and the winner is....
the Acer TravelMate TM3002WTCi from newegg.
But what a process. Asking yourself what the best small, portable laptop is can be quite the rabbit hole. There are so many laptops to choose from it's nauseating. Then I see a 25% off Thinkpad x40 for a Lenovo Back to School sale! Damn. $1600 for an x40 seemed like it might be too good to pass up.
But I still jones more for those Toshiba's. The Toshiba Portégé R200 is clearly just amazing, but I didn't come into this wanting to spend that much. The seemingly discontinued, but wonderful R100 on the other hand, now that was the definite #2. But no bluetooth! arg! I'm really so excited to get to the shining bluetooth place in the sky that I just couldn't bear. Plus an extra $400, plus it's much slower and I'm a pretty impatient guy. Still, that battery life and that sex appeal were durn tough to turn down.
Now my finger is hovering over the 'submit order' dammit! and you can just buy a little bluetooth USB thing..
but 20GB of space, $400 and 6.5ghz? aarrg! I hate this.
ok it's done. save for a good 25 minutes ogling the R200. But no bloody CD-Drive, made me think of the pain in the neck it will be to load things on there. Plus Chessmaster only runs with the CD in it... Besides it came out to $2260 when I put on battery #2 and that's a bunch of cabbage. Still, always difficult to not come home with the shiniest one.