But which one!
(Before anyone says it, I don't want a Macbook. I'm not too fond of dishing out $1,000+ for anything, esp something that'll technically be obselete in a few years. I'm just a student. I don't do any extensive video/audio editing and thus don't need one. Unless you have such a compelling argument as to why I should go Mac that you're convinced I'll be convinced, don't bring it up.)
I've been doing a little research and have an idea of what I want (Intel Core i3, 14 to 16 inch screen, at least 3GB of RAM with 64 bit operating system, Windows 7, nice quality webcam, reasonable battery life, optical drive), but even still the whole process kind of intimidates me. I'm afraid I'll end up with something that doesn't suit my needs just because I'm being cheap.
Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts about or suggestions on what type (as in power/desktop replacement, ultraportable, etc.) and brand of laptop I should buy?