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Someone I know is thinking of getting a new system. He uses them mostly for crunching good sized databases, plus the usual email, web surfing, and other odds and ends. Wants to start transferring old video to dvds at some point in the near future.

He is thinking of replacing the desktop with a laptop, and asked me to "run this idea past your online compatriots and let me know if you or they think i am *****?"

This is the one he is looking at:
Toshiba® (P505-S8950) Satellite 18.4"
Intel® Core 2" Duo P8700 2.53GHz
6gb
64GB SSD
320GB  5400 second drive    
multi format dvd
Price...$1,589.00      

His current rig is a:
Core2 Duo E8400 on an Asus P5K-E (P35) mobo
8gig DDR2 1066MHz (but currently using only 4gig)
150 (74?)gig Raptor
2 x 500gig sata, raid 1
ATI 2600 PCI-E

So what do you think? Over all, is this:
a step back,
about the same,
a step forward.
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Thanks for the link, but it doesn't answer the question.
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Thanks. That's what I'm looking for.
I didn't need a detailed breakdown, just a general sense of how the laptop matches up, if there are any gotchas, etc.
I don't deal much with laptops, so I don't have any feel for how the new generation of them stack up.
I do know there are some beefy ones out now (with beefy price tags, too).
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Thanks guys.  He stopped thinking about a laptop.    : )
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