To get the long hours that will likely blow past the 500 dollar amount so let's just keep shopping.
As to photoshop, GOOGLE that question.
I want to get a laptop.
I will use it mostly at home but will take it on the road some. So I don't need the thinest, lightest but I don't want too much weight.
I use Windows XP now and have some software (photoshop especially) that I'd like to use on this laptop. Mostly it will be for email, internet searches (wireless), light Photoshop editing and NVU editing of my web site. Battery time does matter as I will need to display my protfolio in my art booth on it. I will NOT store many files on it.
What should I look for?... RAM, Memory, processor, can you still find XP computers? Will a vista accept my older photoshop software. Any specific recommendations? Can I do this and stay within the $500 range?