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Thanks MR - certainly worth considering.I would get a small but high performance laptop. It's just so nice to be able to drop it in a bag or move to deck/porch...
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Add and external monitor and cordless kbd/mouse combo and you can't tell it's a laptop you are working on. These days you can get a large LCD for under $200. Kbd/mouse combos prob as low as $50
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If you ever need a DVD player, you can get externals for $30-40. These days I don't even keep mine connected since most software deliveries etc. are download only. I no longer use discs to archive photos, just because tiny portable SSD drives are huge capacity and inexpensive.
Dell hubs are expensive (if you need it) but i got my first one at local Staples and I think it was around $50. Enough to give me some extra USB ports.
I pondered a tablet/laptop combo and decided it wasn't necessary for me, even after years of carrying one on-sites and sketching directly on panels with stylus etc. These days I just don't need it enough to justify add'l cost.
Just one data point... ymmv and all that!