Originally Posted by camaraderie
Toughbooks are great if you really need the rugged/waterproof/daylight capable screen....but if not, get a "throwaway" and back it up and you'll be ahead of the game financially and feature wise.
I agree with Cam. It used to be that picking out a laptop was a major purchase that you spent quite a lot of time considering, a treasured item that had to last for years, etc. Now with 300$us netbooks, who cares. Just make sure it is easy to pull the hard drive out of it.