The laptop or notebook as it must be called now is definetly becoming more and more popular as a travel accessory with the intrepid World traveller.
I certainly thought that was the case in Southeast Asia but the same is true of New Zealand as well. I have a free wifi connection where I am staying so I am often sitting around the dining area of the hostel with my laptop. Quite often another traveller will come up to me and ask if I have a connection and then produce a laptop and share the bandwidth.
I posted the many http://www.workingnomad.com/64/the-many-uses-of-a-laptop-when-travelling/" useful reasons for travelling with a laptop before and I believe it is definetly worth the extra weight.
My main problem has been battery life with my current Dell Inspiron. Getting near an electricity point and being in a wifi zone is one of the biggest challenges the working nomad faces!
Perhaps if things continue to go well I might by one of the new Sony Vaios that promise 7 hours battery life. I’ll believe that when I see it!
So a minor annoyance for me is that I’ll be right in the mid