Ok, this isn't a "what should I buy" thread. This is more of a "What my college is providing me as part of tuition" thread.
I'm headding off the the Milwaukee School of Engineering next year, and they give you a lappy for two years. After sophomore year you turn it in and they give you a newer more updated one and upon grad you get to keep it. They do this so they can support all problems on site, and so they can include the $6000-9000 worth of software on your computer (price varies on major).
So my laptop that I'll be getting in september:
HP Compaq 8510W Mobile Workstation
C2D T8600 2.4Ghz
2GB PC2-5300 (667Mhz)
120GB Sata 7200 RPM Hard drive
Blue-ray Player/DVD Burner combo
Quadro FX 570M
Intel a/b/g/n wireless
dail up modem (why?)
15.4" 1920x1200 screen
and XP Pro (I was hoping for Vista)
All in all not bad. I see no mention of what speed LAN it has, but I know it has one After Tax and stuff, before and software, this would be almost $3000. I pay about $1200 a year towards the lappy, but when you look at the fact that I'll get a newer better one in two years, it's all worth it