I need a notebook to replace my Inspiron 9300 that's crapped out.
I'm looking for a notebook more portable than my massive 9300 (17" screen will do that...) capable of running Vista Business with full effects and Mint with full Compiz Fusion effects happily. Wireless is a must, bluetooth is not needed, high-res glossy display 14-15" diagonal good battery life and 85WHr battery, 80GB HDD (I've got an external drive for all my media, so I don't need huge on-disk storage), proc speed higher than 1.6GHz and at least 1GB RAM. And I'd like to swing it for under $1000
I've got a license and intallation discs for Vista Business and plenty of *nixes, so a non-OSed notebook is fine by me. Honestly, I'm open to all ideas (even checked out some of HP's offerings - they've actually got some pretty solid notebooks to consider).
I've got no brand loyalty, I just want a really solid laptop with the most bang for the buck. So throw any input and/or experiences my way