So I have been kicking around the idea of getting a new laptop to replace a few things. First my desktop which I only use when I need a gaming fix, Second my very out dated Alienware laptop which still has XP on it and is slow as dirt, and finally my Nexus 7.
The first two are pretty self explanatory, the third is some what different. I bought the Nexus 7 (2013) when I still had my Droid Razr Maxx. It was going to replace my phone for video content, gaming, and my go to device at home when I was bored. And it did that well up until I got my HTC One. Now I hardly ever take it out of the dresser that it hides in.
I have had a few ideas and am not sure what direction I should take for my next piece of hardware. I would like to stay under $500 if at all possible, as I plan on selling the Nexus 7 to recover most the cost. I am mainly looking for something light weight with good battery life for all of the internet tasks I would use a computer for. I also want a good physical keyboard and a 720p or better screen. I am torn between windows vs anything else because I have used Windows my whole life and most of my personal/professional tech support comes in the form of windows based computers.
Some choices I have started researching are
Chromebooks (as a whole, no specifics yet)
Surface 2 or Pro 2 (not totally sold on Windows 8 but should learn it at some point)
Tradition Budget Laptop (no specifics yet)
Some other form of Hybrid Laptop/Tablet
I guess what I'm looking for are any opinions on what you currently own or any ideas you have. I use my phone for most things, but when I want to get on a computer I use my Fiance's Toshiba laptop. Both my computers are in the basement and quite useless.
And before it gets mentioned, I'm pretty against using Apple products. I have never liked Apple's OS and don't think I would want to use one of there over priced laptops. :-)
Thanks, hopefully we can kick up some good conversation.