Dell offers a wide range of laptop models, but the XPS series is the most interesting for photographers, thanks to the higher-powered CPU and graphics, along with greater expandability. All models use Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The 13.3-inch XPS M1330 includes 3 GB of shared RAM to help power the integrated graphics adapter, a 250 GB hard drive and a DVD burner. Memory can be increased to 4 GB, and a more powerful NVIDIA 8400M graphics adapter with 128 MB of dedicated memory is available.
The HP Pavilion series has a wide range of notebook computers with lots of customization options. For ultimate mobility, the HP Mini 1000 series is incredibly small, with screen sizes of 8.9 or 10.2 inches. The specs aren't up to serious imaging work (RAM maxes out at 1 GB), but if you primarily want a place to review and organize photos and stay connected when on the go, this is an affordable and affable travel companion. We strongly recommend upgrading to the 60 GB hard drive so you'll have room for archiving photos.