The Ultrabooks seem like they could be really cool and start as low as 500$.
I don't think Ultrabooks will be priced that low. They'll be closer to 1000$. Higher-end netbooks will be around that though.
I'm not really up-to-date with all the new processors, so is there anything crazy that separates the IvyBridge from SandyBridge?
Yeah, your needs would be covered by Sandy Bridge, I wouldn't wait if you need one for school.
@Surkov said:@Varkhan: Ivybridge isn't out yet. Some difference we know about already are that Ivybridge processors are going to use Intel's 3d transistors and the integrated graphics should be twice as powerful as Intel's current 3000 series. I wouldn't be scared by OSX. Since you're using this for school, almost everyone at a university is using OSX. If you need any help, odds are you will be able to find someone who can help.
Okay, so as crazy and great as IvyBridge sounds (from what you guys are telling me) for my current needs I can tell it's not something I absolutely need to wait for. I can be satisfied with SandyBridge.
Do you have a budget?
I have both, and have absolutely no issue switching between them. Finder isn't that different from Windows Explorer when it comes to the basics. The only thing that took getting used to for me was clicking on the red, yellow, and green buttons on the left side instead of the Windows equivalent. It's not a big change.
I didn't have a price range in mind, but ideally anything below $1500 would be great. I don't really *like* the Mac laptops, I just think they seem convenient and have a lot of stuff that could be useful in them. My main fear was getting used to the controls and to "ditch" my Windows-habits but a few months should easily take care of that. My desktop at home has Windows on it, so it would also be great to keep a semblance of continuity between the two.
@Varkhan: I agree. The ultrabooks actually look pretty neat. I would like to get the U300s if I had the money, but I don't really need another laptop, since I just got one less than a month ago. I have been thinking about asking for something like an X120e for christmas since it's pretty cheap and would be light/small enough to carry to school and have out in class to take notes, where my 15.6" laptop is not. I kind of wish that there was an ultrabook that was 11.6" or 12.1", which I haven't seen any of so far. That would be compelling. I couldn't use a small laptop as my primary computer, but I could totally use it to take notes.
Thinkpad Edge 220s. Good Keyboard = Good Laptop for note taking.
This is a normal practice. I think educational apps work well on different devices. Such sites https://edubirdie.com/assignment-writing-service do not need to use internal memory. The internal memory is the last century and the netbook is a dinosaur with a good adaptation. This is a joke, but I think that the creators of the netbook knew about cloud storage.