My oldest son will be a freshman in college next year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I know a LOT has changed in the 20+ years since I graduated from there and we are trying to decide on laptop size/specs. He is wanting a 17" screen, but I'm concerned that this will be too big/bulky to carry around. Keep in mind, we will be buying in the $600-800 price range if at all possible. We bought mostly Dell's in the past, but I'm looking at the Acers on Newegg, etc. I'm not opposed to a mac, but we've got three Windows machines at home.
Also, do you have a recommendation on a good waterproof bag. We used backpacks back in my day, but he's wanting a Messenger Bag. I don't care, just want something fairly waterproof for the miles hiked around campus.
Thanks guys...trying hard not force what was "cool" in my day on him. Although it's funny to see all the stuff that is coming back from the 80's..