So, you need a laptop. Right now, I'm typing this blog on an HP dv5000 which has a 100 gig hard drive and 2 gigs of ram. I've yet to have any issues with this.
This is a two year old reconditioned machine,and its still going strong. I'm currently using Windows XP Media Edition since I have additional I/O ports for
different SD cards. I purposely bought this with flexibility in mind, what do I want to do with it, and can I grow with the rig?
I currently use this to teach contractors license law classes online in CA, using WebEx software, a Logitech video camera, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (it still works). In my humble opinion,
this is where the classroom is headed.
By the way, my wife has an HP G71 64 bit laptop with Windows 7, and she loves it. She is currently using it to perform financial calculations and performance analysis.
What about kids going to college?
Get in touch with the college's IT department and ask for the system requirements. Is the campus set up for Windows Vista, or version 7? Hey, like I said, I'm still using XP (still works).
Also, disable any current anti virus software, and install the campus version. My daughter is at Cal Poly SLO, and is currently using Norton's campus version of their anti virus program. Be vigilant, and run the scan weekly to avoid any issues.
What can I say, HP makes great laptops!