I've used a Pentium 3 desktop with an Nvidia force independent video card, a Celeron Compaq 2100 with Ati Radeon (shared memory) and a Compaq nx6110 with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900.
Of the three, amazingly its the Compaq 2100 that has the best graphics rendering. I'm positive it's Ati Radeon graphics chip which makes all the difference. Pictures are crisp, details are abundant.
Stay away from Celeron based laptops unless all you want is just basic computing. Multi-tasking is so tedious on these laptops, they're just too darn slow, even at 2 ghz.
Having at least 512 mb of ram or even more than 512 can really help boost the speed of your laptop if video memory is shared.
Cnet has a feature on the best laptops for Photoshop, you may want to check that out.
Good luck and happy hunting.
I'm looking into buying a notebook and I think I've found a pretty good deal in the Acer Travel Mate 4502WLMI (canadian model) but was wondering about the integrated graphics because I've never used them before or seen them in action. The notebook looks pretty good and I've found it for under $1000 canadian, which is $400-$700 less what it sells for in the other stores I looked at. The notebook's based on the Intel 855 GME chipset with integrated graphics. If anyone is interested, detailed specs can be found here http://www.acer.ca/acerpanam/page4.do?dau22.oid=6718&UserCtxParam=0&GroupCtxParam=0&dctx1=27&ctx1=CA&crc=1247871870
What I would primarily be doing with the computer is surfing the web, using various Microsoft Office products, watching videos (including streaming broadcasts), editting/re-encoding videos, editiing graphics with Photoshop, transferring data from other harddrives, and backing things up on CDR or DVD; occasionally I may play games, particularly online ones. I was wondering how good the graphics would be for these activities. I am particularly interested with the flow of the video; for example, if some things move slower or are choppy. Are integrated graphics compatible with most software? Do these graphics have more problems like conflicts with hardware, freezes, do they stop working earlier, etc? Can these graphics be fixed if the chip ever fails or would I basically have to get a new computer?
On a side note, are all ATI graphics in notebooks not integrated? I was under the impression that they weren't integrated but I saw several notebooks that come with ATI graphics that said they had integrated shared memory, or something like that.