Laptops no longer need be feeble little underpowered things that are okay with Microsoft Word but break out into a sweat at the thought of running games or video applications.
The Amilo Xa 1526 from Fujitsu Siemens is one such model and it's not massively expensive either, with a price tag of just £810 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk.
If you're short on space, without the surface area to devote to a full PC setup, but don't want to sacrifice performance, then the Amilo Xa is a good compromise. It's a reasonably priced machine capable of turning in results that would surpass more expensive models.
Running it through the PCMark05 benchmark, its 1.8GHz AMD Turion64 X2 TL-56 processor and generous 2GB of RAM pulled in a score of 3,839, which is impressive for a laptop -- especially one in this price bracket. It's also no slouch when it comes to games -- its 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go7600 managed to rack up a 3DMark06 score of 2,332, which could give some desktop machines a run for their money.