I have a desktop that does everything I want it to, and I work there most of the time. But I'm thinking about buying a small laptop (11" is the ideal size, since even 13-14 is a little big for what I want) to work on command line stuff, watch videos from bed, travel, take to work, etc. Nothing too intensive (I'd watch 720p and 1080p mkv's every now and then but that's about it), and no gaming. I'd like it to have an SSD. Most of the time would be spent either using terminal/remote desktop, browsing or watching videos/movies. And I'd really like it to be as light and thin as possible to take with me.
Thing is I'm not sure which laptop suits my needs.
Out of those, I am partial to the HP as it has a slightly better CPU and 8GB of RAM as well as the choice between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Pretty solid build, as well. The last Elitebook I had took a ton of damage quite gracefully.
Right now I'm leaning towards that Samsung hybrid and the Macbook Air.
They look to be very competitive. Looks like the same processor/graphics in both.
Samsung is slightly thinner but $100 more expensive for the 128gb ssd models. Claims better battery life, but I'm not sure I'd take that at face value. Samsung has a higher resolution display, but I'm not sure you will get all that much benefit from the extra pixels on an 11" screen. I would worry about the two parts falling apart accidentally.
Air on the other hand has incredible build quality and durability. I'd be much less worried about it getting damaged, etc when traveling. Also the magsafe and all that Apple stuff is nice. Need to find somewhere that you can feel both of them - touch is really important in a personal device.
Hah. I just realized why the Samsung is thinner and lighter with more battery. I don't think it is -- Samsung doesn't appear to count the keyboard part in their dimensions/specs. Together the parts look much thicker.