8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I currently have an 90gb SSD which I would like to use as a boot drive. I would like a minimum of 250gb of hard drive space
Most of the 'thin and light' variety of notebooks only have a single 2.5" HDD/SSD bay. Without going for a make-shift HDD/SSD in an optical drive bay you'd be looking at one of the slightly beefier & heavier 15" gaming notebooks.
A good example: Sager NP6165 15" custom gaming notebook $900 base configuration
Includes IVB Core i5-3210M 2.5Ghz CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GT 650M graphics.
When configured with the IVB i7-3510QM 2.3Ghz CPU, the upgraded 1920x1080 LCD screen and Win7 the price is right about $1120.
You'd be looking at a weight about 6.3 lbs vs the 15 MBP @ ~4.5lbs