The current poll at the time of this writing runs a few questions. Here's a copy/paste: I consider most important in a laptop... Performance 60.7% Battery Life 18.9% Size and weight 14.3% Style 4.1% Brand name 2.0% Total Votes: 244 I find it odd that people consider performance first in a laptop over size and weight or battery life. I'm wondering why someone would want a laptop to be high performance when that goes against portability and battery life. Performance for me has been the role of a desktop/workstation. I look for a laptop to be light weight to make it easier to carry around. And to offer long battery life so I can stay untethrered from the AC outlets longer. I'm not bashing the answers in as much as trying to understand why a portable computer would need to have power over portability, especially when the lowest CPU available in a 5 year old laptop still runs Windows and other applications just fine.