The main issue is that most M35X models now have only shared/integrated video memory and that is why the prices have dropped so much. The M35S420 discontinued around September of 2004 had a 64mb Nvidia video card, multiformat DVD, Pentium M 735 1.7 Dothan cpu, Trubrite LCD, etc and that retailed at $1999 but sold for as low as $1799 after rebates.

The only real issue with this notebook is that is had some heat issues around the touchpad area and also they had raised feet in the back to allow more airflow to the vents underneath. The fan also came on more then the very similar HPZT3000/Compaq X1000 15.4" widescreen I have which has the fan off in normal operation (silent).

If you can live with shared video graphics than consider this notebook but there are other notebooks lighter than this like the HPDV1000 (see DV1000forums.com) or the Gateway Pentium M's (at Best buy or bestbuy.com) that also have shared video and weigh less in some cases.

Supposedly, check out the Toshiba website for the M30 series (custom order variant of retail M35X) to see if you can still in fact order a dedicated video card or not..........

Cnet has some older user reviews (look for M30 or M35 models --they are the same family) in the 7 rating range .......