I couldn't resist a refurb Compaq Athlon 64 2.0GHz with all the trimming except DVD recorder for $829. It's more of a desktop replacement and is indeed portable as I used it on a demo session of my Palm software.
The neighbor picked up the Compaq V2030 which is very nice, less weight and more portable. I'd get one of those (or the DV1000 lineup) if I wasn't so keen about 64-bit. That was under 1200 bucks.
I've keep my reply to units that I see daily. My old and trusty Acer ter600 (p3-600) got a new 40G 5400 RPM HD and a 24X CDRW/DVD drive so I'll keep that around since its quite a sight to see the new portable demo with a trio of laptops on an adhoc WiFi network. I shudder to think what such a setup would have cost just 2 or so years ago.
My name is Boaz and i'm a design student in the Netherlands. For 4.5 years I've been using a pc desktop computer (PIII 866Mhz, 512MB, Matrox Millenium 450, and in total 450GB of storage space) which has served me well for both graphic (Photoshop, Illustrator) and video (Premiere, After Effects)applications. Lately, unfortunatlly, it seems to be losing it.. I've just recovered from a HD crash and its really about time for a new computer.
So.. I've decided to GO MOBILE, so i'm looking for computer which could serve me well in the fields mentioned above (3D is not relevant!). I've been reading alot in the last couple of weeks and I'm pretty much overwhelmed by information, yet I'd highly appriciate some advices, preferably BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, prefferably from someone who's also in the field of design.
Most people I know use a PowerBook, which I'd rather not convert to, unless a striking convincing argument is behind it?