There is /almost/ an infinity of choice when it comes to modestly priced (and performing) laptops and tablets for Christmas.
HP Chromebook 14
Whilst not perfect the price is quite low. The annoying factors for this Chromebook are
a) No Backlit keyboard
b) No touchscreen
c) Heavy as hell!
Dell Venue 11 Pro
a) 2GB Memory and 32bit Windows
Acer Haswell Chromebook C720
Not as athetically pleasing as HP Chromebook 11 (2013) , but works a lot faster
Microsoft Surface 2 Pro
Asus Transformer Trio
A real trendsetter
a) High resolution screen, but rather small
b) Spinning Hard disk - dumb!
c) No Backlit Keyboard
Lenovo Touch U430
Looks good to me
a) Not uber expensive
b) Ethernet Port
c) Available with 8GB memory
d) Backlit Keyboard
e) Lowres screen but it's large
f) Faster processor and highres screen models not available anywhere!
Hopes for 2014
- Decent Chromebook, with a higher spec not a lower price
- Apple to enter the touchscreen Laptop market (or do they just want you to buy both a tablet AND a laptop?)