I'm no notebook guru myself, but I have been researching laptops for a few months now and have pretty much come to the decision that the Dell E1505 (6400 here in Canada) is the best bang for your buck.
I was leaning toward the HP DV5000 series at first, but here in Canada, there is no option to order a custom machine. Since HP's pre-configured packages didn't meet my requirements, I think I have opted for the Dell. I don't know if you can find something better if you're in the US.
As well, I was just reading a magazine called Consumer Reports, and they gave the E1505 best-in-class for the workhorse model.
The E1505 has been getting pretty good reviews everywhere I've looked, with the excpetion of the usual offshore customer service complaints (which Dell is notorious for).
Hope that helps.
Now before I go out and buy this laptop I would like to know if im making the right decision. This laptop would be mainly used for college, multi-tasking, burning cds and surfing the web. Im looking for something reliable and fast. I dont want to spend more then $1200. Is this the best i can get for $1200? Would it do all that I need for it to do?
P.S. Im a baby when it comes to this. Thanks for all your help.