I am also waiting to replace my netbook for in the field use and then processing the results.
I have seen somewhere on here Ivo answer this question in a somewhat vague way. By that I mean just in general terms without naming a brand etc.
His top tips seemed to be the processor with the most amount of cores and as much ram as you can throw at it. An SSD instead of HDD would also help.
Now comes the kicker, AMD have just released the Kaveri processors and HP have even stuck one in a notebook (HP EliteBook 755).
Pity they haven't realised the full potential of the chip as they have only put 4Gb of RAM and a 500GB HDD along with a lower resolution screen.
Question to Ivo now as to how Startools uses the available cores. Can it use the 10 cores of the A10 PRO-7350B with Radeon R6 Graphics to any better effect than say the new Intel i7 ?
I have put the 2 slides from AMD's site below to show some comparisons. I do not know if this means AMD are better than Intel for what we are trying to achieve i.e. faster startools processing or not.
The speed test table has obviously been weighted to show AMD in the best light, but the results for heavy graphics use do look very promising.