Up to this point I’ve been a pretty loud supporter of the new operating system anyway. I installed the consumer preview on a Samsung ultrabook and that process went fairly smoothly, with only a few snags (that are to be expected in any operating system upgrade). I played with the new interface and actually liked it – even on a laptop.
But then I realized how tightly integrated the new OS is with Windows Live – and that’s when the whole thing started to go right off the rails.
Buying guides for laptops, netbooks and tablet or slate computers can be found all over the Internet these days. If you’re looking for a notebook, they’ll point you to a review for a Samsung R590 (one of my favourites). If it’s a netbook you’re after, you can get lots of info on the Samsung N145.
All these reviews and buyers guides will give you great information about notebook computers and the features they have – but they all have one thing in common: they all assume you know what kind of machine you want. But what do you do if you don’t even know that yet?
With such a dizzying array of machines on the market these days, that is actually the first question you should ask. Fortunately finding the right answer requires no technical knowledge at all.