Couldn't help but notice
Dell Inspiron 6400
Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.16 GHZ/4MB/667MHzFSB)
2 GB RAM
100 GB 7200rpm SATA HD
This seems very well stocked for a mid-priced non-pro laptop. I know laptop hardware is supposed to function at lower speed/power for given specs than desktop equivalents, but would such a machine suffice for a decent entry-level DAW (ie: mixing cubase sx up to 20 tracks, mainly mic'd music and percussion through something like a Presonus Firebox
with very few effects)? What about for recording 4 simultaneous microphone/line-in tracks?
I need a portable computer as it will have to function for my work as well because of my limited budget. Am also considering the slightly more expensive iMac 17" 2Ghz because I have heard that it is likely to work well with such audio hardware and software, however this would be too cumbersome to take to work with me and I can't afford Mac notebooks with similar specs. If the Dell could get me by with the above requirements that would be very nice.
If anyone who knows of such things has any input, I'd be ever grateful.