So, right now I'm looking seriously at two new models for the fall and I'm wondering what other people in a similar situation are thinking. What are you planning on? What models are you debating over? When are you planning on buying?
What I've been thinking about...
Toshiba M400 Tablet (customized w/ T2500 Duo)http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cmod.to?seg=HHO&coid=-30603
Lenovo Thinkpad X60 (customized w/ L2400 Duo)http://www-131.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?viewByAttrValue=Intel%2F%26%2F%23174+Core+Duo+processor+L2400+%3CSTRONG%3E1.66GHz%3C%2FSTRONG%3E&sortBy=Price&storeId=10000001&langId=-1&catalogId=-840&categoryId=2059153&dualCurrId=1000073
I like the idea of writing on the tablet (I think differently, mainly more carefully, when I write) and the flexibility of using it in cramped places in tablet mode while still being able to use it like a regular notebook. I'm also enamored with having a built-in optical drive (which I tend to use with regular frequency). I talked to a student that has the predecesor of this machine (the M205) and she loves it.
As for the X60: it will be lighter in terms of weight and have much better battery life than the M400 but, sadly, it's not a tablet. Then there's the solid reputation of the Thinkpad and IBM engineering (which I don't think is completely gone from the Thinkpads). Plus the student discount I was offered on the phone with a Lenovo representative sweetened the deal and my brother may be able to hook me up with an IBM employee for the employee discount.
If the tablet version of the X60 were available (estimates for availability range from 6-9 months) then this would be a no-brainer. I suspect they'll have the tablet with the low voltage Duo processor which would continue the sweetness.
The Lenovo X41 seems nice but I'm in no hurry to buy technology that will be old hat almost as soon as school starts.
I'm going to wait until the X60 and M400 hit stores to try them out and hopefully pick a winner. And I suspect by summer the price points on both will have improved (especially Toshiba's customization options).
Finally, another interesting machine that's probably worth a peek is the new Vaio SZ series:http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers_SZSeries&Dept=computers