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I am using a Samsung Notebook 9. Not the note the Notebook. They come in 2 flavors and work as a tablet with a stylus or an actual laptop. Battery life is decent and doesn't cost the x360 price. though it is still spendy.
I use a Microsoft Surface Pro for my bring everywhere with me computer. It is so light I hardly know I'm carrying it. And the display is wonderful!
They have a pretty wide range of models so you should be able to find the balance between speed, storage and and cost you like. If you do get one with low storage to save money, you can expand the storage with a micro-SD card.
It will of course fulfill your tablet use, simply tear off the keyboard, or fold it behind (you do have pay extra for the keyboard and pen though).
Lacking direction is often just the removal of a compass point, so you could have something like "Winter lacking direction = winter - W(est) = inter" or "Guard lacking direction = sentry - S(outh) = entry".
Could also be a non-cardinal point like SE (South East), NE (North East) etc. or in some cases the full word (north/south/east/west).
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
In lacking direction means I, i.e. remove N(orth) from In.
This would make the puzzle: I in basic instincts acts like neanderthals.
Either add I to the synonym of instinct
Neanderthals being extinct; remove I from Basic Instincts itself or a synonym?
I come up with this version simply because the first 'In' seems redundant somehow. Simply Lacking direction would've been good enough to convey the point about compass directions.
I had thought of CAVEMAN as well, and the best I could come up with was Basic Instinct = CRAVE, Direction = R for right, so Basic Instinct Lacking Direction = (CRAVE - R) = CAVE. But I was stuck on how to get MAN.