I'm in a similar situation - I have to buy a laptop to be my main computer for pretty much the next three years...and I game (so it's important to me that what I buy has some good power packed in and won't be crap by the end of the year).
So my question is: Are the Pentium Ms actually good for hardcore gaming? They seem to have so little power compared to the 64s and the Pentium 4s. Whenever I was looking at my options, I just skipped over all Pentium M processors...assuming that they were good only for business type things
So considering I need this to last for some time...and be okay with gaming, would you say "yes, go ahead, get a Pentium M" -or - "Just go with a 64 bit/Pentium 4"
Oh yeah, battery life/weight doesn't matter to me too much. 90% of my time with it will likely be plugged in - I just need it to be portable so that I can bring it home on vacation.
By the way...SuzyQ...if your son games, he might not be too happy having only 512 ram. I'd say...spend an extra $100 or so and configure the computer to 1gb (1000 mb) ram. That should not only make for better gaming but it will mean less time before having to upgrade/get a new computer