My son is currently bound for 18 mos. in Iraq and he wants to purchase a reliable unit that will stand up to conditions he might encounter while there. Since he expects it to be subjected to about the harshest environmental extremes, he wanted me to ask around for input on what would be the best. He wants to spend anywhere from 1200 to 1700$ if possible. 2 stripers don't bring in alot of $$$'s Heres a list of items he'd like >2 ghz proc. any flavor? 512 mb ram 60 gig HD higher end graphics card 15" screen DVD/CD-RW 10/100 NIC & Modem min.2 usb ports battery life as long as possible "you can understand why" weight and size not really a problem - he said, "don't worry its my back & I'm a big strapper" and he really is... But above all ruggedness & reliability a "must" After all he's not going to be "just around the corner from the local compinthebox. Anybody have any experience and suggestions.