Re: Windows Laptop under $1900 budget
I got a Pavilion dv9700t. It has a really fast 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo, a nice 17" screen, optional second hard drive (not installed yet though), 3GB RAM, a fairly capable GPU (8600M GS, not the best out there but good enough for most games short of Crysis). I like the design of this laptop. I take it everywhere, if you have a good carrying backpack or bag, it won't be a problem. I have a backpack because you can carry all kinds of stuff in it (got it from HP), it is designed to fit up to 17" laptops. I don't see why people advocate little laptops so much if you're going to stick them in bags that could hold bigger models anyway. When I have just the laptop in the backpack, it feels really light, usually it's a bit heavy because I have my laptop, chemistry book, notebooks, etc. I like to use it to play games before class starts, but since the dv9700t is technically an "Entertainment PC" more than a gaming one, it handles video, music, and simpler tasks well. Plus, if you're not doing anything extreme, putting it in low power mode gets great battery life.