Sager, Clevo or ADK. No Dell, HP, Puget, Fujitsu and the like, because they seldomly meet minimum requirements and with DSLR material you are way better off with a desktop, especially since you are:
(I'm a poor college student).
Forget about SSD's apart from the boot disk on a laptop, unless you want to spend money without performance gains.
Think about an i7 quad core with HT, at least 16 GB memory, a nVidia CUDA capable card with 1+ GB VRAM, two internal 7200+ RPM disks or one SSD and one HDD, 1600x900+ monitor resolution, at least an eSATA or USB3 port for external disks, etc.
Even then you will be paying a large amount of money for a perfomance that is way slower than a more affordable deskop. For $ 2000 you can get a desktop system that is at least 5 times faster, so luggability must mean a lot to you. Keep in mind you still need a wall outlet and that exporting a timeline that would normally take 1 hour on a decent desktop, will take you at least 5 hours, but maybe up to 20 hours to export for a 50% price premium.
You just swayed me to go ahead and do a desktop. I wanted the mobility to switch between home and work -- but I'm almost willing to carry my whole tower out the door with me for that kind've increase in workflow
So -- now that I am doing a desktop, where can you point me as good references for building a beastly machine for PP/AE?
Thanks Mr. Millaard..
-more build ideas http://ppbm6.com/Planning.html
-Build it Yourself http://forums.adobe.com/thread/815798
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-at least the Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
This message has a really good graphic about requirements
CS5 Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/810750
About Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/618058
Disk Configurations http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878419