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So I'm shopping for a new laptop. I suffer some iPad envy and would love the option of carrying something smaller than my laptop around when I travel, so I'm looking at some convertibles. I don't game enough to matter, but I love to be able to watch videos and movies so good display is fairly important.

Primarily though, I'm a writer and politics newsreader and internet schmoozer and promoter of my work. I need a good, good writing laptop, something that can withstand the physical ins and outs of the pad being connected and disconnected, as long a battery life as humanly possible, nice wiritng software, and so forth. I have a PC now but am not adverse to changing to a Mac. I hate Wondows 7 so I can only imagine what a delight 8 is, but again I'm mostly interested in what can enhance my writing life.

Suggestions? I've perusing the Macbook Air, the Dell, the HP Envy, but am open.

Thanks, guys. I renewed my membership just before posting this and am reminded why I did...DU is one-stop shopping for ALL my opinions. LOL!

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