Now I find myself considering the features I would like to see in my next-generation laptop. While I don't have any specific vendor or model in mind, here are the features I want:
- Intel Core Micro CPU, probably Merom- and Santa Rosa-based, offering dual cores, Virtualization Technology, and EM64T.
- 2 - 4 GB RAM
- 120+ GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
- nVidia GPU
- Gigabit NIC
- Kedron wireless supporting 802.11n
- Under 7 lbs -- my current laptop is more like a ThinkBrick
- At least 14.1" screen
I don't see anything on Intel's roadmap which offers these capabilities yet, but The Register indicates units will ship around March 2007. Mike's Hardware and NotebookReview.com provide some tips on Merom models as well.
That should give enough time for vendors to include Windows Vista. I think I will run the 64 bit Enterprise version. I plan to dual-boot with FreeBSD, but I will also use some version of VMware. I might run the new, free VMware Server, as long as it supports the same snapshot features found in VMware Workstation.