Edited to add: I opted for none of these and went with the Lenovo x61 tablet that Joe Iriarte recommended. When I looked at it, I could trick it out to have everything I wanted plus it was 25% off an already existing sale price. It gave me enough room to also get a monitor and docking station for when I’m at home and need more screen real estate.
I know you must be getting tired of laptop posts, but bear with me just a little bit longer. At the moment, I am torn between these three machines and would love someone to help me sort it out.
Whatever I pick will be my primary computer. I’ll write on it, clearly, but also do graphic design and record audio fiction. My 5-year old Averatec works for these but is sluggish when designing large books.
HP Pavillion tx2500z series
Attractive because of the touch screen and handwriting recognition. Would need to add a standalone screen probably.
Elite ThinkPad W500 15.4″ widescreen with discrete graphics
Durable and a nice big screen. Plenty of processing power.
A Crazy long battery life, lightweight and seems like a decent blend between portable and power.
Basically any of these will seem like a step up from what I have, but I’m sort of paralyzed. Your thoughts?