Mac users, this isn't for you. (Finally- I feel they get all the neat stuff, don't they?) Anyway, as I long time PC-user and long-time lug-a-10-lb.-17-inch-laptop around, I decided I couldn't stand it any longer. I wanted something compact to check and send emails, Twitter, read blogs and general web activities (which encompasses virtually everything I do on the computer these days). Yes, the IPhone helps, but apparently my thumbs are unusually large and typing an email on it is quite a challenge. Leads me to reply with expressive emails like "Sure", "Sounds Great", "Ok", which actually get 'auto-corrected' to "Sue", "Sounds grrr", "Or".
Voila! Dell now has a Mini-Laptop that is 9" x 6". That is smaller than my Filofax, my friends. It also weighs about 2 lbs. It fits in my purse. And I. LOVE. IT. Did I mention the price? This baby starts at $249. I loaded mine up for a whopping $349. I got mine in red, but it comes in pink, white, black and some other designs.
I also got mine with the Ubuntu Linux operating system instead of Windows XP home, which I credit with making it boot up super fast. However, if you are not technically inclined, stick with the Windows operating system. It is more difficult to install things like Flash Player and Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu versus Windows. And it is easier to find help for Windows issues. But if you love typing at the command line, go for it!
Dell basically stripped out the accessories that add weight and cost to a laptop- most notably a CD-Rom drive. It does have 3 USB ports (so you can add external anything), a video port, an Ethernet (LAN) port and a headphone jack. The keyboard keys are full size- they are just closer together. And several of the ancillary keys (parentheses, apostrophes and such) are in odd places and/or require use of the "Fn" key. I am having to learn to stop hitting Enter when I mean to use the apostrophe. Makes for some bizarre tweets.
And unfortunately, I introduced my daughter to www.pbskids.org games on it, so I'm finding my time on it being jeopardized. But for the money, it doesn't make me nearly as nervous as when she is banging on our other computers. I think I would rather buy her a mini than a Nintendo. Hummm....
So snatch yourself up a Mini, find free Wi-Fi and any place is your office.