Ambush, nice laptop man.
OP, while you have a wide range of choices depending on your budget, keep a few things in mind.
-It should be a Firewire (FW 800 is better than 400), PCI, PCIe, (PCI and PCIe are not the same) or USB 2.0. And never buy a USB 1.1 instead of USB 2.0 - if it says 'xyzinterface usb 2.0', then it's 2.0. If not mentioned, assume 1.1. If it's USB 2.0 they ALWAYS mention it (because it IS that much of an improvement).
-Read lots of reviews, google for '<interface name> problems', see if it's drivers are stable, see if it suffers from bad quality in general - see what the community says.
-Mic inputs (XLR - 3 pin) are for vocals. To use a guitar through that, you need a DI box.
Instrument/line level inputs (TS/TRS/1/4") are for things like guitar and synths.
Quite a few interfaces have a combo jack, in which you can stick in an XLR or a line level (TS/TRS*) jack.
TS/TRS inputs also come in a Hi-Z variety, which means high impedance stuff like guitar will sound somewhat better through those.
*Folks - If it says 'line in (balanced)' on an interface, does that mean one can't use a (guitar) TS in there?
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