I agree, Intel has a very small gain here for the Core 2 Duo's. Personally, weather it's Intel or AMD, that's not really the point of a Laptop. I would worry more about the video card, Hard drive, and RAM. As of right now you want something with say: 2GHz dual-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD Burner, and Vista 64bit/32bit. Most laptops will have something like Intel GMA X1300 graphics. If you can get a mobile 8400/8500/9600/9300, that would be a very important aspect. Hope that helps.