Just so happens that my old HP DV laptop, with its 3000 updates of WinXPPro, finally bit the dust a couple of weeks ago. It served its purpose well - being able to download files by tether or card reader in order to store them and to just check out the files for basic fitness, and then, finally, to offload the files from the drive to my studio editing desktop. Never thought of editing them on a laptop, almost totally because of the greatest issue in laptop quality - the screens suck. Bad overall color, inconsistent color and brightness over the whole surface, and terrible viewing angles.
So, this time I decided to look for a laptop with some type of IPS screen to see if I could finally really judge my files for quality on the laptop screen and, in a pinch, edit with it as well. I tried to research the subject and had no real success - either the laptops were out of production, wildly expensive, not available in America, or had some other countervailing problems that made them bad choices.
Finally, I took a chance on a new HP again. This time, I got an new (2012 model) HP Envy 17. They never say if the screen (17.3", full HD resolution) is an IPS, but they do ballyhoo that the screen is superior with what I recall that they claim to be 72% Adobe RGB color space. Well, in practice I can only say one word - WOW. This screen kicks butt. It looks to my eyes to be capable, with calibration, of at least a 95% accurate portrayal of the SRGB colorspace, and would be perfectly suitable for very accurate file conversions and later retouching for any uses short of serious for-hire CMYK conversions. The laptop otherwise is also quite nice with beautiful and usefull industrial design, very high end specs overall and a great choice of memory, processors, and drive configurations. The price is surprisingly good (I got mine very nicely outfitted for about $1,400.00 with a good coupon), the support options look superior, it's not loaded with very much bloatware that you have to remove, and it comes with a couple of pieces of marginally useful (Adobe Elements Photo and Premiere 9, plus Office starter) software, plus 2 years of Norton AV, if you want it.
As far as I am concerned, this is the ideal laptop for me as a photographer - moderate price, excellent design and overall specs, very good connectivity with several USB3 and a myriad of other high-end ports, good to outstanding performance (depending on how you configure it) and the best screen I've personally ever seen on a laptop. If this machine lasts as long as my last one, I'll be one happy guy.
P.S. I do not work for HP or any company related to them, have no even remote association with them at all, except as a past paying customer.