Save or spend: SpendIntel's latest mobile processor, the Core 2 Duo "Santa Rosa," launched in May to critical praise of its high speed and energy efficiency.
Since it's the beginning of a product cycle, buying now allows you to future-proof yourself against a next generation of software that can't be handled by lesser processors, says Rob Enderle, PC industry analyst.
You can get the processor in a Mac or PC costing around $1,500. PC users, look for one with 2GB of RAM and Windows Vista.
This ultra-thin Dell has all the goods and, well, it comes in this irresistible red. (Mac users may want to wait until Apple launches its new operating system, Leopard, due this fall).