I have been thinking about getting a laptop computer to go with my desktop for a while now. Years, in fact. But I've never done it, because I've never really needed one and my nature is to spend money on long-term value rather than short-term gratification. Laptops depreciate so fast they feel almost disposable, thus my reluctance.
Now, however, I'm in the position of having a need which cannot be satisfied by anything else. I not only need a laptop, I need one with all the trimmings:
- Good keyboard.
- Decent screen.
- Really a laptop, not a notebook which can't sit on my lap for two hours without frying its CPU - or my legs.
- Built-in wireless.
- Is practical to work with in OpenOffice, do presentations in OOImpress, and the like.
- Enough battery life to run through several hours of talks, using the WiFi.
- And last but not least, SUPPORTED BY LINUX. It'll almost certainly come with Windoze, but if I can't boot and use Linux it's just not going to work out.
Who's got recommendations for brands, options, and vendors? What's good and not good about them?
NOTE: Please try to mention specifics for all the above bullet points if you recommend something. Screen size (both inches and pixels) is a big one. Typical price point is good too.