John Dvorak, a fellow Cranky Geek, all around rabble-rouser and a veteran scribe is one of the original virtual workers, traveling around the country look for stories (or non stories.) Since he is good friend of ours (we have been invited to his web show often enough), we asked him what was his favorite laptop and why he used it? He dropped us an email, which goes something like this …..
Over the years I’ve always gravitated towards the most lightweight full function laptops available for personal use. Over the past five years or so I’ve gone from the Toshiba R-100 Protégé to the R-200 and that’s the machine I now use and recommend for people who want the most technologically advanced and lightest computer available. I like it because it looks hot and always gets compliments.
It’s fast. And it only weighs a little over 2 pounds. It’s also loaded with gigabit Ethernet, 1280×1024 display, 802.11g and everything else you need. And if you add a special lightweight add-on battery you get up to 7 hours of battery life.
The drawback to the machine is that all this engineering does come at a cost. The machine is not cheap. But nothing great is ever cheap. It rocks. If you do a lot of international travel you’ll know that weight restrictions and other issues complicate matters.
A lightweight notebook like this saves two or more pounds on your allowance and that can be a big deal. Until someone shows me a better product, this is the only laptop I recommend. And as a bonus it has an excellent built-in microphone and speaker setup making it a great tool as a Skype client when traveling.