Office Depot had that 650 buck Core 2 Duo Lenovo with just about everything. Why is XP Pro a requirement? Nothing seems to need that from your list.
The bottomline is name brands at 700 and less are available that will do this. But I want to comment on the "without problems" items. This is still Windows with all the issues that everyone has. No maker has this fixed. We still must install a CODEC at times or just use another player.
The USB transfer is an interesting item since I haven't found a laptop without USB ports, but none come with the special transfer cable.
First off, this won't be me primary machine. I have all my stuff on my full-size PC. I need this now because I will be preparing for the USMLE, and I need to watch the medical videos, and write notes in the books at the same time, all on my desk, and without interference from my family; they have the other PC.
I don't know what's the difference between a laptop and notebook really is. But anyway, here are my criteria;
- Running Windows XP Pro or Home (don't know if Vista is good too).
- I need one that will be capable of playing mpg videos from CDs via Windows Media Player without problems.
- Be small as possible as the extra screen size will not be of very big use to me (I have heard of Flybooks and Sony Vaio).
- Floppy disk drive.
- 20Gb of storage or a bit less is sufficient.
- Ability to transfer stuff from my PC to it and vice versa via a USB cable.
- Acceptable battery life (though I'd be connecting it to the power outlet all the time since it'll be on my desk, indoors).
- Bluetooth, internal LAN card would be nice, but not very necessary.
So as you see, I don't need a high-end laptop/notebook. I'd like to hear your opinions on the normally-size laptops as well as on the smaller-sized ones, with hints about the prices. I've heard Flybooks and Sony Vaio are pretty expensive.
I will need to decide within 15 days.
I'd appreciate your advice.