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The last time I looked which admittedly was a little while ago Sony Vaio and Macbook Air were the only viable Netbook size machines I would consider. The Air is great as long as you go with SSD and have deep pockets. The smaller the Vaio the more awesome and the more expensive. I worked for a guy 2 years ago who had a 10.1 inch full HD 8GB 256GBSSD foldable thing about twice the size of my phone in each dimension. They were £2500 in Hong Kong at the time and not available in the UK so he bought one for his wife as well. Nice man
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[tick] I need it to be smallish. [tick] It has to be able to handle Excel. [tick] There must be a keyboard rather than touchscreen typing for data input. [tick] Win 8 is not vitally important, but Win 7 at a minimum. [tick] Price is not a factor (within reason).
Bonus: You'll be constantly asked if you like your MacBook Air.
I played with it on a laptop over the weekend and it's a total mess: is it a desktop? Is it a tablet? Microsoft clearly thought it was a good idea to make it both, and let it jump around between tiles and desktop like a demented two-headed rabbit.
I have nothing against touchscreen laptops, but I am sticking with Windows 7 on my laptop and Android on my smaller devices for the forseeable future! Windows 9 will hopefully fix the current weirdiness.
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done. Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
Sadly good hardware in a quality build turns out to be expensive even when done by a company traditionally known for making flimsy underspecced hardware on the cheap.
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