Originally Posted by Hefemeister
The funny thing is if he does not spend the budget he will loose it in the future.
The quoted price of a laptop may run higher if you need to factor in the cost of Windows Vista Business Edition, which is not the standard operating system that laptops come with. And then will he need upgrade versions of Adobe PhotoShop, etc. as well? (Maybe not. The corporation may be able to install it based on their corporate licensing agreement.
Corporations don't usually buy laptops at Best Buy and other retail outlets. They usually contract with the manufacturer and buy in bulk.
Sorry, I don't know enough to recommend a specific model. You can check specs for models at major manufacturers' websites, but it's better to get users' reviews about durability, quirks, etc.