Since I've seen several people on here recently post about their new hardware, and I hadn't started a thread of my own yet here, I thought I would see if anyone had any input on a laptop my friend plans on buying in the next couple of weeks. In our search we came up with ASUS F8 Series F8Sp-X1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5750(2.00GHz) 14" Wide XGA 3GB Memory DDR2 667 250GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 - Retail. He wants to keep it under $1000 U.S. He's definitely into games, so the best video card on the laptop, the better. We plan on either dual-booting with XP or overwriting Vista with XP for faster game performance, although I'll probably enourage him to at least keep a minimal Vista partition for DirectX 10-required games. He's actually pro-AMD and anti-Intel (maybe got that from me, although I still try to remain open minded). I did inform him that I've read a lot that Intel has re-overtaken AMD in the subject of performance recently. He doesn't really want a large laptop with a big screen so this 14" LCD is fine. He'd actually prefer non-Widescreen, but that's rare in laptops now and the ones that are available are pricey. The graphics card has 1 gig of dedicated RAM, this laptop has gigabit networking (amazingly a lot of laptops I looked at still only had 10/100), has a/b/g wireless and bluetooth, is not too terribly heavy and has a great warranty: Those are all things he's looking for in a laptop. All the reviews I've read about this laptop are extremely positive. He's not concerned with the small cons about the Function key being where the Control key should be, and I've informed him that a few people have had trouble disconnecting a LAN cable and had to use some small piece of random metal to press down on the release latch due to some overhanging part of the case being in the way. Any comments?