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I've awarded this response as the answer although I really liked everybody's contributions. See edit above for my conclusions
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The different components thing is tough when many vendors, especially for the consumer models, don't specify specific components. Given that the driver downloads for a particular model number often contain drivers of a particular type (WiFi, etc.) for multiple vendors, I suspect they may be purposefully vague to allow substitutions mid-product cycle.
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I just tried DriverMax. Really cool. Also, good to hear about Nvidia solving this problem. Video drivers are my biggest fear, so maybe I should look for a laptop w/ Nvidia discrete graphics. Although, since I'm not playing games, maybe the IntelHD stuff would be good enough.
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comment Laptop Most Likely to Have Good Driver Support
Windows primarily. I agree that a lot of this would be a non-issue if I was running a Linux distro.
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It used to be that the laptops aimed at corps (Thinkpads. etc.) would at least have updates available for as long as a typical lease period (used to be three years). Not so sure anymore, and I've read that Lenovo has really dropped the level of support compared to what IBM offered.
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