As much as a company wants to call one of there high end laptops a gaming laptop... There realy is no such thing as a gaming laptop. They will never be able to fit a good enough video card into a laptop that will allow you to do any decent gaming.
Not exactly true. The Alienware Aurora m9700 allows you to select a dual 7900GS SLI video solution. Of course that alone will add $700 to the cost of the laptop.
Cheers, should have mentioned that the type of games i intend on playing are at least a few year old, I.e morrowind, duex ex, wing commander prophecy, jedi knights.
I think these games should work ok with the laptop im looking at:- Acer 5101Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, AMD Turion MK-36, 15.4" WXGA TFT Display with Acer CrystalBrite, ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 integrated 3D graphics with up to 128MB of shared system memory, 1024MB (2*512) DDR2 RAM, 100GB 5400RPM Hard Disk Drive, DVD SuperMulti, 802.11b/g Wireless, 6 cell battery, 5-in-1 Card Reader, 0.3MP Orbicam, MS-Works (£490)
Those should be fine, I played morrowind on my craptacular FXGO5200 laptop fine (although minor render issue in drivers made water invisible for a while), DeusEx should be fine as should JediKnight, but not sure about wing commander prophecy never played it, only played the original.
You should be fine with that.
As for newed titles this review put the X1100 against the GF6100-MCP61S (and the GF6200TC [C51G] between the two);