I'm in the market for two laptops.
The first is for the Virtual Stepdaughter who is going back to grad school to get her masters in education. Her current Dell laptop is a 2005 vintage from her freshman year in college. It is more than a bit outdated.
Her non-negotiables are built-in DVD/CD-Rom, Intel (or AMD) based, and decent battery life. She will need to carry it to class sometimes so weight is a major secondary consideration. While her classes will meet only one day a week in person, she'll have additional work to do through Blackboard and/or WebCT.
My consideration on this laptop is that it not cost more than $600 or so.
The second laptop is for me. I'm in the market for an ultrabook or something light, thin, and MacBook Air-like. I'm torn between the MacBook Air and an Intel Windows 7 based ultrabook. I plan to use it for blogging from the road and the like. Battery-life and weight are my major considerations. I'd like it to be under 4 pounds. I don't have any preference between a solid-state drive vs. a more traditional harddrive.
I can get employee discounts on HP and Dell through work and because I'm adjunct faculty at a local university I'm eligible for higher ed pricing.
My goal is to purchase these during North Carolina's tax-free weekend of August 3-5.
Thanks for any and all suggestions.