My week-long honeymoon in Vail ended up being a pretty good test of how much of a computer I really need to get by. As it turns out, my year-old Toshiba T135-S1305 fits the bill admirably, and it cost me less than $500 new.
Besides my phone and Kindle, this laptop was all I brought to Vail to handle our infotainment needs, and as we ended up vegging in front of the TV a lot on this trip, we used it a lot. I had loaded up several hours of television before we left as well as an assortment of cables to hook up to whatever TV would be in our condo, and with that minimal preparation, we ended up having all the entertainment we wanted. This included locally-stored videos, videos we downloaded via bittorrent after we ran out of what I brought, episodes on Hulu, Netflix streams, Rhapsody music streams, and some Flash sermon video. I also ended up blogging throughout the trip, which I hadn’t originally planned.
Although it’s got a low-power CPU (which lets it get around 8-hour battery life), it features two cores and proved capable of powering a 720p monitor just fine via its built-in HDMI port. While streaming Sherlock in HD from Netflix it stuttered a bit at first, but eventually hit its stride and played smoothly.