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The official word is where you start and then you throw money at more RAM.
Whatever laptop you buy, you will not be happy with it in a few months since it will be replaced by newer and faster processors, bigger drives, and faster graphics cards.
I cannot imagine trying to create video or AE comps without the convenience and space of a second monitor.
Mmmh, when out of town I can get some things done on my 1.5 year old 15" MacBook Pro, but I agree with David - screen real estate (or lack thereof) is the biggest issue when working. One finds himself quickly schuffling around windows. Anyway, if you plan on going with a notebook, get a 17"/18" screen, as much RAM as the thing can handle (usually 4GB) and an NVidia- or ATI-based graphics system, not an intel onboard chipset. The rest is pretty much as David said - buy it today, get jealous for the newer model tomorrow.
Thank you both!
I know the screen is a limitation, but i'm used to this, having worked on a g3 /15inch for 10 years..
looking forward to visiting family abroad and still being able to work..
I am doing most of my work with a 15", 2.53 Ghz MBP.
I connect it to an external display for desktop spanning when I am at work, andI also have fast storage by using an Expresscard/34 dual eSATA add-on. It comes with 4 GB of RAM, which is fine to feed the dual core CPU, and it has a 512 MB GeForce 9600GT card which works nicely with AE's OpenGL. You can also have video montior previews via an AJA or Matrox, both vendors have new models with high-quality output and suitable connections for laptops.
This is not an endorsement. A Windows machine with similar specs should work just as well.
This is very helpfull too, thanks a lot!