Recently I have been looking at getting either a new laptop or a new tablet computer. Unfortunately, I have found that to get a tablet, you must sacrifice at least one or more of these things: Weight Battery Life Features (I consider built in optical to be a "feature") To get a tablet that would do everything I want, I would need to get the Tecra M4. Yet if I did this I would sacrifice both weight and batery life. If I were to get something like the IBM X41, I would have to sacrifice performance and an optical drive. After eliminating both of these options, I found the fujitsu 4010, but I cannot see myself buying it. My school has student discounts on notebooks from several major manufacturers, but not fujitsu. Thus, for a "loaded" 4010 I would end up paying around $2700 for a notebook that still isn't powerful enough to do everything I want to do. (I could get a $3800 IBM laptop for $100 more ($2800) after student discounts.) Now, I freely admit that taking notes on a tablet might be very useful, but for me, as a student, note taking is the only benefit. At this point in time I cannot see myself paying the premium of a tablet pc just for note taking. Currently, I am leaning towards getting a standard laptop, yet still using onenote in class. Something that I do not understand is why everyone vaunts OneNote's ability to record lectures as a tablet pc feature. Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't I synchronize typed notes with a recorded lecture in OneNote too? So I know I am loosing the ability to write equations and draw diagrams in my notes. But at this point I don't see that as a big enough feature for me to buy a tablet (especially sice I will be doing lots of programming which is definitely not tablet pc centric). Am I making a mistake by not getting a tablet?