I bought a Samsung NC20.
This laptop rocks. It’s so tiny (but with a decent 1280×800 screen and a full-size feeling keyboard), fairly inexpensive (around $550), about 2 lbs lighter than my old one (Dell Inspiron 600m), and can handle PDFs, Windows Live Writer (my offline blogging tool of choice), Google Chrome (my browser of choice), Skype (free video phone calls).
It’s much easier to write while on the Metro, etc. Now that most everything I do is Web-2.0 style stuff with the data stored on the network, it’s more seamless to transfer between laptops. I’ve got all my research on the other one so I may have to use a memory stick or external USB hard drive to transfer stuff over but until then it’s not like I’m missing much.
I ended up not getting Microsoft Office so I’m going to give Open Office a shot. That and Google Docs should be able to manage.
Anyone else know of some hidden gem piece of software you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments.