About a year or so ago, my HP zd8000 notebook caught a bolt of lightning down a phone line while I was out for the day - thanks mum, I did warn you!
In retrospect, I was lucky it had lasted as long as it did as it turns out that particular range from HP was quite notorious for getting very hot, hot to the point it'd burn out certain chips or warp the board and break the tracks etched onto it. As it was, it ran so hot during normal operations that it heat-damaged the surface of the table I would use it on, so I bought a notebook cooler to sit it on and that probably helped a great deal in keeping it alive. Anyway, that and what I read about it turned me off buying another HP, for now.
After some shopping around I settled on this Toshiba notebook. It was $1500 AUD, which today is around $975 USD - so an equivalent machine would be much cheaper now. 15 inch screen, 1.88GHz dual-core, 2GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 (256mb) graphics card. Running Windows Vista Home Premium, I think I averaged around 20-30 fps. Not as much as I'd have liked, but not bad for running Premium graphics content and I had no trouble with PvP. Plus it has bluetooth, b/g wireless and biometric fingerprint scanning - which are nice extras.
Originally by: Kessiaan
Classic client runs just fine on the newer XP EEEs. Tiny screen takes some getting used to though - tight overview settings are really important.
And they're very
portable - I almost bought one for classes because of this, before I decided to bring the Toshiba book here and have a gaming machine for EVE (and other things) at home instead.