Originally I had intended to buy something this spring but since the remaining lifespan of my Gateway can now be measured in weeks, not months, I had to accelerate the search.
Instead of buying a standard consumer laptop, I decided to build a custom notebook. Mine is based on the Compal IfL90 chassis (my other choices were the Asus C90 and Asus S96S). Turns out that it actually costs less, especially if you can avoid paying Bill Gates for the OS.
It doesn't look fancy but, it's comparable to the base model 15" MacBook Pro for about half the price. Check it out and tell me what you think:
Compal Ifl90 (Sager 2090 / Force 3297 / PowerPro J 10:15)
15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) "Glossy" LCD w/PCI-e
nVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT w/512MB
Intel Core2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz Processor w/4MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB (Santa Rosa)
(Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound )
2GB (1 SODIMM) * CORSAIR * DDR2/667 Memory
1GB Intel Turbo Memory (Robson) - (Vista Only)
120GB SATA 3GB/s Seagate Momentus 7200.2 Hard Drive at 7,200 RPM
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive
Built-in Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11a/g/n
Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
$ 1,390.98 with 3-year Warranty - Next Business Day Shipping - Lifetime 24/7