I am sick, I admit it. It started a long time ago but I had suppressed it for a good while. I started getting the fever again when I played with Kevin’s MSI Wind in San Francisco. So small and light yet a real fighter. Still I held on and fought the netbook fever. Even yesterday seeing the little Asus EEE PC in Best Buy I fought the sickness although admittedly that was easier with the too tiny keyboard on the Asus.
Then today I get ready to head out to the coffee shop where I know I’ll be safe. No way I’ll see any fine netbooks there to get my motor running and bring the fever back to a high boil. Then I made a big mistake. I threw the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 into its little sleeve and headed to the coffee shop. Sure the U110 is not a netbook, it’s way too expensive to meet that category requirement. But it was too late, the small form factor with its 11.1-inch screen is just barely bigger than those 10-inch netbooks. The nice keyboard is only slightly bigger than those on the bigger netbooks and the 3 pound weight is near netbook weight.
As I sit here typing this the fever is growing nearly out of control. A full-featured netbook can do this so easily and carrying it around couldn’t be easier. Darn you Lenovo and your U110. I was so close and now..
Now to decide on the perfect netbook if one exists. My needs are simple, it must have a 10-inch screen so the keyboard will support touch typing with my big hands. It must run Windows XP so I can use all the utilities I already have honed to perfection to do this kind of work. A 6-cell battery is a must and probably a second one to come along for extended trips. That’s about all of my requirements for the moment. Which one best fits the bill for me? There’s just SO MUCH netbook information out there I can’t digest it all.