Hey rick, (yes I know you lol)
I will take this thread as "I'm willing too buy a laptop, please tell me which one you recommend"
I have recently bought a HP pavilion dv7-6163cl for $830 (including tax) - with the following specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2670QM
Screen: 17.3 inches (widescreen)
HDD: 450 GB
Weight: 7.4 lb (3.3 kg)
It also has 2 graphics cards so you can switch between them either manually (needs edit in BIOS settings) or automatically:
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
& Intel HD Graphics 3000
I'm not using FG anymore so I haven't tested it there yet, but it runs at 60-100 fps in X-plane (which also uses OpenGL) at medium settings. So it should work with FG as well.
Keep in mind that whatever laptop you buy, make sure you have a cooling pad if you are planning to use FG on it many times/week. Make sure to also monitor the temperature of the CPU and GPU using apps like speedfan because laptops can get 'burned' easily
Lastly, do not let the price trick you, if you bought a desktop with more or less the same specs, you'd have to pay about the same price but that won't include a monitor+webcam&mic+portability+speakers+keyboard