if you are getting a notebook for gaming i would pick something better but....
if you want a solid notebook with a great screan that does play games and is light
i would get the hp nc8230
i have one and it is great -- 6lb, wide...
t43 has no fire wire! and i would get dedicated v-card(64mb) just for photoshop and pictures
the w3v is the best all around 14"
hp 6230 is very strong but battery life is a little short next to the t43
if money is no problem then i would get the hp nw8240 with everything
6.1 pound - 1.1 thin - hi res wide screen - good battery life and will blow the acer8100 away
and it has a 3 year on site warranty!
when my cpu spikes my audio cracks
i have a external m-audio fire wire card(fire-wire 410)
works fine when i am doing nothing but if i open firefox or any thing that makes
my cpu go up it cracks
i have a 3.2 p4 with a 6800 gt pci...