Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Other Features

Introduction

I recently decided that my 7-or-so pound Dell Inspiron 4100 notebook was getting too heavy to lug around trade shows. Fortunately, even though notebooks still command a price premium over similarly-powered desktop machines, a notebook buyer's dollar goes much further today than it did even a year ago. And the deals that abounded during this past holiday buying season finally spurred me into action.

But how to choose? Anyone who has gone through the exercise of buying a notebook computer knows that it's a highly personal process. One person's "slim and light" is another's "big and heavy" (not that you'd find the latter used in a notebook marketing pitch...) and in the end, the machine that's right for you might not light someone else's fire.

Since my prospective mobile partner would not be my main machine and used only when I travel (or am testing wireless adapters), my key selection criteria boiled down to weight, battery life, and touchpad mouse control. And since I expected to replace my purchase within 2 years or so (technology marches on...), I didn't want to pay a lot to ease the strain on my back at shows. "A lot" in my case meant that I was looking to part with something in the neighborhood of around $1000, with the lower-rent part of the neighborhood being more desirable.

What follows is a mostly subjective, but partially objective look at the process I went through to decide on the machine that would be my next travel partner.

More Stuff

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I've got two Ring doorbell cameras on the exterior of my house, which has concrete block walls. I have an old Asus N66U in the center of the house, an...
View attachment 14797​ Targeting the small office/home office crowd, QNAP’s 3-bay TS-351 is powered by an Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core 2.41 GHz proc...
Is it possible to disable IPv6 DNS on Asuswrt-Merlin?I have disabled "Advertise router's IP in addition to user-specified DNS" under LAN > DHCP Server...
Hi,For many years I use a Raspberry Pi with Domoticz. And an Asus router RT-AC68U. In the router, I made a reservation for the IP-address for the RPi ...
Hey all.I have a ASUS AC68U router with Merlin's 384.7 and HP Photosmart 6510 all-in-one.I used to have no problems when scanning and printing with Li...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3