Originally Posted by cavallino
Though it is true you will need a fancier one for art/design majors and other majors.
Not really imo. I'm halfway through my degree in Graphic Design and I take a 17" Gateway laptop that has a T2080 @ 1.73gHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics and a 160GB HDD and it runs Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with ease. I was blown away at how nicely it runs tbh. Large files do slow it down a bit but the machine is still highly usable. Got a little Wacom Bamboo to carry around with it and it's a brilliant little setup. Of course I still prefer to use my main machine and Intuos4 when I'm at home, but the laptop serves me very well when I'm at school
Probably helps a lot that its a custom installation of Windows 7 though. Most laptops I sell with those same specs (i work in retail) are so much slower from the bloatware the manufacturers like to install.