2005 in laptops will not be the steamroller of a year many predict for Intel, but it will be close. Intel has far and away the best laptop chip out there, the Pentium M. It also has some nifty marketing and branding campaigns surrounding it when you bundle it with the wireless chip. If I ever find anything out about it, I will write it up immediately. If Intel gives out M&Ms, I might even go to the press conference.
The Pentium M parts are in a class of their own, and have been since launch. In fact, there is nothing else in the same league. The 533FSB Dothan parts have a TDP of 27W, and it only goes down from there. Even at this low wattage, they perform quite well. Via has comparable power figures, but not for the same level of performance. AMD has better performance but 35W is a hefty 30% more, which translates into battery life of hours less. Not cool, pun intended.