Just wondering, Is there a specific reason that you're using such a powerful chip? An 18f would certainly be able to take care of the job. (they're my favorite!)
Any insight into some features that you will be incorporating into the laptop? I'm quite interested to see the progress of this project.
There isn't any specific reason for using a pic32, I just noticed that the prices were about the same, so why not go for the more powerful one? My friends and I were talking about price, and we did some very rough estimates and got about $50 total. Some others features we talked about were a mini built in keyboard (with an IBM input for a larger one if we wanted to type a lot of code), a smaller screen (less power consumption and more portability), 1 or 2 USB ports with FAT support, an SD card slot for additional memory, two video outputs (VGA and composite video), and an Ethernet port. I will be meeting with my friends on Monday to talk about other features and designing an enclosure, a PCB, and software. By the way, I am using the pic32MX795F512L