A month ago, I went bike touring for a week through treacherous mountains from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. I brought with me my mother's Lenovo laptop which weighs in a hefty 8 pounds plus the charger which was another pound. The laptop contributed to my bike's punishing weight but it was a godsend because I was able to get around with my laptop very well.
Now, I will be going on my second tour, only this time in Spain and Morocco. I'll bring my Canon 7D camera and take photos and videos in RAW. This means that I'll need substantial space to store my collection while I am on the tour. I've been debating on what laptop to bring. I can't bring the Lenovo laptop because it isn't mine. What I do have are two laptops and a dreamy tablet:
Dell Mini 9 - It's light at 2.28 pounds along with the charger which is something like .75 pounds, works just fine albeit slow, completely dead battery so I'd have to replace it for $25 and will last me 4 to 5 hours, and has absolutely no storage space at 8 GB. So I'd have to consider getting a hard drive enclosure for $16 and couple it with a 640GB hard drive which will all weigh 1.5 pounds. Combine everything and I'd pay $41 and carry 4.53 pounds.
Dell Inspiron 640M - It's somewhat heavy at 5.3 pounds along with the charger which is another pound, works fine but screen brightness has weaked due to age and it wobbles around like it's raving, performs better than the Dell Mini 9, completely dead battery so I'd have to replace it for $31 and it will only last me 3 hours at most, has decent storage space that I would not complain at 80 GB. It would only be a $31 upgrade with a total of 6.3 pounds.
HP TouchPad - I would take this... but I don't have it. Obviously, a tablet would trounce everything else but I don't have the money to pay those greedy sellers at eBay for a HP TouchPad 16GB. I can't justify a $235 tablet when it was just being sold at $99. It does at least 7 to 8 hours of battery life though and I'd also bring a hard drive and enclosure. Together, it would be $251 at 3.13 pounds which is simply pure win.
What are all of your opinions about this? Should I suck it up and buy the tablet and enclosure? Or should I be smart about it and go with the cheapest path for my Dell Inspiron 640M? Or should I be willing to invest in an extra $10 for the Dell Mini 9? What would you do? Keep in mind that when bike touring, even an extra pound means an extra pound to pedal up that hill.