In short: highly recommended for the person who likes to use a laptop for what it's intended for: portability.