Help me choose a laptop!
I'm saving up to buy a laptop - mainly for my business, so everything is portable and accessible. Guess it's a good reason why anyone would want a laptop.
Only issue is, I don't want to spend any more than $1,000. Or at least, I want to avoid doing so. Now, my thoughts currently are that Dell has the best value, and Toshiba and Asus have the best quality laptops. I have found a great deal at Dell, for $700 I get 2.00 Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667mhz RAM, 160GB SATA HDD, Intel X3100, DVD Burner, and all the basic laptop gear (wireless, bluetooth, etc). I personally hate Dell, and I'm sure you can relate to me there - but this is a pretty convincing deal (Inspiron 1525).
Do you guys have any suggestions? I'd like to use the laptop for basic activities, and perhaps a little bit of gaming (but it appears that X3100 can handle games like COD4 fairly well, so anything at or better than X3100 I'm happy with).
Oh, and having little experience with laptops, I'm just wondering if reformatting laptops work exactly the same as with desktop PCs? I mean, if I reformatted the Inspiron 1525 and installed XP Pro, would I have any issues?