Starting February 10th 2014 I will be going back to the vet nursing course that I started this year and pulled out of due to my health.
I am a technology freak, I prefer to be able to type out my notes and just draw the diagrams on paper rather than write all my notes out on paper, mainly because I can type a whole lot faster than I can write and therefore can make more notes in a given lecture. Everything I have is always backed up on both my external hard drive and my study work goes everywhere with me on my 16gb memory card on my car keys.
I do have my own laptop, it is an HP g6, 15.6" this one: HP Pavilion g6 Laptop specs
It is brilliant and I can do everything on it (except play video games but I don't really play them anyway) but the only downsides for taking it in and out of course every day is the size and battery, website says almost 4 hours... I beg to differ, I get maybe an hour or two if i'm lucky.
So i'm looking at getting a smaller notebook type laptop, but i'm not sure what to get. I have had a bit of a look at the smaller Dells, and the smaller Sony Vaio ones, but I don't know... I've only ever used Toshiba and HP.
The key points for my decision making is battery and size, my course goes from 9-3 each day so it does need to last a while, though I can plug it in if need be, and can charge it during lunch time etc.
All I need to be able to do with it is connect to the internet, use USB connections, and make notes in something like microsoft word/publisher etc.
I'm not worried about having a cd slot or anything like that, no fancy stuff, I won't have my music or videos on it, I just need something that's a little more portable along with all my other gear.
2.5kg for a laptop doesn't sound like much, but when you add in the bag and the charger etc and the other stuff I have to carry around it adds up and gets a bit heavy for my liking with a bad back, so I would only take my laptop when I needed to.
It is definitely a want thing not a need thing, but if anyone can recommend a decent small laptop that I can have a look at that would be greatly appreciated, I would love to have an iPad with a keyboard case but the cheaper route is going to be to get a small laptop, maybe 10-12"? It doesn't need to be very big.
-PS, has anybody picked up on my OCD to be organised with my study?