For the price and convenience I am going to suggest a netbook. I have had mine for around three years and for the most part I love it. The tiny screen took some getting used to at first (went from a desktop to a netbook - yikes!) but they are extremely portable and lightweight and it is more than capable of letting me do things like word processing, surf the net, download stuff, etc. Also mine has really held up, it still runs well and stands up to things like a bad owner that may have dropped it a couple of times, who may have a cat that sometimes thinks the corner of the computer is a chew toy.