notebook/laptop recommendation

Hello, I need a recommendation for a laptop or notebook computer.

Please post only comments until I evaluate the suggestions.  Thank you!

Requirements:

1. The notebook will be used primarily for demonstrations therefore an active (TFT or comparable technology) screen is mandatory.  Large screen size is also VERY important.

2. I need the ability to connect external monitor and mouse.  A keybord connector is also nice.

3. A CD-ROM, a modem and an ethernet port will be nice.

4. Processing power, weight and batery life considerations are secondary.

5. Price.  I'm looking for something below $1500.

Please suggest models and where to purchase.
Please supply URLs to reviews or comparisons (if available).

Thank you.
zviorAsked:
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alexoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Good luck!
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alexoCommented:
This is not strictly laptop related but you may find it interesting:

To check for best prices:
  http://www.pricewatch.com
  http://www.computeresp.com
  http://pricescan.com
  http://www.netbuyer.com
  http://www.bottomdollar.com

To get mail-order satisfaction surveys:
  http://www.ct.net/~zoo/zoo/results.htm

For a list of companies and related info:
  http://found.cs.nyu.edu/fox/catalogs.html
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istal112898Commented:
http://www.onsale.com/ try this site. sometimes they have good deal. it is an auction place and most of the time cheapest prices than wholesale.
for a notebook I would suggest you to get an AMD K6-2-300 (ARM COMPUTER)
13.3 screen, in this site. http://www.sharplaptop.com

it does what you want and powerful notebook. and it is just 1430, more power and size will be more expensive.
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Jason_SCommented:
I may be biased a bit, but Gateway (www.gateway.com) portables are very good, and have allot of neat features.  Their compatability testing is the best in the buisness.

The systems I have had the most problems with as a whole are Toshiba's.
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istal112898Commented:
Gateway Laptop are not under 1500$ unless you get a small one and old CPU.
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T38JetCommented:
I have a Compaq Presario 1625 that I just LOVE

AMD K6 - 266Mhz
3.2 GB HD
32 MB RAM
24x CD ROM
56K Internal Modem
2 PCMCIA Slots (I use 1 for a NIC)
800 X 600 Screen (great picture)
JBL Pro Speakers (sounds great)
Mouse, Keyboard, and Video ports
Windows 98 PreLoaded

I paid about $1400 for it (new)

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ZenMasterCommented:
Compaq's are nice, but you might want to consider upping your $ limit a little.  If you do, you can buy a Dell, which is just about the best type of notebook on the market right now.
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Jason_SCommented:
As you see zvior, there are allot of different opinions here.  It comes down to what you are comfortable with.  Good luck.
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zviorAuthor Commented:
Thanx to all!
Now is the hard part: decision making! :-)
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Jason_SCommented:
I don't know that you should pay points out for this information.  It is more of gaining peoples opinions rather than a straight forward definative answer as to who is the best.
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zviorAuthor Commented:
I think that alexo gave me a lot of information therefore I will give him the points.

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