Introduction: I'll be moving abroad in September for a minor in Berlin and I am contemplating on which laptop to buy. I will only be there for 5-6 months and I don't intend to bring my huge behemoth of a desktop (20kg) to a small single-room apartment. I will need my laptop for taking notes in class so I was thinking of getting a small, lightweight laptop that I can connect to an external screen and various peripherals to turn it into a comfortable workspace when needed, maybe even through a usb 3.0 dock like this badboy or its thunderbolt equivalent. Ideas: While I am tempted to go for a Sony Vaio Z, at €1600 for my preferred setup it is just too much for now. My current plan was to get an Asus EeePC 1225B and just cobble together a nice little setup from that. My current mini-laptop is an old EEEPC 1000H first generation Atom but I will be selling that one to my parents for their travels. I am not too keen on most of the current Ultrabook offerings. Not enough ports, lousy keyboard and too much money for a slow cpu and gpu. Uses: I will mostly be using this for some text editing, browsing the web and watching HD video. The most stressing game that will be played on it will be TF2, which can be scaled down and still look good. Budget: With an external screen (full HD 22” or 24”), speakers and a mouse up to €1000 / £800 . Preferably I want to keep the total package well under that price. Got the keyboard covered already. Preferences: To sum it all up I want: - Lightweight! (<1.5Kg preferred) - 13 Inch maximum screen size - Good connectivity (enough ports, minimum of 3 usb) - USB 3.0 ports (For HDD) - Able to play HD video - Be 'zippy' enough not to be annoyingly slow - Low price (means more money for externals) - Not so fast that I am tempted to spend my time gaming, I am in Berlin damnit! - Good battery life (+4 hours) My questions to you: - Does anyone have any experience with this Asus or any other of the new Brazos from AMD? Is it fast enough to be used as your main pc if only for a while? - Similar alternatives? - Any alternatives with a thunderbolt port? - Tips on a good external 3.0 HDD 1TB? I tried to be as complete as possible, but if you think I missed something please ask. My intention is to order it this August and perhaps buy a few of the electronics over there in Berlin. I will be visiting Canada and the U.S. this summer, but I will probably not be able to buy any electronics because of software, electric outlet and customs. Might try though.