writing myself and am very happy with the keyboard on my HP DV4000... nice action on the keys, big enter, caps lock shift and space bar keys... and a solid feel with no flex. Cheaper than the IBM as well.
Be sure to take a look at 15.4 inch wide screens. I apprecate having two documents open side by side on the wide screen.
All I essentially need is an excellent keyboard -- I am a writer, and am looking for something that entails the greatest amount of comfort while typing; I've tried a few Dell models, but their keyboard design is not raised (like it brilliantly was in the old-school Inspiron 5000e days), which I find awkward, if not disappointing (i.e. my thumb keeps hitting the bottom border below the spacekey). My eye is on a low-level IBM Thinkpad z60m (1.4 Ghz, 256 RAM); so far as I can tell the keyboard looks brilliant -- does anyone have any other recommendations that perhaps are a little cheaper? All I ask for is a model that has its keyboard raised -- also, a decent battery (at least three hours of life for the primary). Also, I would prefer to keep it below $1000 -- ideally in the $600-900 range.
Should I go with the Thinkpad?