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Sep 29th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Best Laptop for Travel

I am looking at getting a new laptop for when I travel. I am torn between two extremes: Macbook Air and the 17" Macbook Pro. Both seem to have huge advantages and disadvantages.

I thought about getting something in between, but I already ruled it out. I wouldn't mind carrying on the Macbook Air, but with anything heavier, I want to check it. If I am going to check my laptop anyways, I might as well get the best performance.

Do any of you experiences with either of these Macbooks?

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Sep 30th, 2009, 03:53 PM
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I would never put my laptop in my checked baggage. Electronics, especially items like laptops, have a habit of disappearing from checked bags.

If the main purpose of the laptop is for travel, consider getting a netbook. If you don't want Windows, you can also get them with Linux/Ubuntu.
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Sep 30th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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I would never check a laptop!
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Oct 1st, 2009, 01:25 AM
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Never check a laptop, or a camera, or anything like that!

If you want it for travel only then go for something smaller than a 17" - it will save weight and be easier to carry.

Does it have to be a Mac - do you have lots of Mac programs already? If not then look for one offering the new Windows7 which is supposed to be very good. The problem with Linux/Ubuntu is that not all applications support them as OS.

My husband takes his 17" laptop as carry-on with no problems, and he flies a lot, for business as well as when we go on holiday, with it.
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Oct 1st, 2009, 08:02 AM
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If I were getting something new & for travel, I'd look into one of the smaller Netbooks, not a regular-sized laptop.

I just have to say it again... NEVER check a laptop. That's just asking for it to get stolen.
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Oct 2nd, 2009, 10:24 AM
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hey shellidawn~ Did you all notice? This thread made "Travel Tip of the Day" for October 2nd!
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Oct 4th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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No, I don't even know where to see "Travel Tip of the Day". Is that on the main page?
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Oct 4th, 2009, 12:48 PM
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Oh! Found it. My eye generally goes straight to the list of topics on the left. Never noticed that section before. I'll have to look around the pages better.
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