I’m having to do a lot more travel, so I want to buy an ultralight PC. I think I want to buy a Toshiba Portege R500. Here’s a review. I’m also wondering what options I should choose. I understand it’s available with a 120 Gig hard drive or a 64 K solid state memory if you pay extra. Are there any big advantages of the solid state memory? Do Troppodillians suggest any other options on this computer – or different computers – to consider? Sony have a similar product but it’s got a smaller keyboard I think and is quite a bit more.
Are there other computers I could get in the same class – lightness is my highest priority but I want something that I can hook up to an external keyboard, mouse and screen at home and use as my main computer so I don’t have any backing up to do when travelling.
I don’t think I want to buy a Mac Air. It’s cool and all, but way heavier than the Toshiba (even though it has solid state memory and no CD reader) and I don’t have the software. Why Steve J thinks I’m motivated by thinness more than weight is a little beyond me.
Also, because of the outrageous way they carve up the markets, this costs A$3,300 here and US$1,999 from the US – that’s just on Toshiba’s US site – though I’ve not been able to find a better price on discount sites I’ve used previosuly. So I’ll be shipping it over myself from the States. Any better ideas regarding places and firms to buy and ship from?