Re: Good Labtop??
I'd say that's pretty good for the price range. The T5xxx series are a bit slower, but still plenty fast for average use and even light gaming. I would DEFINITELY take the jump for a better graphics card if possible, however, even an 8400M GS would really improve your graphics performance, allowing light gaming and use of 3d applications such as design or modeling software.
2GB is definitely a plus, as 1GB on Vista is like minimum specs, it lags horribly (my parents have a 1GB Vista desktop, they need to get more RAM lol, constantly complain about it being slow). Getting 64 Bit Vista is definitely a must, as applications are going to move to 64 bit processing and 32 bit OS will become less and less useful. The 64 bit Vista will still run your favorite 32 bit apps though, only issue would be unsigned drivers (like those used to overclock your GPU) and there are workarounds for those too.
As for HP, I think you'll be very pleased. I have an HP dv9700t and it's very nice. The style is the same on their dv6000 series as well, the Radiance imprint finish is a pattern embedded in the top of the case and into the hand rest area beside the touchpad. I think it looks really good. The touch-sensitive media bar (pretty sure the dv6000's have it) is nice. You'll probably also get a mini remote that you can control Windows Media Center with.