Well, thanks, but that doesn't answer my question.
This isn't gonna be a workstation or a gaming platform; I have a desktop for those. I want something to write with, wirelessly surf the web, and watch DVDs while on the plane. So graphics-wise, I just need DVD playback, and battery-wise, I need 3 hours. Anything else is gravy.
I've got a line on a new (warrentied) 2.4GHz celeron laptop w/ DVD-ROM/CD-RW, 15" XGA, 256megs of RAM. It's a low-end laptop, sure, but it's also just $650.