I’m enjoying a very pleasant, on-time flight–yes, that’s right–on Alaska Airlines, which has great in-flight wi-fi and other nice perks as well. My only problem is my ancient laptop battery that holds its charge for about 22 seconds (currently rockin’ the Nexus tablet with the Logitech keyboard–very excellent with loooong battery life, but it’s not a laptop).
So here’s my question for the IT-inclined out there: what’s the best laptop on the market for an aging road-warrior that meets the following criteria:
–long battery life;
–it’s a real laptop where I can load and run my econometric programs, like E-Views;
–not an Apple–I know they’re great but don’t want to make the jump this late in the game;
–very light–doesn’t have to be paper-thin ultrabook, though that may be the way to go;
–pet peeves, but this may be too granular: mousepad isn’t so big that your cursor is always mistakenly jumping all over the place, until your cursor turns you into a curser; doesn’t come loaded with a bunch of clunky crap;
–under $1k, all in.
Whadya got OTE’ers?