2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3_What screen resolution do you want?
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Would like it to be portable, however I won't be walking around with it much, only need to walk from my car to the classroom. It's kind of a backup for my desktop PC as well.
5_How much battery life do you need?
Will most likely be plugged into power outlet so it doesn't matter
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)?
Would like to play on high of course. Though I won't always be playing the latest games on it so it doesn't matter too much. I play CS Source a lot. Would like to be able to play Source engine games and CoD4 at high.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing, surfing the web, playing music, watching movies, Etc.)
Nothing intensive, just programming, office apps, browsing the web.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
N/A no idea where to buy from lol
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
As long as possible?
11_If you would like to mention some other things about purchasing your ideal laptop, post them.
This will mainly be for college but will also need to be a backup for my gaming PC.
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.
Not sure about brands, I'd like some recommendations.
I've been using a Dell Studio 15 since the line launched last July and couldn't be more pleased with it overall. For you I would recommend looking at some of the new Dell Studio XPS models, particularly the 13" one. All come with Nvidia graphics that should be able to play COD4 at acceptable levels.
Also, on your budget and requirements you'd be able to barely squeeze in the entry-level aluminum MacBook at $1199, which I bought for myself as a more-portable solution as compared to the Studio 15. You could give that some thought too if you're curious about taking a walk on the Mac side.