Did you read my post, I'm just saying in response to the title of the thread and some of the posts, Hey, you no like P4, don't buy it. You no like Centrinos, don't buy them. Why the evangelical disdain. You like P3s, great. You like AMDs, fantastic. You like mini-ITX, superb. You like Apple, marvy. You like your 1971 Realistic home built, wonderful. You want a P4 mongo bongo, magnificent.
What I don't like is the notion there should be only one kind of machine, there can be only one interpretation of what is or what should be a notebook. If you don't like or want or need a particular type of machine, don't buy it. Nobody is forcing you to. The only one that wants you to buy it is the manufacturer.
Personally, if I was to buy a machine right now and cost wasn't an issue, I'd probably get the Voodoo M860 or 8790 or an 8890. Maybe all three. I don't think there's any question an 8790 or 8890 can blow away any other notebook made for shear power. However, the P4 line is coming to an end. 32-bit is coming to an end. Its not going to happen instantly, but in 12 months, I have no doubts the most powerful machine on the market will be powered by an AMD 64 FX.
If you love a small light machine and that's what serves your needs, more power to you. If you happen to want something that can compete with desktops, right now, a P4 based machine is going to be the choice. The only chip that can keep up with a P4 3.4 HT is a AMD 64 FX53 and its not been stuffed into any notebooks as yet.
Me, I do architecture professionally. I need as much power as I can get. I need a machine that is portable. Running on battery is good, but I generally don't have a need to run for hours on a battery. Sure, if I could get a machine that could do what I want and last for hours, I would go for it in an instance. I've used smaller machines and been dissappointed with their performance during the entire 4 hours they ran on battery. I'd rather run hot and fast for an hour than be slogging along for 4 hours.
But that's me. I am not everybody else. If there's someone out there that wants a double articulated, multiple micro screen, centrino based machine running on Windows 95 in reverse polish notation and powered by ground potato skins in a pink floral motif, and someone will build it for them, I say more power to the both of you. Go for it. Glad you found each other.
Frankly, its a bit like spouses. Different strokes for different folks. Maybe your parents were the coolest folks in town, but many of us had geeks, nerds, dorks and other misfits from which we were spawned. Be glad they found each other, even briefly or you wouldn't be here. I might like one sort, another of you might think Britney is the best thing a man could want, while somebody else has their preferences. Is there one particular type that can meet every and all expectations, wants, needs?