The laptop and netbook space is very interesting these days. You have a kind of consolidation around the design of these two spaces. The new Toshiba Portege R705 does a good job of exemplifying this with its sleek design, punch, and good price point.
As I was perusing laptops and netbooks recently, I became very clear to me how much netbooks have redefined the laptop space. Remember the days when getting a good laptop meant paying out $1,000-$1,500? Well, Toshiba’s Portege R705 runs for $890. Yes, that’s a lot more than a netbook, but look at what you get for that money.
You get an Intel i3-350M process, 4 GB DDR3 Ram, 500GB HD, DVD drive, 13.3″ screen running at 1366×768 (HD). It also comes with wireless N, 8 hour battery life (yeah, more like 6), HDMI output, and 3 USB ports (1 – eSata). Now, I will say that I’ve seen some deals going around here for an i5 processor for around $500.
But, the point remains that the laptop space has gotten incredibly cheap for a lot of good hardware. You can throw down under $1,000 and get a very nice laptop that will last you a while. Of course, netbooks have their place. Yeah, if you are wanting something uber portable, netbooks are hard to beat. But, you can get a laptop with a smaller sized screen for not much more and get much better hardware.