I am interested in hearing some opinions on laptops.
In particular I am interested in finding a system with these specs:
Win XP-- not Vista!15.4 or 17" WSXGA+/WUGA+ 1G RAM min, prefer 2G
DVD/RW wireless Bluetooth/Ethernet
optional: multi-card reader
cost: ~$1300- $1600.
I wanted to go with Dell or HP but my first requirement, XP seems to be a deal killer for these. Toshiba seems to have systems that are reasonable that meet my req--except for the WSXGA. Anyone have experience with Velocity Micro? They seem a bit pricey (about $400-500 more), but appear to be better than ave. quality.
Also, recommendations/experience with extended warranties?
My primary use will be development: matlab, C++, grad school use, but also want to be able to use for road-trips/entertainment. As to why no Vista-- several colleagues have shared horror stories on Hitler Gate's registration woes and driver/media compatability issues.
Please I don't want to start a Mircosoft/Apple, Windows/Linus war with the question. If you are particularly happy or unhappy with a certain laptop vendor/model and service, I'd like to hear about it.