I found a Asus F8Sv-X1 for $672 new in box
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T5450
2048MB DDR2-667 RAM
160GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
14.0" WXGA Display
Microsoft Windows Vista Business...
I sell these things all day and this is 100% correct. Centrino = Intel mobility setup basiclly, and C2D in a desktop is just a C2D.
Alot of the new laptops coming out have the new Centrino setup on them, Centrino2. Sony is basiclly rolling this out on all their higher end units.
Topic says it all. I built a real budget desktop for my mom 2 years ago and we used a celeron 346 socket 775. I tried one of my E6300's and her machine works just fine, so I just need to get it replaced, is it a big deal w/ Intel?
I would agree with MicroCenter. They have a HUGE selection of Laptops and generally are willing to help you instead of BS you into something that wont work well for you.
The hard part is BB is willing to take a huge loss on their laptops to draw customer's in over a better shopping experience. :(
Since you really cannot find a huge supply of XP Pro based laptops on the market anymore, I believe the point behind this article is about a year too late. For those people who have an XP machine, upgrading now might only get them a performance increase because they have an old battery already...
I work with a ton of biz clients that need CAD effects, and the T61p takes the cake. As another solution, check with a T61. It won't be as top of the line as the T61p, but it will still have similar features.
As in locations to pick one of the t61's up, MicroCenter seems to stock them on...