First of all, thank you very much for your input keenmaster486 and Gered!
I have been dabbling in DOS laptops for last couple years, the main reason being lack of physical storage space and push-back from my wife when it comes to beige boxes from the nighties. Along the way I've discovered and fallen in love with plasma screen luggables - but that is another topic.
I am generally trying to stick to 640x480 TFT display and Sound Blaster compatible audio, as you mentioned. Processor can be Pentium or 486, doesn't make that much of a difference in general (Build engine games will stutter anyways). I have a couple, so far:
- Panasonic CF-41 (Pentium, CD-ROM)
- Siemens-Nixdorf PCD-4ND (486, FDD)
Both have 640x480 TFT screens, SB-compatible sound cards, HDDs replaced with CompactFlash for speed and convenience. Siemens is smaller and virtually noise-free (passive cooling), Panasonic is bulkier, but faster and allows for CD music (Quake etc.). Unfortunately it also gets noisy when it gets warmer, which is usually after 15-30 minutes - I find it quite annoying.
In the past, I had a couple of Toshibas with 800x600 TFT screens (500CDT and others), but have given up on them, because they had weirdly sounding SB emulation and badly stretched VGA resolutions.
I also have two small and cute ultra-portables with 800x600 TFT screens:
Didn't have time to work on them yet, I am actually wondering which one would be better for DOS gaming (don't care that much for early Windows stuff). Any opinions on these?
I would love to get a Thinkpad for DOS gaming, but sadly, these are prohibitively expensive these days.
EDIT: Corrected links, apparently support.toshiba.com changed to support.dynabook.com when I was not watching.