Look for the following minimum:
CPU = Core 2 Duo
RAM = 1GB (or 512MB and upgrade later)
Non-integrated video (better for gaming, but shorter battery life)
15.4" screen or less (larger is harder to lug around campus)
'm looking for the best overall laptop for the money between Acer As3690 (400 dollars) and the HP pavilion dv6000z (550 dollars). I am a college student and also frequently use my PC for music listening and games. I would like a notebook with crisp graphics and a fast processor. Thanks for your help. If anyone knows of a better buy in the 500-900 dollar price range let me know. I would really appreciate some insight.