I need to buy a laptop for personal use. I’ve been using Thinkpads as work laptops for so long that I think I’d like to try something else out for a change. It needs to be Dual Core/Core 2 Duo/whatever. Would be nice if it had a fast 200+GB drive in it. And it absolutely MUST have a fast, awesome graphics card in it that has zero problems with compositing, Linux, KDE4, suspend/resume, or anything else. Having dealt with nVidia cards for quite a while now, I’m guessing this means that the new laptop shouldn’t have an nVidia graphics card in it. I am so tired of the constant problems I have with KDE4 and the nVidia Quadro NVS 140M I have on my work Thinkpad T61–can’t use compositing for more than a day before the system becomes totally unstable and invariably X crashes, etc. =:( Maybe an Intel or ATI card? Also, it would be really groovy if the battery lasted longer than 3 hours, consistently.
Anyone have any suggestions? What have people had good success with in a laptop, been able to do compositing and full desktop effects in KDE4 without having any problems or system instability, etc., etc.? I was thinking of maybe trying a new MacBook, but having tried that before and absolutely hated the keyboard (wth, Steve, no home/end/page-up/page-down keys???), I’m not sure how long I’d last on it before pounding my forehead into it. And that’s about where my list of ideas ends. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.