For your price range I'd say you best bet is the dv5000z from HP you can get essentially everything you were looking for in this laptop and come in right near 800 dollars if you configure it economically. Also as for Vista capable all it means is that the laptop is technically capable of running Microsofts new operating system which should be out by January of next year and which you probably won't want to get early on. As to what is required to run this or in other words "Vista Ready" at the minimum settings even the most basic computers you can buy today can run the new OS its only when you try to get into the higher functions where you need a more powerful discrete graphics card.
hi, my name is lindsay and i will be a freshman in one month and need a notebook that I can carry back and forth across campus to my dorm. I have heard 'vista capable.' i looked it up and want it, but i have heard differing stories as to which ones are vista capable. Which ones are? I also want to be able to play a functioning game of sims2, you know, one where you click on something and don't have to wait a few minutes for a response. I also want to be able to burn DVD's. i'm leaning towards Media Center Edition. i would like a screen 15.4" but bigger would okay, and i don't really want it too heavy, either. my mom is willing to spend $800 and i'm fairly positive that's the highest she'll go. lastly, is it better to buy the microsoft office suite from school or is that all demos?