The Dell Inspiron N7110 is one of the more powerful machines in its class. This 17" laptop packs the goods in a package that's small enough to fit in your lap. A good portion of its credit goes to the two-core 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor. Other standouts include a gigabyte of RAM and a 500GB hard drive that spins at a modest 5,400 rpm.
As the name implies, this model is aimed at everyday computing. It comes with a 1.0 megapixel HD webcam, a DVD+/-R drive, and an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo. Not to mention the hefty battery. And since you are likely going to need to charge it often, you'll appreciate the dual-pronged recharging system.
Of course, there are many other options to choose from. For starters, you can opt for the Asus N53JF-XE1, the Samsung RC512-S02, or the HP Pavilion dv6 - which all offer the same triumvirate of Intel Core i5 processors and a slew of bundled peripherals, plus, the added benefit of a slick, touchscreen display. But if your budget is tight, the N7110 is the best bet in this category. Besides, you can always upgrade to the more power packed version once you've gotten your foot in the door.
With all that said, if you're looking for a desktop replacement, you're probably going to be a little disappointed. But if you're looking for a gaming machine, the Dell Inspiron N7110 will satisfy your needs. You'll get a slew of USB 3.0 ports, a hefty battery, and a discrete graphics chip, all for a surprisingly modest price.