I have never been a notebook user. I love being a journalist, but the job comes with a journalist’s salary and because of that I always go for the lower price tags attached to desktop computers.

But I’ve had the opportunity to review a number of notebooks, and my reaction has typically been twofold: “Neat, I can work anywhere” and “Hey, ow.”

The “Neat” comes from the obvious and real benefit notebooks provide, the convenience trumpeted by ads and industry reps who tell us notebooks have moved out of the add-on category and are now desktop replacements, pushing their stodgy predecessors out of the picture.

They have become a force, even a lifestyle. More than one notebook product manager has professed to me the joys of tripping off to the corner caf