Well, I'll wait to buy 'til the school special offers start xP there're mostly nice precentage cut offs then ;)
Akkernight, believe me when I say that I can sympathize with your dislike for a shrunken keyboard. However, I certainly don't dislike it so much that the costs don't outway the benefits that come in the form of size, weight, and battery life that you'll get in a 10" netbook or even a 12.1" notebook. I also feel that you would think the same if you realized how bad carrying a big laptop around campus is going to be. It's your money and your laptop, I'm just giving some sound advice.
This is true, but they tend to be awkward on most laptops, as well, except maybe 17 inch ones.
Although my point was just that it isn't cramped.
Otherwise I do agree with you. Netbooks are the best.
> That doesn't account for the fact that all of the functional keys are always ackwardly placed and a number pad is completely absent.
Not on my MSI Wind. If you hold the function key (left of ctrl) then you can use the number pad that is built into other keys. See a picture: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/wp-cont...eyboard-01.jpg
This is done on a hardware level, so there's no need for drivers or any rubbish.
Having personally owned a 17" laptop, I can tell you they don't call it the "desktop replacement laptop" for nothing.
Very big, very heavy. I might move it about 4 times a year, otherwise, it sits in one place the whole time.
I can't imagine lugging that thing around school.