But at least the effort gave me a better idea of what I think I want.
Considering that I've been lugging around a 17" laptop on all of our travels for the past 7 years, anything smaller is going to be a bonus. But I don't want too small. I think something in the 13-14" range is going to be ideal.
I'm thinking something like this...
HP ProBook 13.3" Ultrabook - Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit PC with 128GB Solid State Performance Drive
The only downside that I can see to this unit is the lack of a DVD drive. We do have a portable DVD drive but it wouldn't be coming with us this trip. Oh, and another downside is that this model is already a year old and out of production! Ha...it's brand new, and it's already old. Such is life in the world of computers! Of course the other downside is the price. I'd really like to stay under $400.
But the upside of something like this for traveling is huge. It only weighs 3.3 lbs. And the battery lasts 8-10 hours and completely recharges in under two hours. Those are some pretty good benefits.
On the cheaper side of the coin are these Chromebook laptops. The big downside to them is little to no storage. And given that we like to take and work with pictures, I don't think that will do. But holy cow, for the price it's hard to go wrong. Take a look at this one, on sale today only.
Yes, this one is refurbished (which I don't really have a problem with) but for only $209 and it includes a lifetime deal with T-Mobile for 200 MB of internet use every month. The internet part of the deal is no good for us here in Canada, but just to give you an example of why I don't want to buy one up here. The deals are to be had in the U.S.. So, even without the monthly internet allowance, this is still a great deal for anybody who is simply looking to get online. Especially with a decently sized 14" screen!
So, I'm going to keep my eyes open for something in the 13-14" range that has a decent amount of storage and is lightweight with a long lasting battery.