Up-front admission - this thread is entirely self-gloss, so feel free to ignore it if that isn't your thing.
My old laptop had been slowly breaking down for a while now, so I finally took the plunge and bought a new one, an HP Pavilion dv7. And it's a really nice machine:
- Intel Core(2) Duo, 2.4 GHz
- 500 GB hard drive
- 4 GB RAM
- 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4560 graphics card
- Windows Vista, 64-bit
- 17.3" screen
Not only that, but between the $300-off "deal of the week" thing HP was running on the computer, and my dad's discount as a former HP employee, I probably saved about $450 to $500 (not counting the $150 instant rebate they were giving on any laptop purchased on hp.com). The computer itself (not including tax or the copy of Microsoft Office I bought separately) was less than $900. My only complaint is that it's too big to fit in my former laptop bag. I didn't realize just how big 17.3 inches is!