Sony's dual core Vaio SZ is available for preorder in Europe now.
Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66GHz Dual Core)
512MB RAM (max 2GB)
13.3" XBrite Screen (cmon, sony screens are )
DVD-RW Optical Drive
Windows XP Home...
The Dell 9400 / E1705 looks pretty made for your demands except for the HDDVD bit. The only laptop that I know of with the HDDVD drive is the Toshiba Qosmio G30 which hasn't come out yet. Similar specs as the Dell except it has the...