I got great advice for my personal laptop a couple months ago so I figured I would get everyones input from here again.
1_What is your budget? $600-$700
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15.4 inch or larger
3_What screen resolution do you want? 1440x900 or better if possible.
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable
5_How much battery life do you need? 2 hours of web surfing, music or movies.
Gaming battery life is not important as it will be pluged in for this.
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? High for older games, Low-Medium on newer games is fine.
Older games such as Republic Commando, Knights of the old republic, and some free online games he likes to play (don't know the names.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing, surfing the web, playing music, watching movies, Etc.) Web surfing, music, movies, & school work.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? 100GB or more
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. None
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3 years
11_If you would like to mention some other things about purchasing your ideal laptop, post them. This will be for my Nephew and will be his only computer. I would to get him the best video card possible in this price range. The installed Ram could be 512 to 1gig, I have 2 gigs of 667 Ram I can put in from my old HP that died to help with the price.
I also have the old 100gb HD I can slap in there.
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. No HP computers due to early life failure of the video card on a previous purchase.