Let's hope you are not looking for a gamer's laptop as these rarely make it past year 2 without 10 minute batteries and scorch marks.
Alright, so I am looking to get a laptop for college. Here's the jist of things:
1. My budget is around $1800
2. I need something portable: under 5 lbs and preferably a 13 in. screen
3. I will be an engineering major, so I need something that is powerful. I'm thinking core 2 duo, somewhere in the 9500 range (2.5 ghz) with 4gb of ram.
4. I looked at a few models, and I noticed that many laptops this size have really crappy integrated video cards... not for me. I will be doing some gaming, video, etc..
I've researched some of the dell models (which seem to be the best for the money, but correct me if I'm wrong), particularly the XPS m1330 and the XPS studio 13. I know that the m1330's are dropping like flies from hardware failures, but I haven't seen many reviews of the studio 13 (which seems to fit my needs, as far as graphics and speed go). If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.