I was looking for new laptop and finally shortlisted two brands. DELL and HP. The problem with DELL was that I could not see it before buying altough I could customize it online. So I went for HP Pavilion DV6703 TX model.
It has Intel Core 2 Duo processor 1.67GHz, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA graphics card with 256 MB dedicated memory, 160 GB SATA hard disk, 15.4" widescreen, lightscribe DVD writer, webcam, touch sensitive media buttons, windows vista home premium and etc. It costs around 49.5K INR in bangalore.
My experince till now is very good and did not face any major problems. It is recommended if you want a entertainment laptop along with windows OS. It comes with Quickplay software form HP which is very nice. It can play media without booting the entire OS itself. Windows vista home premium also provides a cool experince.
Few of its drawbacks are that somtimes speakers become noisy. For windows vista no DVD is provided. instead a recovery software is provided which eats up 10GB of harddisk space. And if you uninstall the recovery software, you loose the functionality of playing media without booting.
I can give it a rating of 4 out of five seeing the cost factor as well.