If i could choose any laptop id build it myself from scratch and put what ever i wanted in it, the best of the best .
I wouldnt touch a MacBook unless it was on the Power PC chip, the new ones are an over glorified plain old intel machine nothign more,
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I'd buy a t42 with a hi-res monitor. I hate my t43.
 I rescind this statement. My t43 and I are friends now. Thinkpad FTW.
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The professional notebooks from FujitsuSiemens looks nice(not like the ThinkPads) and also has a good building quality. The cheep one from FS is just palstic crap. I own a LIFEBOOK P7120, it maby too small for you, but replasing the dwdrw with a seconary batery you get a silent ultrapotable pc lasting all day long(6-9h depending on usage):
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/products … ook_p.html
Another nice looking model is this one, maybe more your size Q2010:
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/campaign … q2010.html
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/Resource … 398809.jpg
I got one of those "profesional" acer laptops. And the only good thing I can say about it, is that the screen is readable outdoors.
The screen got marks from the keyboard, the keyboard layout is ***** (sorry, but i realy realy hate it) and it's heavy for it size, without providing the expected build quality.