I've had my current laptop since uni - Acer Aspire 5920G, with an extra 2GB RAM upgrade, a replacement for the original HD (after 18 months with SMART failure warning, it failed - crazy I know) and now running with one of the screen hinges dubiously hanging off. I decided, after recently having to blue-tack some loose connections into place, that it's time to save up for a new laptop!
What I'm looking for
I'm now earning (semi) decent money, and there's no real time pressure so I'm looking to save up for something really high end - £2000-£3000 ($3200-$4800). Ideally I'm looking for the following things in terms of features/specs (in order of importance):
1. Powerful processor
2. Solid-State Drive
3. Loads of really good RAM
4. Good Graphics Card
5. Touchscreen / Tablet Capability
6. Reasonable size for travelling, 12-16inch (will be put on big TV at home via HDMI)
7. If possible, good durability (see current laptop, also this is why I want SSD)
What I've looked at
I was originally looking at the new Dell Alienware M14x specced up to the max. which looks pretty sick, but then after seeing how everyone has wet themselves with excitement over the iPad/Android series, I thought it might be good to look at one with a flip-round touchscreen. That's led me to looking at the Fujitsu Lifebook T901 and the Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - both look pretty good when you pick all the top specs, but not nearly as good as the Dell Alienware. That said, it might be worth compromising (if I have to) then gradually saving up for a proper desktop.
My question to you
So my main question, is there anything out there I've not looked at yet but really should? Would I be making a big mistake with the Lifebook/Thinkpad? Does anyone own any of these or something fitting the above description that they really love?
Also, I'm not totally averse to a bit of jiggery-pokery as I did build a few PCs from parts back in the day (1999-2000ish) - can anyone recommend decent options for this?