the loans are for a 9 month period. so when they allow say 10000 for rent, that is over 1000 per month. i suppose if you were to attend summer classes, they may allow you the same percentage for the 3 months.
yes that is one thing. my girlfriends aunt has a 710 M - 12.1 inch screen - and it is a nice, lightweight computer. but the keyboard is very small. even with narrow fingers you will mis-hit keys and such. if you want small but not to small, maybe something with a 14 inch screen will be better for you than a 12 or 15. as for me, i would rather spend the money on extras like speed, performance, and programs than size, but hten again i dont have money to throw around like some people do. even though the computer for me will be included in my loan package, i would rather spend 1300 of the 2500 allocated for a computer, and spen the rest on anything - food, clothing, a present for my girlfriend, gas money - anything that is needed. i will be going with somehing under 1500 but that has performance.I see "under 6 lbs." and see "a brick of lead." I'm only about the "under 4 lbs." group.
Unforutantely, the lighter computers tend to be more money. Not to mention, their keyboards tend to be narrower, no? I have long fingers, and I feel cramped on small keyboards.
the X1 from dell, the R200 from Toshiba, and Sony Viao Tx.
There are others. I recommend doing organized searches on http://www.cnet.com and http://www.notebookreview.com. Both of those sites should help. Also, see other review threads. Oingo has some great things to say about the X41 tablet, which I am also very interested in, and it weighs only 3.5 lbs.
see the computer threads above for OneNote thoughs.
Also, i can name at least three laptops that are under 3 lbs. the difference in three lbs of weight carried all day isn't trivial.