Re: Laptop Buying advice
I'd recommend going for a Turion 64, as they're cheaper and beat Pentium M marginally in most tasks. They also hold up well in battery life, especially the MT line, but they're hard to find, sadly.
Since portability is important to you, I reccommend you try get a 9 or 12-cell battery, to extend its life.
Windows XP Pro 17" LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024)
nForce3 250 Chipset Athlon 64 2800+ w/ C'n'Q
1 x 512MB DDR400 CL3 SDRAM 40GB IDE 7,200rpm HDD (8MB Cache)
nVidia GeForce MX420 64MB PCI On-Board Audio