acertimelineHow do you know what tech to spend your budget on? what priorities do you use to decide what gadgets get your budget?

I am at a different point in my life than I was even a few years ago. choosing what gear is best for me no longer has the same answers as then. A short time ago I was much into MMO style gaming and needed a workhorse machine.

But now after a trip to Japan and thinking of another, and going through a new stage in life I find myself wanting something with portability and connectivity and value. My budget is not unlimited right now.

I have been more interested lately in finding a laptop/notebook that can run applications and give me the connectivity for the web and social apps is far more important than horsepower. I want a portable computer that will handle web applications with aplomb, even video and batch photo processing. etc. Taking it with me on travel is far more important than pure computing horsepower.

I am very intrigued by the new Acer Timeline notebooks. up to 8 hours of battery life (yeah yeah; believe it when I see it) and up to a 15.6 inch screen.

Once Win7 comes out or even the Chrome OS from Google a notebook like that should work perfectly for what I need.

Engadget has a nice roundup of Timeline reviews. The overall verdict seems to be that the performance is middling but the extreme battery life is very good. The performance issue is not a killer for me since I am mostly interested in web applications but I do want to be able to do HD video and batch photo processing so it is a factor. Have to keep my eyes peeled.