This is not for me but a friend who I proudly convinced to return his $2400 powerbook.
He has 2400 bucks to spend and wants something pretty high end. I've found a few:
emachines- 6811 looks good to me but worried a little about emachine quality
compaq/hp- weak gfx with Athlon64 offerings, better with p4's but its a p4
dell- XPS looks like it has potential (mobile 9800!) but it's friggin huge!
alienware- cheesy and out of budget
any other suggestions?
Main uses: dvd shrinking/burning, web graphics/flash, gaming, and folding. Nice displays and widescreens are a plus, along with a moderate size and weight.