Yeah, I play a bit of EQ2 which is why I'm thinking it might have to be pretty top-end. But the 9600 can with over 1 GB RAM should handle it.
Heck, I know it can handle it - I've played EQ2 on my laptop under the config I listed above (3GHz AMD64 Processor, 1.25GB RAM, ATI 9600 64MB), and it plays rather well. Obviously doesn't look as good as my PC, but it plays.
Unfortunately my laptop was a discontinued item, so good luck finding one that has a real video card for under $1.5K.
But to keep this in the console forum (
), let me also suggest a PSP as you stated. As long as you find a version 1.50 console (not that easy anymore), you can play not only PSP games, but emulation as well. Nothing like playing the classic Scumm titles or other fun things on a portable console.