I'm planning to buy a notebook computer for both study and entertainment.
any suggestions on brands and models?
my budget size is around $3000.
a lot of people suggested IBM for its performance, reliability, academic support, etc.
an equal number of people suggested Dell and said Dell is the best brand for Intel processors.
I like Sony Vaio for its shape and look, but not sure if they perform equally well with the same configurations as an IBM or Dell.
Gateway and Compaq have a lot of cheap and good stuff and usually offer a better price with identical configurations, but I'm not sure if they perform as good as the rest, and it looks to me that Dell has the best post-sale services (as advertised - not sure about the reality).
any suggestions on the processors? which is best? Pentium 4 (with or without HT)? Pentium M? Athlon XP mobile?
at the same time, some people suggested me to buy a dual-mode notebook - a tablet PC with a docking station. would that be good? which way is better, notebook PC or tablet PC?