I received a new laptop several months ago and I would say it saves me energy and time.
It is a HP-Compaq tc4400, and, as the model name says it, it is a TabletPC :
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz CPU
120GB of Hard Disk
It is fun to see how I can be more efficient with a simple new laptop….Before, I was with my laptop and a pad to write things like meeting notes, important actions to take or whatever. But, associated with OneNote, I can do it in only one place. I can organize my notes as I want, take pictures and include them in the notes or, best of all, make a drawing and keeping it in a digital format before sending it in as a pdf file. Once the meeting is finished, I am already ready to send the minutes of the meeting.
The "bad" side, is that the screen is a bit little. But I can go around this by plugging an external monitor to it. And I can say that working on a 22 inches wide screen monitor is simply great. And also, what a surprise to see, when you open the package, starts the laptop and after having the "Please make a backup CD of your system" message on the screen that DVD drives do not come with the laptop and that it is an optional device. After a new order for that little piece of hardware, it is just a dream…
I took this opportunity to not install any development tool. Indeed, since the beginning of the year, I prefer to rebuild my development machine by copying and pasting the virtual hard drive and using it with Virtual PC rather than formatting my hard drive and re-installing the whole laptop. We learn lessons…. ! Even better : To use Virtual Server instead of Virtual PC, but that will be the topic of another post.