Well it looks like you have made your decision, but from buying an Asus F3JP
last year for college, let me give my 2 cents.
First off, I really, *really* suggest not
buying a high performance laptop. I use my laptop all of the time, and about 1% of that time is gaming. Even then it's only retro games that a 500 dollar laptop could have ran.
The big, BIG thing that sucks about gaming laptops is the battery power. I'm lucky if my laptop lasts 2 hours on battery power. That's if I'm doing nothing more then reading a PDF. My classmates use 5 year old thinkpads that have all the same functionality for office, and last 3-4 times as long as my laptop. All that extra hardware kills the power.
There's also some large issues that will detract from playing games on a laptop. The biggest is being forced to use a mouse (don't even try
using a trackpad for gaming). Furthermore, the contrast ratio on any laptop is terrible. Blacks will be an ugly grey, the screensize is smaller, and everything looks washed out. The roommate in the dorm next to me bought a 3,000 dollar alienware laptop, and he is now basically using it as a desktop with external output devices just because of that issue.
I consider myself a power user, and I game a ton on my current desktop, but I've never used my laptop for more then basic office stuff at CU. Writing up papers, surfing the web, reading ebooks, listening to music, *occasionally* watching movies: gaming doesn't really come into the picture.
If I were you, I'd go with the Eee 901
from Asus (the latest netbook they've released, released today in fact), and use that extra 700 dollars to build you a desktop more powerful then the laptop you were planning to buy.Edited by Venerence - 7/8/08 at 2:06am