Advice on buying a Laptop
I am looking for some advice.
I am in the process of purchasing a laptop and trying to decide which one suits me best. I have planned to purchase a Dell.
Firstly I will describe my requirements. I am a college student who needs a laptop for wireless internet access, word processing, sql server, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, email and a lot of project work. I also do some web design on the side, primarily .NET so will probably be using Visual studio. I would like the laptop to help me in final year and also be set up correctly for when I enter the business world.
Some personal wishes (hopes) include lightweight, powerful (Pentium or centrino processor), medium to large sized screens, fast, medium sized storage (30 40MB +), Bluetooth enabled, XP Professional, DVD rewriter, USB 2.0 etc.
I understand that I will have to perform a trade-off in my requirements but was hoping to get as many as possible in my laptop.
I was looking at the latitude and inspiron series and have wondered the benefits of each.
Also what is the norm widescreen or other and what does the future hold? A major issue I have is that my laptop would be future compatible and be aimed for the future and be able to adapt with changes in technology.
Could somebody give me a hand choosing a laptop or advice on what I should look out for, and which Dell may complement my needs best. I would appreciate it a great deal.