I'm getting a new laptop (thanks to Best Buy's "no lemon policy"), and I've narrowed it down to two choices:
Sony Vaio VGN-FJ270/B
1.86GHz Intel Centrino Pentium M
Intel GMA 900 128MB Shared
HP Pavilion DV2025NR
1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 128MB Shared
Both have 1GB PC4200 RAM, 100GB SATA HD, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, Built-In Wireless 802.11B/G, and Built-In Webcam/Microphone. The HP is $50 more. I'm leaning heavily toward the Vaio. I don't plan on doing a lot of gaming, but it'd be nice to be able to run HL2 on decent settings. It seems that the Intel graphics chipset could run games fairly well, but I've been unable to track down any reliable information on this. Also, I've read a lot of reviews saying that the Vaio has poor battery life. I've had less luck finding good reviews for the HP since it's newer. If anyone has any personal experience with either of these notebooks, that would be great. Which should I get?