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If you are predominantly going to use your laptop for multimedia applications, you do not need an ultra fast CPU, or huge amount of RAM. If you are going to use it "on the move" a lot, then battery life between recharges is extremely important. Some laptops (even big names) give a battery life of a mere 2 hours. I went for HP, my model gives me a genuine 10 hours. As for screen, ask to see a demo of the different screens to determine the best performance (or take in a USB stick with a good quality video on it to compare, preferably an avi file so that unmodified Windows Media Player will recognise it).
Sound from a laptop is certainly not hi-fi, even when played through good headphones (the audio circuitry is really an afterthought). After extensive searches of reviews on the internet I purchased the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones for around £33 (better quality than many £100 headphones). Then I purchased the Creative Labs X-Fi HD USB sound box (around £100). The sound quality is amazing, and the Creative box has outputs that enable me to play through my hi-fi too.
Hard drive space is essential, a minimum of 1TB. When you run out of space, you can purchase USB hard drives (2TB is the optimum in terms of price).
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