Originally Posted by JohnBurrows
I think that there's no point in buying a 64-bit notebook right now. The only decent 64-bit mobile cpu out there is Athlon-64 but it does drain batteries quite heavily. And even if you decide to buy that or Turion you know you are going to have problems when new Windows arrives. Sure there's the WinXP 64-bit edition but the next official Windows, Longhorn, has so insane system requirements that I don't think even Dell XPS Gen2 can manage it.
Of course, you don't have to update into a new OS as many people have said that new Windows OS' will have all kinds of security risks so it may be wise to stick with WinXP even after the release of Longhorn. Anyway, I'm buying a new notebook in the fall and at first I thought I should wait dual-core CPUs or 64-bit mobile CPUs from Intel (I'm an Intel man all the way) but the truth is that in my use (light gaming, typing, surfing, editing&mixing pics&music, dvds) those new technologies won't offer much performance increase and are not so good that I should wait almost a year until I can buy a notebook. Right know, F-S Amilo M4438 with it's WUXGA-screen, 2GHz Pentium-M, nVIDIA 6800go 256MB, 1GB RAM, hard-drive with RAID support, will offer solid performance and run Half-Life 2 excellent. That's enough for me eventhough longetivity is important to me.