Hey, a mate asked me to help him choose a laptop and i was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. He's looking to spend about 1000 quid (~$1500 US), the laptop should be general purpose as he's not a big gamer but would probably like to be able to run recentish games on it (eg Unreal II / 2003 ). Battery lifetime isn't really a big concern as chances are he won't use it much on the move.
My thoughts so far were along the lines of:
> 2GHz P4 or AMD (prob AMD cos they seem generally cheaper)
2 or more USB 2 slots (seems standard)
64MB graphics (I'm gonna double check on the games thing)
Bigger the screen the better, are there different types of screen, any i should look out for / avoid?
Wireless networking might be nice, but can be added later
don't need firewire, but that seems standard as well.
So far the best one i saw was:
Spec: Mobile Athlon XP 2500+ processor, 512MB 266MHz DDR RAM, 64MB ATI Radeon Mobility 9600 graphics, Panasonic 2xDVD RAM 2xDVD-R 1xDVD-RW 8xDVD 16xCD-R 8xCD-RW 24xCD drive, AC'97 Audio sound, 15in TFT screen with 1,400x1,050 pixels, 56K modem and 10/100 network port. Weighs 3.1kg.