I've read some posts on what some of you are using nowadays, but I wanted to ask that question again for my own personal needs. I currently have DELL and have been really pleased with it. My biggest problem, however, was that the audio quality was VERY poor!!! I was using the Martel Mic. After much trial and error, I finally determined it was the laptop and not the mic that was causing problems. I was able to listen to music, videos, etc on it. But when it came to audiosync, the sound came in and out like waves and you couldn't even make out what was being said half of the time. I had to finally purchase an Andrea USB mic which works well, although when I used to scope for other reporters, I've heard much better quality. Also, the battery life on it was poor. But overall, it has helped up very well during jobs.
When I first began reporting, I started with Compaq, then HP, and had HORRIBLE experiences with them!! Went through three laptops in like two years!! DELL was the only one that held up for me. I also prefer XP. I don't want something too bulky, preferably a 13" or 14", no bigger than 15". I don't want a netbook either. I've been speaking to my brother since he knows a lot more about computers/laptops than I do, and he suggested getting something with a Core 2 Duo processor and a system memory of at least 3 GB, more if possible (I think standard is 3B minimum on laptops nowadays). We were also looking at the Asus. Anyone have any experience with those?
I'm pretty much limited to Best Buy since I have a credit card there (more debt..ugh!). Anything else I should be looking for in a new laptop other than what I've already mentioned? Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!!