I need a laptop with a firewire port (1394a) so I can use my sound card. I am finding it impossible to find this though. Another alternative is a 13" with the express port (I think that is what it is called, the expansion slot) so I can add firewire but can't find that either.
I don't really want to buy a 13" mac because they are too pricey.
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Soon as I read your post title, I was going to put in "get a MAC", but looks like you are not looking for that.
How about a 14" laptop? Asus N82JQ-A1 Notebook PC - Core i7 i7-720QM 1.60 GHz - 14"