I'd suggest to benchmark the 4500MHD with the latest drivers and compare linux vs xp results.
Many people have this vga on their laptop, and has it can't play the newest games anyway, it would be interesting to see which platform (linux or xp) will offer the better performance, and to evaluate how much effort in Intel putting to develop linux drivers.
Since there is many Linux programmers reading this site, it would be wonderful to have compile test, with different compilers, different processors configurations. For example AMD(I am a fanboy, yes) Athlon X2-4 with different size of caches, Phenoms, intels..etc.
Compilers may be, GCC, Java, icc,..etc.
This way, one can buy the best processor to build ours wonderful "kid".
How come there's not more/any tests or comparisons of printers and wifi cards, both desktop and usb?
Speaking of printers, I notice few benchmarks so maybe these aren't acquired as easily?
My reasoning behind suggesting this is that each may have different issues regarding compatibility. I know someone will think of the OpenPrinting website and suggest that for reference but I suggest in response, that it may be a bit behind and needs updating. In addition, not all mainstream and locally available hardware is listed. The most recent hardware that seems to be really pushed by manufacturers in the stores are not always listed.
I noticed that HP has HPLIP and other companies include .rpm and .deb packages for the drivers but a test or comparison of various printers might illustrate whether the product: A) WORKS - and how well and B) how it works related to LINUX - is it OOTB or does it require more manual processes or installs... is it a smooth install or does it require more manual commands etc.?
Other hardware that could be tested/compared include wireless n cards and the current status regarding Linux compatibility and overall operation experiences.
Maybe these hardware components don't provoke enough interest or attract enough readers but just some suggestions.
I'd like to see more up-to-date benchmarks on current graphics cards, too, such as ATI HD 5xxx cards as compared to Windoze 7 and maybe an inclusion of a HD 4xxx card for reference (again, compared to Windows 7). Of course, this can be done in Ubuntu 10.04...why not...